Shepparton lockdown lifting at midnight / Ballarat entering week-long lockdown

The Victorian Government has announced that the current lockdown in the greater Shepparton area will ease tonight Wednesday 15 September at 11.59pm AEST. The restrictions for Shepparton will be the same as the rest of regional Victoria. For more information on today's announcements click here.

From midnight tonight massage therapists, remedial massage therapists and myotherapists in the greater Shepparton area will be permitted to resume routine services. Face masks will be required by therapists and clients. It is the Association's understanding, treating from home-based clinics will be permitted and mobile massage will also be permitted as long as the therapist is located in regional Victoria and does not travel into metropolitan Melbourne or the Ballarat area to treat.

Ballarat to enter lockdown

The Victorian Government also announced that the City of Ballarat will reenter lockdown tonight Wednesday 15 September at 11.59pm AEST until at least Wednesday 22 September at 11.59pm AEST, due to a concerning rise in COVID-19 case numbers. The City of Ballarat will have the same restrictions in place as metropolitan Melbourne except for the curfew.

During the lockdown, only authorised health services will be permitted to continue treating. Massage therapy, remedial massage therapy and myotherapy are not listed as authorised health services that are permitted to treat during the lockdown.

Massage & Myotherapy Australia will continue to monitor the situation and notify members of any changes to directions.

List of support services available

Mental Health and Anxiety

Business and Financial Assistance

Beyond Blue
Support for those dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

Black Dog Institute
Resources for anxiety and stress caused by COVID-19.

A 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention service.

MensLine Australia
Health and relationship advice for men.

NewAccess for Small Business Owners
A free and confidential mental health coaching program, developed by Beyond Blue to give small business owners, including sole traders the support they need.

Suicide Call Back Service
Free counselling for suicide prevention and mental health via telephone, online and video for anyone affected by suicidal thoughts, 24/7.

AusGov COVID-19 Payments
Payments and services during COVID-19

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
Tax assistance for those struggling through adversity.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment
This is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 state public health order.

For those who require financial support.


National Coronavirus Helpline
A 24-hour a day number to call for COVID-19 questions or concerns.

Fair Work Ombudsman
If you feel you have been unfairly dismissed from work.

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