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COVID-19 Information (updated 31st March 2020)

By Waveny Holland on behalf of the AACMA Board and Office

We are currently trying to cope through extraordinary times and the whole world is involved with us in this rapidly changing environment that is COVID-19. It is very easy to be panicked by the overwhelming media coverage and the restrictions that are being applied to daily lives and potentially our livelihoods.

We are working to provide you with the most recent and relevant information.  During this time, we will communicate with members via email, Social Media and on our website.  Please ensure that you remain well informed and keep up to date with both Federal and State Health Departments.

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COVID-19 Financial Information

The Government has announced its new JobKeeper financial package. This package does apply to sole trader practitioners and is an addition to other financial support packages the Government already has in place. What this package provides is a payment of $1500 per fortnight, for all eligible employees including self employed sole traders. This package is delivered via the Australian Taxation Office, AACMA advises all members to check your eligibility and consider registering for this package.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Is Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine considered an essential service?

A: Chinese medicine is a registered health profession and recognised by the Federal Government as allied health. Allied health practitioners are part of the primary care health sector that provides an essential health service to the community.

Q: Should I close my clinic?

A: There has been no directive from the government for any allied health service to close or stop providing treatments. Very strict infection control guidelines should be observed in both treatment and waiting rooms and distancing requirements in the waiting room and reception desk. The use of any available personal protective equipment (PPE) gloves, masks etc is advised.

Q: Is it acceptable to close my clinic?

A: Yes. All of us, practitioners, authorities and the public alike, are very concerned about COVID-19 and its possible spread.  The practice of self care is very important in these times and for you, that may include closing your clinic. We have a responsibility for ourselves and our families to do what is best for us. That gives every practitioner the choice and control over what is best for them – when and if to close and reopen their clinic. Exercise the most suitable choice for you.

Q: Should I be treating people if I have respiratory symptoms?

A: If you are unwell and potentially contagious, you should not be treating patients.

Q: Should I treat people with respiratory signs or symptoms?

A: You have the right to refuse to treat a patient.  If they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or have just returned from overseas and are unwell or fulfil any other criteria for COVID-19, you can/must refer them to their GP for assessment.  Here is a link to a self-assessment tool

Q: Can I make online/virtual appointments with patients for a Chinese herbal medicine consultation?

A: If the patient consents to having an online consultation, it would be appropriate to deliver a consultation via telephone, Zoom, Skype or the like.  All necessary practice guidelines such as record keeping and patient confidentiality should be followed.  However, at this stage, the Private Health Funds do not provide rebates for online consultations.

Q: Is AACMA lobbying the government for access to Medicare during this time?

A: AACMA certainly is.  We are communicating with the government about this issue and several others at the moment.

Q: Is AACMA still open?

A: AACMA Head Office is open and operating under reduced staff and hours to comply with social distancing directives. If the office is required to shut down, the best way to contact any AACMA office staff member is via email. aacma@acupuncture.org.au

是的,AACMA会员注册的中医门诊可以继续开业

我们注意到许多会员对联邦和州政府的信息感到困惑。以下是一些现实情况,可帮助您驾驭这一含糊且前所未有的时候。

截至23/3/20的现实情况:

  • 中医是注册专业,被联邦政府视为专职医疗专业。
  • 专职医疗被视为基本医疗保健服务,因此成为基本需求
  • 基本意味着绝对必要。因此,如果患者的背不好甚或咳嗽,对他们而言,获得治疗则是必要的
  • 我们的行业既属于初级,也属于基本。初级是排行。任何被认为是“第一”或“更重要”的东西都归于初级。

世界卫生组织将传统医学实践视为初级医疗,而澳大利亚政府则认为我们是专职医疗,因此也是初级医疗。

因此,是的,您可以选择保持开业状态。

*所有信息为截至23/03/2020的最新信息。一旦以及何时情况发生变化,AACMA将更新并通知所有会员和相关人员。

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Tasmania

Tasmanian Public Health Hotline 1800 671 738

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