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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Clinic Update

5/8/2021 Latest Update on Actions - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Psychology & Counselling

The team at Melbourne Psychology & Counselling (MPC) is committed to continuing to provide psychological treatment to our clients and local community during this very difficult time.

1. An additional 10 Psychology Sessions for 2021


Firstly, some positive news! The Australian Government has continued to fund an additional 10 sessions available to eligible people under the existing MBS Better Access initiative. All clients who reside in Victoria are eligible, and the additional sessions mean that there are 20 sessions available in 2021. We know that this comes as welcome news to many of our clients! Please speak with your psychologist to discuss more.

2. Lockdown Restrictions on in-person sessions


When Lockdown orders are made in-person sessions are not permitted. While psychology is a permitted industry for the provision of health care, the DHHS has outlined that in-person sessions must only be provided if the absence of, or delay of this care, would result in a worsening of symptoms that required an escalation of care (e.g., specialist, hospital admission).

 

Please consult with your psychologist if you think your situation qualifies for urgent in-person sessions.
There are no restrictions for telehealth psychology sessions.

3. Wearing of masks or face coverings during in-person psychology sessions

Between Lockdowns current guidelines require psychologists and clients to wear masks during all in-person sessions.

As per our previous guidelines, clients are to reschedule any in-person appointments if they, or anyone in their houshold, have any symptoms of illness, including:

  • fever/ chills

  • cough

  • sore throat

  • shortness of breath

  • runny nose

  • loss of smell/taste

  • headache

  • muscle pain

  • stuffy nose

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • diarhorrea

We recognise these restrictions are difficult restricptions, in the midst of difficult times. While your psychologist may not be physically in the clinic sharing a space with you, we are working hard to connect from our homes to yours. Given the increased stress that we, and the wider Melbourne community is feeling, we recommend you take a moment to familiarise yourselves with some of the amazing free online resources available to us all.

Dr Claire Ahern & Dr Christine Raab
Directors
Melbourne Psychology & Counselling


5 August 2021