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20 October 2021

STAA Covid Reopening Update - Victorian Members

The following is STAA's understanding of the Victorian Government's announcementregarding the decision to ease restrictions from 11:59pm on Thursday 21 October in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

These rules will affect shiatsu practitioners in different ways depending on where treatments are provided

The following information is based on the government's guidance for health care and social assistance businesses in Victoria (found here) and a conversation had with Business Victoria on Wednesday 20th October which confirms shiatsu (and massage therapy generally) as being classified under the Hairdressing and Personal Care guidelines. Business Victoria also confirmed that guidelines specific to massage therapies are yet to be updated and were unable to provide a deadline for this to be resolved.  

STAA understands that it has been a very challenging situation for practitioners who may have been closed for business for an extended period of time. It is not STAA's position to advise you whether or not to practice. As a shiatsu practitioner, it remains your personal choice when and whether you open or not in the current circumstances. We recommend you use all the information currently available to help make an informed decision about your ability to practice safely. 

1.  FOR SHIATSU PRACTITIONERS WHO OPERATE IN A HEALTHCARE FACILITY

The following Victorian Government mandates will apply to practitioners working in a healthcare facility, including within aged care facilities and allied health professional operated clinics. 

From 15 October 2021, in order to work in a healthcare facility, you must be able to provide evidence to your employer that you:

  • are fully vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • haven't received any doses but have a booking to receive your first dose by 29 October 2021, or
  • have a medical exemption evidenced by an authorised medical practitioner

Both the practitioner and client need to be fully vaccinated by 15 December 2021.

All infection control and pre-screening procedures need to be adhered to in accordance with Victorian Government Covid-safe business guidelines, and in line with STAA policies and procedures. The use of QR codes, mask wearing for practitioner and client, and adequate ventilation are all important safety measures to use in your practice.

2.  FOR SHIATSU PRACTITIONERS WHO DO NOT OPERATE IN A HEALTHCARE FACILITY

If you operate in a dedicated clinic, home or mobile practice, then the Roadmap for Hairdressing and Personal Care applies which states that you can can open for up to 5 fully vaccinated people. Both the practitioner and client need to be fully vaccinated.

All Covid-safe rules and protocols must continue to be applied from Friday, 22nd October 2021. All infection control and pre-screening procedures currently in place should be reviewed and continued, such as the use of QR codes, mask wearing for practitioner and client, and adequate ventilation.

 A practice may choose to modify pre-screening procedures by seeking information regarding vaccination status and/or COVID test status prior to treatment.

Individual businesses may introduce rules which they deem are lawful and reasonable and that continue to ensure the health and safety of clients and practitioners.

FURTHER PRACTITIONER INFORMATION

Guidance about collecting staff or client vaccination status: 

https://www.oaic.gov.au/updates/covid-19-advice-and-guidance/

STAA will continue to monitor further announcements in Victoria, engage with Business Victoria, and will issue additional advice to members when available and as required.

Keep safe and well.



10 October 2021

STAA Covid Reopening Update - NSW Members

The following is STAA’s understanding of the new Covid lockdown and reopening rules set out by the NSW Government from Monday, 11 October 2021. These rules are subject to change and will be reviewed after 1 December 2021.

These rules will affect shiatsu practitioners in different ways depending on where treatments are provided. We note that as of 29 June 2021, the NSW government listed therapeutic massage under health services which are to remain open as an essential service to help the public maintain physical and mental health. The Australian Bureau of Statistics includes Shiatsu Therapists within the Unit Group 4116 Massage Therapists classification. Please see the link at the end of this document for further details. 

1. SHIATSU PRACTITIONERS WHO OPERATE WITHIN A PRIVATE CLINIC SPACE

If you run your practice as an essential health service within in a dedicated clinic space, then mandates for clients to be fully vaccinated to access your practice do not apply. Nor do you need to check the vaccination status of clients for them to be able to use the service you provide. 

All Covid-safe rules and protocols must continue to be applied from Monday, 11 October 2021. All infection control and pre-screening procedures currently in place should be reviewed and continued, such as the use of QR codes, mask wearing for practitioner and client, and adequate ventilation.
 
A practice may choose to modify pre-screening procedures by seeking information regarding vaccination status and/or COVID test status prior to treatment.

Individual businesses may introduce rules which they deem are lawful and reasonable and that continue to ensure the health and safety of clients and practitioners.


2. SHIATSU PRACTITIONERS WHO DO NOT OPERATE WITHIN A PRIVATE CLINIC SPACE

The following NSW Government mandates will apply to practitioners reopening a home or mobile clinic as well as a shared clinic space within a public health setting, including within aged care facilities. 

If your practice has been closed during lockdown and is reopening on Monday, 11 October 2021, then the NSW Government mandates and conditions to reopen will apply to your practice. This means that both the practitioner and client need to be fully vaccinated i.e., with a double-dose vaccination status. 

All infection control and pre-screening procedures need to be adhered to in accordance with NSW Government Covid-safe business guidelines, and in line with STAA policies and procedures. The use of QR codes, mask wearing for practitioner and client, and adequate ventilation are all important safety measures to use in your practice.

FURTHER PRACTITIONER INFORMATION
The following links are provided for your information.

Australian Bureau of Statistics classification of Shiatsu Therapists:

https://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/AF35D4E0E4653EE4CA2575DF002DA68D?opendocument

Full details of the new rules to reopening services on Monday, 11 October 2021, can be found here:

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/easing-covid-19-restrictions/70-percent

Guidance about collecting staff or client vaccination status: 

https://www.oaic.gov.au/updates/covid-19-advice-and-guidance/

Proof of vaccination posters:

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/business/covid-safe-business/toolkit#toc-proof-of-vaccination

Keep safe and well.



17 August 2021

As shiatsu therapists as classified by the Victorian Government as personal care services, confirming that the following restrictions are now in place:

Melbourne Metropolitan

Melbourne Metropolitan shiatsu therapists are advised to pause their practices during the current extended lockdown, currently due to end 11.59pm Thursday 2 September.

Regional Victoria

Regional shiatsu therapists can work, masks are required to be worn by therapists and clients. Masks can be removed by the client if the treatment they are receiving requires its removal. 

A density quotient of 1 person/client per 4 square metres applies.

Practices in regional Victoria are required to conduct a residence check to ensure clients do not reside in Metropolitan Melbourne, and have QR check-in.

If you have any questions about your individual business, call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.

Note that STAA can only provide advice. It is not mandated to authorise closures or continuations of practice.

Check here for the Victorian COVID-19 updates and information.

Keep safe and well.



6 August 2021

The New South Wales State Government has announced that restrictions in the local government areas (LGAs) of Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will remain in place for a further four weeks, until at least 12.01am Saturday 28 August.

More information can be found here.

Shiatsu therapists in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour should be adhering to the following conditions during the stay-at-home restrictions currently in effect:

  • Ensure standard practise protocols are being adhered to with particular reference to guidelines concerning contraindications for treatment

We recommend all non-essential treatments be postponed and that treatments from home clinics should cease in line with New South Wales Government stay-at-home restrictions.

A COVID safe toolkit can be found at:

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/toolkit

For assistance in completing a COVID Safety Plan, you can contact Service NSW Business Concierge Team or call 13 77 88 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm.

Note that STAA can only provide advice. It is not mandated to authorise closures or continuations of practice.

Check here for the NSW COVID-19 support and updates.

Keep safe and well.



2 August 2021

Confirming that the current lockdown in South East Queensland will remain in place until  4pm AEST Sunday 8 August 2021.

This includes:

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

STAA recommends that shiatsu therapists in the above lockdown areas cease operation during the lockdown period.

Note that STAA can only provide advice. It is not mandated to authorise closures or continuations of practice.



1 July 2021

Confirming the following changes to COVID restrictions will come into effect from 11.59pm Tuesday 27th July 2021 for Victoria:

Melbourne Metropolitan

Melbourne Metropolitan shiatsu therapists can work without wearing masks. A density quotient of 1 person/client per 4 square metres applies.

Regional Victoria

Regional shiatsu therapists can work without wearing masks. A density quotient of 1 person/client per 4 square metres applies.



1 July 2021

Confirming that STAA's understanding is that shiatsu therapists in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour should be adhering to the following conditions during the stay-at-home restrictions currently in effect:

A COVID safe toolkit can be found at:

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/toolkit

For assistance in completing a COVID Safety Plan, you can contact Service NSW Business Concierge Team or call 13 77 88 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm.

Note that STAA can only provide advice. It is not mandated to authorise closures or continuations of practice.

Check here for the NSW COVID-19 support and updates.

Keep safe and well.



10 June 2021

Confirming the following changes to COVID restrictions will come into effect from 11.59pm Thursday 10 June:

Melbourne Metropolitan

Melbourne Metropolitan shiatsu therapists are permitted to resume treating clients with the following requirements:

  • Face masks must be worn by therapists and clients at all times.
  • Density quotient of 1 person/client per 4 square metres applies

Regional Victoria

Regional shiatsu therapists can work without wearing masks. A density quotient of 1 person/client per 4 square metres applies.

If you have any questions about your individual business, call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.

Note that STAA can only provide advice. It is not mandated to authorise closures or continuations of practice.

Check here for the Victorian COVID-19 updates and information.

Keep safe and well.



4 June 2021

Confirming that Regional Victoria shiatsu therapists are permitted to resume treating clients from 11.59pm Thursday 3 June.

  • Face masks must be worn by therapists and clients at all times.
  • Clients IDs must be checked to confirm they are not from metropolitan Melbourne.

Circuit-breaker restrictions remain in metropolitan Melbourne and therefore we recommend that Melbourne shiatsu therapists continue to pause their practices. 

If you have any questions about your individual business’s ability to open under the lockdown, call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.

Note that STAA can only provide advice. It is not mandated to authorise closures or continuations of practice.

Check here for the Victorian COVID-19 updates and information.

Keep safe and well. 



28 May 2021

Victorian shiatsu practitioners

Confirming that during the 7-day circuit-breaker lockdown now in effect, we recommend that Victorian shiatsu therapists pause their practices. The lockdown is currently set to end on Thursday 3 June, 11.59pm.

The Victorian Government classes shiatsu under the category of 'personal care services' and therefore it is not considered an essential service that can be continued during the current lockdown.

If you have any questions about your individual business’s ability to open under the lockdown, call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.

Note that STAA can only provide advice. It is not mandated to authorise closures or continuations of practice.

Check here for the Victorian COVID-19 updates and information.

Keep safe and well. We hope that this 7-day action will work and you can get back to your practice and clients very soon.



14 May 2021

Victorian shiatsu practitioners

From Friday 28 May 2021 it will be mandatory for customer-facing industries that require checking-in to use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service.

As shiatsu is classified by the Victorian Government as a personal care service, this does include shiatsu practices.

The Victorian QR Code Service is free for all Victorian businesses. This service helps contact tracers to contain a COVID-19 outbreak. Click on the link above to register your business, receive your QR code, and instructions for use.

If you have any questions about your individual business, call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15 or using their Contact Us form.



17 February 2021

Victorian shiatsu practitioners

Confirming that with the lifting of the 5-day Stage 4 Lockdown on Wednesday 17 February at 11.59pm, Victorian shiatsu therapists can resume their practices.

Rules regarding masks will remain in effect. Both therapists and clients will be required to wear masks during treatment. Maintain the proper hygiene and infection control and the relevant physical distancing requirements. Keep your practice COVID safe

Check here for the latest Victorian COVID-19 updates and information. 

If you have any questions about your individual business’s ability to open under Stage 4 restrictions, call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15 or using their Contact Us form.

Note that STAA can only provide advice. It is not mandated to authorise closures or continuations of practice.

Well done Victoria. Keep safe and well. 



15 February 2021

Victorian shiatsu practitioners

Confirming that during the 5-day Stage 4 Lockdown now in effect until Wednesday 17 February 11.59pm, we recommend that Victorian shiatsu therapists pause their practices.

STAA was previously informed that the Victorian Government classes shiatsu under the category of 'personal care services' and therefore it is not considered an essential service that can be continued during Stage 4 restrictions.

If you have any questions about your individual business’s ability to open under Stage 4 restrictions, call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15 or using their Contact Us form.

Note that STAA can only provide advice. It is not mandated to authorise closures or continuations of practice.

Check here for the Victorian COVID-19 updates and information.



27 October 2020

Metropolitan Melbourne 

With the progression of Metropolitan Melbourne to Third Step restrictions, shiatsu practitioners can resume their practices from tomorrow.

Face masks must be worn by the practitioner and client for the entire session. Home-based businesses may open, as long as they meet the required COVIDSafe rules.

The Third Step is effective from Tuesday 11.59pm 27 October for Metropolitan Melbourne.

Ensure your practice is COVID safe.

Business Victoria has guidance and a template at:

Create a COVID safe workplace



2 October 2020

Metropolitan Melbourne 

We received confirmation today from the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions that “shiatsu therapy falls within the category ‘personal care services’.” This means that Melbourne metropolitan shiatsu practitioners can return to practice when the Third Step comes into effect.

Services can be offered where a face mask can be worn for the duration of the service. The 4 square metre rule, cleaning, signage and record keeping requirements apply .

See below Regional Victoria 16 September – for Third Step reopening advice.

At this point, the likely date is on or around 19 October.

While we don’t like the classification we have been dumped into, it is the first answer we have got in writing, and is in line with the recommencement time for remedial and therapeutic massage.

STAA will be pursuing an official classification with the federal government so this frustrating situation never reoccurs. In particular, the placing of shiatsu therapy within the same ANZSIC code as therapeutic massage service is logical and would make the decisions clear and easy for therapists and government spokespersons.



25 September 2020

Contacting Business Victoria 

Further advice from Business Victoria is that when you contact them have available your ANZSIC code number.

This is the code number registered with your ABN. You can find out this number from your accountant or by contacting the Australian Business Register on 139 226 (open 8-6pm Monday-Friday).

Having the number will help Business Victoria to give you the safest and most specific advice for your classification and individual practice circumstances.

If you have any questions about your individual business’s ability to open and relevant restrictions, call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15 or using their Contact Us form.



16 September 2020

Regional Victoria 

With the progression of Regional Victoria to the Third Step of the reopening roadmap - which includes personal services that can be performed while wearing a mask - STAA believes that shiatsu practitioners in Regional Victoria may resume their practice.

The Third Step is effective from 11.59pm 16 September for Regional Victoria.

Ensure your practice is COVID safe.

Business Victoria has guidance and a template at:

Create a COVID safe workplace

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:

  • Have a list of questions to check off with clients about any symptoms or possible exposure 
  • Ask client to sign consent/waiver, see sample
  • Display a flyer re handwashing in the washroom - Version 1Version 2
  • Use paper hand towels
  • Bin paper towels in a closed container
  • Provide hand sanitiser for clients to use upon entry
  • Display a version the corona safe message to clients - see sample 1 and sample 2.
  • Treat through cloth on all body surfaces
  • Change linen for every client
  • Ventilate work space frequently
  • Wipe down all surfaces frequently e.g. door handles, light switches, taps and flat surfaces

Check here for the Victorian COVID-19 updates and information.

Enjoy getting back to your practice and keep safe.



5 August 2020

Regional Victoria 

With the implementation of Stage 3 restrictions in regional Victoria, STAA recommends that shiatsu practitioners in these areas pause their practices.

Stage 3 restrictions are effective 11.59pm 5 August for regional Victoria, including Mitchell shire.

We have had no confirmation from the Victorian Government that shiatsu is classified as a 'health and medical service profession', we believe this is the best current advice for the safety and wellbeing of yourself and your community.

STAA is continuing to seek clarification from the Victorian Department of Health, but in this current declared State of Disaster it seems unlikely and unrealistic to expect a definitive response. 

If you have any questions about your individual business’s ability to open under Stage 3 restrictions, call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15 or using their Contact Us form.

STAA can only provide advice. It is not mandated to authorise closures or continuations of practice.

Check here for the Victorian COVID-19 updates and information.

You may be eligible for the Jobkeeper payment. Details about eligibility are provided on the ATO's website. 



8 July 2020

Melbourne Metro & Mitchell shire 

With the implementation of Stage 3 restrictions in Melbourne & the Shire of Mitchell, STAA recommends that shiatsu practitioners in these areas pause their practices.

As personal care services must close from 8 July 11.59pm, and we have had no confirmation from the Victorian Government that shiatsu is classified as a 'health and medical service profession', we believe this is the best current advice for the safety and wellbeing of yourself and your community.

STAA is continuing to seek clarification from the Victorian Department of Health.

Check here for the Victorian COVID-19 updates and information.

You may be eligible for the Jobkeeper payment. Details about eligibility are provided on the ATO's website. 

If you have any questions about your individual business’s ability to open under Stage 3 restrictions, call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15 or using their Contact Us form.


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:

"Businesses providing personal care services, such as massage services can now open. 

Up to 20 customers are allowed on one premises at any one time, subject to the four square metre rule. Physical distancing should be maintained between customers. The business is also required to keep records of the first name and contact phone number of each visitor who has attended the premises (staff, patrons, maintenance and delivery workers).

Visit the Business and industry page for more information."


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:

  • Have a list of questions to check off with clients about any symptoms or possible exposure 
  • Display a flyer re handwashing in the washroom - Version 1Version 2
  • Use paper hand towels
  • Bin paper towels in a closed container
  • Provide hand sanitiser for clients to use upon entry
  • Display a version the corona safe message to clients - see sample.
  • Treat through cloth on all body surfaces
  • Change linen for every client
  • Ventilate work space frequently
  • Wipe down all surfaces frequently e.g. door handles, light switches, taps and flat surfaces

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:

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19


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: 

    Daily update of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria

      Free 30 minute infection control training 

      Hand washing techniques

      Safe Work Australia

      Information about risk management in your workplace: workplace checklist, cleaning checklist, how to clean and disinfect your workplace – COVID-19, workplace signage

      NHMRC – Australian Guidelines for the prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare

      Risk profile factors include:

      Clients – disease history and risk, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, chronic conditions with high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, age groups and carriers without symptoms (20-30 yrs)

      Local area – state/territory authority about shiatsu practice environment, in an area with confirmed locally transmitted cases

      You – understanding of COVID-19, symptoms, contact with anyone diagnosed COVID-19 positive, returned from overseas in past 2 weeks; over 70 years of age or over 65 with chronic medical condition/s, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over 50 years of age, living with someone at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

      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:

      'All non-registered health practitioners must comply with the code of conduct for non-registered health practitioners. The code requires, among other things, that “a health practitioner must adopt standard precautions for the control of infection in his or her practice.”

      Health services that continue to operate should implement processes to minimise risk of transmission, including screening clients for symptoms or contact with a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, identifying and excluding unwell staff members, social distancing measures where feasible e.g. waiting rooms, and infection control procedures including access to soap and water or hand sanitising and enhancing environmental cleaning. 

      The Health Care Complaints Commission can issue a prohibition order against a practitioner who fails to comply with the code and who poses a risk to the public. A prohibition order can prevent the practitioner from practising or place conditions on their practice.​​​​​'



      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

        JobKeeper payment

        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 treasurer@staa.org.au 



        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

        Queensland

        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/territories

        Other states and territories directives are still grey for shiatsu practitioners. Once we have clear information we will pass this on.


        24 March 2020

        Shiatsu practice

        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:

        1. Discuss your risk minimising strategies
        2. Confirm client suitability for treatment
        3. Confirm client-informed consent for treatment
        4. Request client-informed consent signature on the intake form

        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

        Australian Government information on support available to sole traders 

        Government economic response

        ATO advice on tax

        ATO general support for individuals and small business

        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.


        Resources

        The following templates are provided as samples to adapt and change as applies to your practice's circumstances and state/territory requirements:

        Infection control template

        Shiatsu consent form & COVID19 risk liability waiver agreement template


        Training

        Australian Government's online training is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

        COVID Infection Control


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