Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced an extended State of Emergency over the weekend, adding another month to the current COVID-19 situation. The State of Emergency has been extended to May 11th.
We’re now in Stage 3 Restrictions, and all Victorians are being urged by the Premier and the Health Department to stay at home when it is at all possible. Fines are being issued to people who are not adhering to the restrictions, including businesses and individuals.
Myotherapy and Remedial Massage are currently listed as non-essential services, so our doors will remain closed a little longer. We also respect that so many of our patients are in high risk categories, so remaining closed at the moment is the most ethical action we can take to protect our vulnerable patients.
This is a hard time for us as practitioners, as I’m sure its also a terrible time for people with chronic pain who are now unable to receive treatment as normal.
AHPRA registered practitioners are still permitted to operate, so that includes practices that are covered under Medicare Benefits Schemes, like physiotherapy and acupuncture. Myotherapy is not currently part of AHPRA or Medicare.
If you need urgent treatment, we encourage you to contact our friends Amanda at Upwey Acupuncture, or Travis and the team at Pathways Physiotherapy in Ferntree Gully.
We will keep reassessing the situation as new information becomes available, however we don’t anticipate reopening before the May 11th State of Emergency period.
Please keep safe and healthy as best you can, and know that we are looking forward to being able to announce our reopening date as soon as its safe to do so.
Mel is a Myotherapist based in Ferntree Gully.