THE INJURY CLINIC: COVID-19 UPDATE

THURSDAY MAY 27TH, 2021

Please see below for information regarding the provision of physiotherapy services.

The following is based on information that has been provided to The Injury Clinic directly by the DHHS. It relates to the provision of physiotherapy services and the considerations that need to be made when allowing face to face consults. 

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the criteria below, you are able to keep your face to face consult, if you choose.

CRITERIA FOR FACE TO FACE CONSULTS

1.  Is your treatment provided to prevent a significant change/deterioration in functional independence which would result in an escalation of care needs? i.e.,

– If you didn’t receive treatment, would an increase in frequency of treatment be needed?

– If you didn’t receive treatment, would you have an increased need for prescription medication due to a significant increase in pain?

– If you didn’t receive treatment, would you require specialist input or review?

– If you didn’t receive treatment, would you have an increase in care needs?

– If you didn’t receive treatment, would there be a substantial increase to anticipated recovery time associated with a delay in receiving services?

2. Is your appointment to provide assessment and diagnostic services when your care has already been delayed as a result of previous restrictions?

– Would any further delay likely to result in deterioration in functional independence or adverse health outcomes (including access to diagnostic imaging services or assessment for prescription of assistive equipment and technology)?

3. Is your appointment to provide services that are essential as part of a broader plan of care with a medical practitioner?

4. Is your appointment to provide services that are part of a conservative management plan to avoid or delay elective surgery (as agreed with treating team)?

5. Is your appointment to provide services immediately following elective surgery that prevent secondary complications or aid functional recovery (as agreed with treating team)?

 

We ask that having read and answered the criteria above, you follow the following steps:

1. If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of the criteria and wish to keep your appointment, please respond ‘YES’ to your text message

2. If you do not believe you meet the criteria and therefore wish to reschedule your appointment, please respond ‘NO’ to your text message and we will be in touch to reschedule. Please be aware, there may be significant delays in rebooking.

3. If you are totally confused and unsure, please respond ‘HELP’ to your text message and we will be in touch to discuss further!

 

 

Copy of information provided by DHHS:

Definition of Authorised Workers

Authorised workers pertains to work considered essential and includes:

– the continued operation of Allied Health students on placements, when undertaking critical training and examinations

– Allied Health working in private or public community services, whether clinic or home-based, providing essential clinical care where telehealth services are not clinically appropriate. e.g  orthotists and prosthetists providing services such as fitting a brace post-surgery

– immunisation and vaccination providers including pharmacy immunisers and Aboriginal Healthcare Workers.

 

For this purpose, essential clinical care is defined as:

– to prevent a significant change/deterioration in functional independence which would result in an escalation of care needs (e.g. an increase in frequency of treatment needed, an increased need for prescription medication due to a significant increase in pain, requirement for specialist input or review, an increase in care needs, and/or a substantial increase to anticipated recovery time associated with a delay in receiving services)

– to provide assessment and diagnostic services to clients / patients whose care have been delayed as a result of previous restrictions, with any further delay likely to result in deterioration in functional independence or adverse health outcomes (including access to diagnostic imaging services or assessment for prescription of assistive equipment and technology)

– to provide services that are essential as part of a broader plan of care with a medical practitioner (e.g. fitting a brace post-surgery)

– to provide services that are part of a conservative management plan to avoid or delay elective surgery (as agreed with treating team)

– to provide services immediately following elective surgery that prevent secondary complications or aid functional recovery (as agreed with treating team).

 

We would ask that you reinforce this definition with your members, routine care is not permitted.

 

Definition of Authorised Health Services

– Pharmacy and urgent services are permitted to open under circuit breaker restrictions.

– Allied Health services provided by allied health professionals working as authorised workers in hospitals or in residential care facilities providing critical clinical care or as directed by the hospital; or  

– Allied Health workers professionals working in private or public community services, whether clinic-based or home-based, providing essential clinical care where telehealth services are not clinically appropriate; or  

– Allied Health services provided by allied health professionals working in private practice providing care through telehealth and other virtual care options

– Allied Health professionals providing mental health services in hospital; or  

– Allied Health professionals providing mental health services in community settings by telehealth, or by face-to-face (but only for urgent care where telehealth is not clinically appropriate) 

– Students, medical/nursing/midwifery/allied health on placement providing authorised care in hospitals or in residential care facilities, or through telehealth.