Latest Update on Actions - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Psychology & Counselling
The team at Melbourne Psychology & Counselling (MPC) continues to provide psychological therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. We continue to adjust the way we work in line with the latest Victorian Government public health requirements.
Below are current measures we are taking to comply with current rules:
1. Continuing restrictions on in-person sessions
While psychology is a permitted industry for the provision of health care, we are required to offer telehealth sessions unless there is clinical need to move to in-person sessions. Please consult with your psychologist if you think your situation qualifies for in-person sessions.
2. Continuing telehealth sessions
Telehealth psychology sessions with a Medicare rebate are available until March 2021. The Federal Health Minister has announced that telehealth will become a permanent part of health provision in Australia. We have not received confirmation at this stage on whether this will apply for psychology treatment. Fingers crossed!
3. Wearing of masks or face coverings during in-person psychology sessions
Clients and psychologists must wear a face mask for in-person psychology sessions. There are exceptions for clients in some circumstances. Please consult with your psychologist to discuss this further.
4. Attendance at the Clinic when unwell
As per our previous guidelines, clients are asked to reschedule any in-person appointments if they, or anyone in their household, are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or have any symptoms of illness, including:
shortness of breath
loss of smell/taste
Finally, our team is working hard to continue to provide psychological care for our clients and community during this time. We understand that some of the rules and changes can be challenging. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
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.
Dr Claire Ahern & Dr Christine Raab
Melbourne Psychology & Counselling
13 February 2020