5 June 2020
Victorian shiatsu practitioners
In response to our request for written confirmation that shiatsu therapists are legally permitted to resume practice, Business Victoria has advised:
We believe this response signifies permission for shiatsu therapists in Victoria to practise.
STAA is continuing to seek to confirmation to define shiatsu as on par with therapeutic massage with the Victorian Government, in particular if the former restrictions are reinstated.
We highly recommend completing the COVID-19 infection control training. It's informative, free and you can claim CPE points. It takes about 30-45 minutes, and you can display the certificate in your clinic.
Other recommendations include:
Check here for the Victorian COVID-19 updates and information.
If you have any questions about your business’s ability to open under current restrictions you can call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15 or using their Contact Us form.
26 May 2020
Queensland shiatsu practitioners
We have received confirmation from Queensland Health that shiatsu therapists may now deliver therapeutic services to clients.
"Qualified shiatsu practitioners are omitted from the non-essential list as per the non-essential business, activity and undertaking Closure Direction (No.10), and therefore may deliver therapeutic services to clients."
Ensure you comply with COVID-19 safety advice.
Stay up-to-date with the latest information via the Queensland Government website:
19 May 2020
Tasmanian shiatsu practitioners
We have heard from a couple of Tasmanian practitioners that they have confirmation from Business Tasmania to restart their practice.
This is practice specific information, so we suggest that any Tasmanian practitioners wanting to resume contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 to clarify the position for their practice.
All practitioners need to comply with federal and state COVID-19 guidelines.
15 May 2020
Victorian shiatsu practitioners
We have not yet obtained written confirmation about resuming shiatsu practice in Victoria. Therefore, STAA’s advice to pause your practice remains.
If you are practising or considering practising, we advise you to thoroughly research the following sources and rigorously appraise risk profiles of clients, your work space and your own health risk factors:
28 April 2020
NSW shiatsu practitioners
Updated information from the NSW Government confirms that "people providing health services may include non-registered health practitioners" and may practice under the following guidelines. This category does include shiatsu practitioners.
The NSW Government's updated advice states:
24 April 2020
COVID19 Practice advice
STAA is continuing to advise all shiatsu practitioners to pause their practice. We believe this is currently the safest and most responsible decision for practitioners, clients and the community.
We are aware of the decisions allowing practising to continue for remedial massage and myotherapists. The government's view of shiatsu is normally different to massage, so we are seeking written clarification from state and territory health departments before changing this advice.
On advice from the ACT Chief Health Officer, a practitioner in ACT has recommenced practice so this is encouraging; but we do not have anything yet from other states/territories.
Please note that STAA can only provide advice. It is not mandated to authorise closures or continuations of practices.
Each practitioner must weigh up the unique conditions of their practice, client base and risk factors.
If you choose to practice it must be with the highest standard of infection controls and informed consent of clients.
STAA is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation. It does not have the paid full-time CEO, staff and resources that large associations enjoy. We ask for your continued patience and support.
23 April 2020
Shiatsu therapists may be eligible for the JobKeeper payment scheme.
Details about eligibility are provided on the ATO's website.
STAA's treasurer Peter Caldwell is happy to provide assistance and take email questions from members about this. Contact Peter on firstname.lastname@example.org
31 March 2020
In his press conference on Sunday 29 March, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced increased restrictions on movement in public and personal contact. These are now enforceable with heavy fines for non-compliance.
Advice to shiatsu qualified practitioners
In light of the clear mandate in Queensland, all Australian shiatsu practitioners are advised to pause their practices until there are clear indications to resume.
While legal continuation of "health services" in other states and territories is still unclear, we feel that pausing your shiatsu practice is the most responsible and safest decision for you, your clients and your community.
Advice to practitioners with dual qualifications
Shiatsu practitioners also registered with AHPRA, for example those with acupuncture registration, are advised to seek practice eligibility information through the association representing that therapy.
Sole trader, self-employed and those that have lost jobs - government financial support
The Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight.
Sole traders, the self-employed, casual workers, and contract workers who have seen their hours, work, or income fall by 20% or more as a result of the coronavirus will be eligible for the coronavirus supplement.
The coronavirus supplement can be claimed on your myGov from mid-April 2020.
We encourage all members to continue to support each other, mindful of individual needs.
We are a small organisation. Our strength is in our human connection. We will be returning to our practices, so stay in touch with your clients. If you are able, offer them advice and support via technology or phone call.
27 March 2020
Latest advice from Queensland Health Department states that exemptions to continue to work applies only to health services provided by health practitioners registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, with social distancing observed to the extent possible. This means registered with AHPRA.
As shiatsu therapists are considered 'unregistered healthcare workers', this means all shiatsu therapists in Queensland should pause their practices. This takes effect from 27 March.
Other states and territories directives are still grey for shiatsu practitioners. Once we have clear information we will pass this on.
24 March 2020
We are not yet advising a pausing of shiatsu practices. This is due to differing circumstances for members Australia-wide, and because there is no clear mandate from the government.
Practitioners may personally elect to pause their practice, and STAA respects and supports that responsible decision.
If you choose to continue to practise, you must scrupulously apply current risk management strategies.
You must be symptom-free and you are advised to speak with clients prior to them attending a treatment to:
We recommend completing the Dept of Health online training module 'How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19'. This is for care workers across all sectors. CPE points apply.
If you elect to pause your practice, consider providing other resources to clients such as self-care, self-massage tips.
First aid amnesty
An extension will be granted for members unable to complete first aid requirements due to COVID19.
Financial assistance links
If you are concerned, you are advised to contact Centrelink and/or and accountant/financial advisor to discuss your situation. We recommend you act promptly to allow time needed by government to process a large number of applications.
The Gulf Stream will flow through a straw provided the straw is aligned to the Gulf Stream, and not a cross purposes with it.
A quote related by Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird