COVID-19 News and Information

Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

Read the very latest alert from the Australian Government Department of Health.

 

27/7: Financial support for businesses impacted by COVID-19 in NSW

Information and how to apply for grants, loans, and financial assistance for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in NSW is now available. Read more…

27/7: Easing of Victorian Lockdown Restrictions effective as of 11.59 pm Tuesday 27 July

For both metro Melbourne and regional Victoria, individuals will be able to leave their homes for any reason, however the requirement for COVID safe behaviours will remain in place – namely the requirement to wear a mask and check-in to public locations using the QR code system. Read more...

22/7: Canterbury-Bankstown aged care and health worker COVID-19 testing

From the 23 July, people living in or are staying in the Canterbury-Bankstown local government area but work outside this area, must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) in order to be allowed to go to work as an aged care or health worker. Read more…

20/7: South Australia Level 5 Restrictions and Essential Workers

Members in South Australia should read available material to understand who is an ‘essential worker’ under the South Australia Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions. Read more…

20/7: Update NSW members

For Members living in the three NSW LGAs: Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown, the Public Health Order permits only essential workers to leave these LGAs for work. Read more…

20/7: Latest lockdown news for Victoria and South Australia

Victoria will remain in lockdown for a further seven days under current restrictions. South Australia is going into a Level 5 lockdown from 6 pm 20 July for seven days. The complete public health order has not been published but this is the highest level of lockdown so private practices should start preparing for working via telehealth. Further detail to follow.

20/7: SA exposure locations and more information

SA Health has identified exposure locations associated with positive cases of COVID-19 in South Australia and provided further information relating to the latest COVID outbreak. Read more…

19/7: Members living in the three NSW LGAs: Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown

The Public Health Order permits only essential workers to leave these LGAs for work. The Association has confirmed that self-regulated health practitioners, including speech pathologists, working in both the private and public sectors are considered to be essential workers under this Public Health Order.

16/7: Victorian lockdown update

As per the Premier’s announcement, Victoria entered a state-wide 5 lockdown as of 11.59pm Thursday 15 July. Read more…

16/7: Local government areas and PPE usage in Queensland

Queensland Health have advised that from 6 am Friday, 16 July 2021, the following local geographic areas have been determined by the Chief Health Officer to be low or moderate risk. Read more…

15/7: Public Health orders relating to COVID-19 tests for Greater Sydney workers

From 12:01 am on Wednesday 14 July 2021 members may need to get a COVID-19 test if they are leaving your home to go to work. Read more…

8/7: New vaccination requirements for visiting residential aged care facilities

Members working in or visiting residential aged care facilities should be aware of new restrictions (from 17 September 2021) that have been put in place by the Australian Government. Read more… 

30/6: Alice Springs will go into lockdown – Northern Territory

Alice Springs will go into lockdown for 72 hours as of 1 pm on 30 June 2021.

30/6: Communique for Queensland allied health professionals

Members are advised to refer to the communique for allied health professionals living and working in South East Queensland, Townsville City (including Magnetic Island) and Palm Island. Read more…

29/6: Queensland: New restrictions from 6 pm, Tuesday 29 June

The Queensland state government has announced new restrictions from 6 pm tonight, Tuesday 29 June 2021 until 6 pm Friday 2 July 2021. Read more…

29/6: South Australia: people in health care settings must wear a mask

From 12.01 am 29 June 2021, all people in health care settings must wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) at all times when in the physical presence of other people on the premises. Read more…

29/6: Western Australia: Perth and Peel four-day lockdown – 29 June

Perth and Peel will enter a minimum four-day lockdown from 12.01am, Tuesday 29 June 2021 until 12.01am, Saturday 3 July 2021. Read more…

28/6: Extension to Northern Territory lockdown

The Northern Territory Government has announced an extension of lockdown for a further 72 hours. Read more… 

28/6: Increased restrictions in South East Queensland

Increased restrictions have been announced for South East Queensland. From 1am Tuesday 29 June 2021, increased restrictions will be brought in for people living in South East Queensland in 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs). Read more…

28/6: Information relating to the lockdown in parts of the Northern Territory

Information relating to the lockdown in parts of the Northern Territory is available. Read more…

26/6: NSW ”stay-at-home” orders and their impact on allied health professionals and their patients

NSW ”stay-at-home” orders and their impact on allied health professionals and their patients - clarification for allied health from the Chief Allied Health Officer. The following information should be considered general practical measures for clinicians based on advice received and understanding of the Public Health Order (PHO). This is applicable for the four LGAs of City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, and Randwick. Read more…

23/6: Restrictions in Victoria - allied health detail

The Acting Premier’s Statement has issued a statement with the updated Table of Restrictions at the bottom. Read more…

23/6: NSW Government directive relating to COVID-19

The NSW Government’s directive relating to COVID-19, including information about wearing face masks is available. Read more…

22/6: Mask wearing indoors in Victoria

Members are reminded that mask wearing indoors (unless at home) is currently mandated in Victoria. Read more…

17/6: Easing of COVID restrictions in Victoria – UPDATE

The Acting Premier has released a statement regarding revised restrictions for Victoria. Further detail for speech pathologists. Read more...

10/6: Further information for speech pathologists in Melbourne

The Association has been advised the following information in relation to the recent announcement from the Acting Premier and the new restrictions from 11:59pm Thursday 10 June. Read more… 

10/6: Over 50 wanting to receive Pfizer vaccine: Victoria

If someone over 50 wants to receive a Pfizer vaccine, they must have a referral from the Victorian Specialist Immunisation Program. This is a referral system only and there is a criteria they need to meet. Read more…

9/6: Melbourne COVID lockdown – 9 June 2021

The Acting Premier has released an update on the easing of restrictions from 11:59 pm on 10 June 2021. Allied Health providers (including speech pathologists) are able to return to providing routine care in metropolitan Melbourne, with the exception of indoor group classes which are still not permitted. Regional Victoria may recommence indoor group classes with a maximum capacity of 10 people (including the practitioner) and with the density quotient of 1:4sqm. Read more…

7/6: Financial Assistance for Victorian Businesses

The Victorian Government’s $371 million Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two announced on 3 June will assist eligible small to medium Victorian businesses most affected by the restrictions announced on Thursday 27 May 2021 and extended beyond Thursday 3 June 2021. Read more…

7/6: More South Australian locations to get the COVID-19 vaccination

New COVID-19 vaccine clinics have opened in the north and south of Adelaide to make it easier for eligible people to get vaccinated. Read more…

2/6: Webinar for Victorian healthcare workers

Victorian Department of Health is hosting a webinar for all healthcare workers eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1. Read more…

29/5: Veterans and their families during the Victorian COVID lockdown

In response to the current Victorian lockdown, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs provide information relating to the treatment of veterans and their families during the current Victorian COVID-19 lockdown. Read more…

28/5: Latest COVID-19 information for Victoria

An email has been sent to all Victorian members regarding the seven day COVID-19 lockdown. Read more…

6/5: NSW COVID-19 update

The NSW Chief Allied Health Officer has advised that the most recent COVID-19 order has no direct impact on allied health services at this stage. Read more…

30/4: COVID-19 vaccination program – Victoria update

Healthcare workers and those over 50 are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Victoria. Healthcare worker are part of Priority Group 1 identified for vaccination against COVID-19. Read more...

27/4: Telehealth services extended through 2021

The Government has announced the extension of COVID-19 health arrangements until 31 December 2021. The extension of telehealth includes services for allied health providers, including speech pathology. The Government continues to work with peak bodies, including Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) and Speech Pathology Australia, to determine permanent arrangements for telehealth after the pandemic. Read more…

27/4: WA restrictions eased for Perth, Peel, and Rottnest

From 12.01 am Tuesday 27 April, new measures will be in place for Perth, Peel, and Rottnest in Western Australia. Read more…

22/4: Report on telehealth and allied health during COVID-19

The University of Melbourne have published their final report on Telehealth by allied health practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic. This survey, undertaken in collaboration with Speech Pathology Australia, Allied Health Professions Australia, and other peak body associations, provides valuable data about clinician and client experiences with telehealth as it was broadly implemented during pandemic-related restrictions. This report may be useful in assessing future pathways for telehealth in a post-pandemic world. Read more…

21/4: COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace

Fairwork have expanded our information on COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace. Visit COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace for information and guidance on common questions about coronavirus vaccinations and the workplace.

14/4: Queensland Health advise: all areas are low risk for PPE

Queensland Health has advised that from 6 am on Thursday, 15 April 2021 that all geographical areas will be low risk for PPE use. Further information is available from the Queensland Health website. Read more… 

14/4: COVID-19 vaccine updates

The COVID Vaccinations page is updated regularly when new information when it is made available. Read more…

31/3: COVID-19 outbreak snap lockdown update – 31 March

Queensland Health is continuing to actively response to the declared public health emergency in relation to COVID (19). Read more…

31/3: FAQs: COVID-19 vaccination for speech pathologists

The Australian Government has started the roll out of its COVID-19 Vaccination program. The Association has released a FAQ to address member questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. Read more…

30/3: Department of Veterans’ Affairs Provider News Article

In response to the lockdown affecting greater Brisbane from 5 pm AEST Monday 29 March, 2021 to 5 pm AEST Thursday 1 April 2021, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has published a Provider News Article informing of services available to veterans and their families during the Coronavirus pandemic. Read more…

29/3: COVID-19 outbreak in Queensland - snap lockdown

The Queensland Premier has announced a three (3) day lock down as of 5 pm 29 March 2021. Read more...

26/3: Department of Health COVID19 Vaccination in Aged Care Update

The Department of Health provided an update, re vaccination for aged care staff. The roll out of the vaccination program has been acknowledged as an enormous logistical undertaking, and is still under development, which is why some information is not always known / available as yet. Read more…

26/3: COVID-19 outbreak in Queensland

On 26 March 2021, the Queensland Government instituted heightened precautions in response to a positive COVID-19 case being identified with possible community exposure. Read more…

24/3: Extension of telehealth and other COVID-19 arrangements

The Government has announced the extension of temporary COVID-19 health arrangements until 30 June 2021. Providers are able to continue delivering telehealth services for general practitioner (GP), allied health, specialist and community nursing services; and hospital-based mental health and rehabilitation day programs to Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) clients until 30 June. Read more…

23/3: Further guidance on PPE in Queensland

Queensland Health has advised that from 12 pm on 19 March, all geographical areas will be low risk for PPE usage. Read more…

19/3: Priority groups for COVID-19 Vaccination Program: Phase 1b

Members are alerted to this Department of Health presentation (see slide 6) as it shows who will be vaccinated for COVID-19 under Phase 1b, based on recommendations by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. Read more… 

17/3: MBS Telehealth Items Extended to 30 June 2021

The Federal Government have announced that Temporary MBS Telehealth Items will be extended to 30 June 2021. Read more…

15/3: COVID-19 outbreak – (Brisbane outbreak)

On 13 March 2021, the Queensland Government instituted heightened precautions in response to a healthcare worker case being identified. These precautions are intended to limit the further spread of this variant in the community and allow an assessment of risk of any further exposure in the community. Read more…

12/3: COVID-19 vaccination – Disability Provider

The Department of Health has issued the next COVID-19 vaccination – Disability Provider Alert (11 March 2021). This alert is for all Department of Social Services (DSS) Disability Grant Recipients. Read more…

3/3: COVID-19 vaccination resources

A range of resources are available for members and their clients relating to the COVID-19 vaccination. Read more…

2/3: NSW Risk Monitoring Dashboard status updated to green

The Risk Monitoring Dashboardprovides an assessment of transmission risk in healthcare settings. As of 24 February 2021 the overall status is green. Read more…

23/2: COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability

The Australian Government has published information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability. Read more… 

18/2: Victorian members – further update on 18 February 2021

Further to the lifting of the five-day lockdown as of 18 February 2021, DHHS has further advised that for Tier 1 PPE – Routine care of COVID negative – Eye protection is no longer required. (That requirement was only for the circuit breaker period.)

This advice was released on Wednesday night and it is the Association’s understanding that the updated conventional use of PPE guidance will be updated very soon on the DHHS website. (The link will be added once the update is available.)

17/2: End of Victorian lockdown

The Premier has announcement today, 17 February, that the five-day circuit breaker lockdown will be lifted as from 11.59 pm tonight. Read more…

15/2: Easy English resources during Victorian lockdown

Easy English resources about the current restrictions across all of Victoria can be found on the state government's web page: Information about coronavirus (COVID-19) for people with disability and people caring for them. Read more…

15/2: Treating veterans during lockdown in Victoria

Information for members who may be treating veterans during the five day lockdown across Victoria. Read more…

12/2: Update for Victorian members (from 11.59 pm 12 February)

The Victorian Premier has announced a five-day circuit breaker lock down as of 11.59 pm 12 February. Read more…

5/2: WA: Transition out of lockdown from 6pm, Friday 5 February

Pending no further local cases, the five-day lockdown for the Perth, Peel and South West regions will end as planned. Read more…

4/2: Victoria COVID-19 update – 4 February 2021

In response to a hotel quarantine worker testing positive, new state-wide restrictions came into effect in Victoria as of 11:59pm on 3 February 2021. Read more…

2/2: Treating WA veterans and their families during the Coronavirus pandemic

In response to the current lockdown in WA, the Department of Veterans' Affairs has published a Provider News Article informing of services available to veterans and their families during the Coronavirus pandemic. Read more…

2/2: Next COVID-19 Primary Care and Allied Health webinar

The next Department of Health COVID-19 Primary Care and Allied Health webinar is on Wednesday 3 February from 11.30 pm – midday (AEDT). The panel will provide key updates and answer participants’ questions. The webinar will be hosted by Dr Anne-marie Boxall, Chief Allied Health Officer, Department of Health and her guests will be Dr Jennifer Hewitt, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney and Anita Hobson-Powell, CEO Exercise & Sports Science Australia. Read more…

1/2: Information for members providing services in Perth metro and the Peel and South West regions – 1 February 2021

From 6:00 pm on 31 January 2021 until 6:00 pm on 5 February 2021 all persons who live in Perth metro and the Peel and South West regions must remain in their home other than for one or more of the following reasons. Read more…

22/1: UPDATE: Use of PPE in Queensland (22 January 2021)

The Queensland government has advised that as of 1:00 am on Friday 22 January, all geographic areas in Queensland will be low risk for PPE usage. More information can be found on the Queensland Health website and the Interim infection prevention and control guidelines for the management of COVID-19 in healthcare settings, which provides links to the Pandemic Response Guidance Personal Protective Equipment in Healthcare Delivery .

12/1: NSW Health advice regarding Queensland LGAs

NSW Health advises that if staff have visited the following Queensland local government areas: City of Brisbane, Logan City, City of Ipswich, Moreton Bay Region, Redland City, Lockyer Valley Region, Scenic Rim Region or Somerset Region, since 2 January 2021 and are essential for maintaining the service, they should have a risk assessment performed in consultation with the local public health unit. All home care service providers must maintain vigilance to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 as the virus still circulating, particularly in areas of Sydney. Visit the NSW COVID-19 website for areas of active community transmission. 

11/1: Australia's Epidemiology and COVID-19 Vaccine Roadmap – speech pathologists

Under 'Australia's Epidemiology and COVID-19 Vaccine Roadmap', priority will be given to frontline (hospital) healthcare workers, residential aged care and disability care workers, and anyone working in quarantine facilities (Phase 1a). #SLPeeps working in these settings are likely to be included in Phase 1a. Read more…

11/1: Update for the greater Brisbane area after 6 pm 11 January 202

Masks must (at this stage) continue to be worn inside until 22 January 2021, and the 4m2 rule remains in place. If a person leaves the greater Brisbane area these rules still apply to that individual. Read more…