Speech Pathology Australia guidance for service delivery, clinical procedures and infection control during COVID-19 pandemic

9 July 2020 Version 6

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Victorian speech pathologists and face masks

Speech Pathologists and other health professionals in Victorian locked down areas (Greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire) are advised by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer to use a surgical mask for any procedure/treatment where they unable to maintain a safe physical distance. This is not a legally enforceable directive, but it is strong precautionary advice, and supports public health measures aimed at reducing the transmission of the virus. The advice remains that health professionals should maintain good infection control procedures including frequent handwashing, maintaining physical distancing and cleaning of surfaces that have been exposed to clients. Allied health professionals are reminded that the risk of transmission of COVID19 is higher indoors than outdoors. Speech pathologists can contact their local PHN to apply for an allocation of face masks and PPE, noting your profession, as speech pathology is within a high priority grouping.

Speech Pathology Australia reminds speech pathologists to also refer to the SPA Guidance on Service Delivery document for specific guidance on PPE during specific speech pathology tasks/ procedures with higher risks, and ensure that training in appropriate use of PPE has been undertaken.  It is also advised to consider, where clinically appropriate, that telehealth consultations be utilised. Read more...


Access to PPE in the community

Access to Surgical Masks through PHNs


Advisory Panel

Speech Pathology Australia has further revised this guidance document for service delivery, clinical procedures and infection control during the COVID-19 pandemic. Revisions of this document occur regularly as the situation evolves and updated information becomes available.

To inform this work, the Association recently formed an Advisory Panel working across a range of clinical areas and practice settings. This ensures the guidance reflects the needs of members in differing situations and in the context of the current status of COVID-19 in Australia. The Associations thanks go to those members involved for their advice and expertise.

Stacey Baldac, Cate Barrett, Patricia Bradd, Julie Cichero, Michelle Cimoli , Amanda Dansky, Gaenor Dixon, Bernadette Dutton, Shari Fuller, Nicky Graham, Nichola Harris, Bronwyn Hemsley, Trish Johnson, Tracy Kelly, Christine Kendall, Barbara Lyndon , Cate Madill , Stella Martin, Kathryn McKinley, Emma McLaughlin, Gail Mulcair, Andrea Murray, Bernadette O’Connor, David O'Connor , Christopher Payten, Debra Phyland , Gloria Staios, Hannah Thompson , Kym Torresi, Liz Ward, Kelly Weir, and Denise West.