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LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS FOR CANDIDATES

April 17th, 2020

AUSTRALIAN PHYSIOTHERAPY COUNCIL

AUSTRALIAN PHYSIOTHERAPY COUNCIL

Update of 17 April 2020

We are very pleased to advise that processing of supporting documentation for Equivalence of Qualification – New Program assessment applications has recommenced as we continue to work remotely.  Candidates will now be required to submit their supporting evidence electronically.  Please see the Equivalence of Qualification – New Program Assessment page here for more information.

For any queries, please do not hesitate to email enquiries@physiocouncil.com.au.

Update of 31 March 2020

We continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation in Australia.

Regretfully, based on the information currently available to us, we have decided to reschedule all remaining Clinical Assessments effective today until 1 July 2020.

The Council has been constantly assessing the potential risks of COVID-19 on the health and safety of all involved in the Clinical Assessment, including candidates. This has been a very difficult decision, however, as before, we feel that on those considerations it is necessary to suspend the assessment at this time.

All candidates with a Clinical Assessment scheduled during this period will be rescheduled as soon as it is possible for us to do so. We will reschedule all candidates according to their position on the Clinical Assessment Waiting List.

Current information about the COVID-19 outbreak can always be found at the Australian Government Department of Health website at https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.

Update of 24 March 2020

Expansion of Telehealth Services

A joint media release with Dr Tony Bartone, Australian Medical Association President; President Dr Harry Nespolon, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; and Michael Kidd AM, Principal Medical Advisor, Department of Health.

https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/expansion-of-telehealth-services?fbclid=IwAR0P0owrFicU-SIPl-dIs6RJfJ5t0hHoOiRwpdbmyoZAvu7Npa9Ri7FpFGo

 

Webinar recording! COVID-19 and digital technology: The roles, relevance and risks of using telehealth in a crisis

Click here to register.

Update of 23 March 2020

Information and resources about COVID-19 from WCPT

https://www.wcpt.org/news/Novel-Coronavirus-2019-nCoV?fbclid=IwAR2ihUZsXbjIkxJfav2pzFO1Uv-b25O-8xUH5pcVbRIJVcYnDWtI5OBYda4

Are you interested in working for Queensland Health during our response to COVID-19? Queensland Health would love to hear from you!

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/employment/covid-19-eoi?fbclid=IwAR3TxyoBaSsStfJcNK7Fvv9UICWXJzYTSlx27-SGO4XNaC7seKKGgPzTXQw

 

Update of 19 March 2020

The Australian Physiotherapy Council (the Council) is closely monitoring the evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as it continues to pose a significant public health risk. As this situation is changing rapidly, please be assured that the Council will continue to advise and update all of our key stakeholders as developments come to hand.

  • We advise that in the interests of the health and safety of our candidates and staff in the Clinical Assessment, we have made the difficult decision to suspend Simulation Assessments effective from 17 March 2020 until 30 April 2020 .  We are aware of the difficulties this will cause, but we feel that there are no other reasonable alternatives in the current climate and will resume Clinical Assessments as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.  All candidates with a Clinical Assessment scheduled during this period will be rescheduled as soon as it is possible for us to do so.

 

  • Processing of supporting evidence for all Equivalence of Qualification – New Program assessments received after today will be suspended until 3 April 2020. Applicants are advised to please not send us any hard copy documents during this time.

The Council has also made the decision to temporarily close our office situated in Richmond, Victoria until such time as it is recommended safe for staff to return.  Please rest assured however that in the interim, the Council will remain operational and the entire complement of Council staff will continue working, albeit remotely. With the exception of the impact of COVID-19 on the Clinical Assessment and Equivalence of Qualification – New Program assessments, all other assessments will continue.

The Council remains guided by the advice provided by the Australian Federal Government and the Victorian State Government’s Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

We wish you all well and please take care in these challenging times.

For any further information, please do not hesitate to email enquiries@physiocouncil.com.au.

Update of 17 March 2020 as @ 3:05 pm AEST

The Australian Physiotherapy Council (the Council) is closely monitoring the evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as it continues to pose a significant public health risk. As this situation is changing rapidly, please be assured that the Council will continue to advise and update all of our key stakeholders as developments come to hand.

To this end, we advise that in the interests of the health and safety of our candidates and staff in the Clinical Assessment, we have made the difficult decision to suspend Simulation Assessments effective from today until 30 April 2020 .  We are aware of the difficulties this will cause, but we feel that there are no other reasonable alternatives in the current climate and will resume Clinical Assessments as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.  All candidates with a Clinical Assessment scheduled during this period will be rescheduled as soon as it is possible for us to do so.

The Council has also made the decision today to temporarily close our office situated in Richmond, Victoria until such time as it is recommended safe for staff to return.  Please rest assured however that in the interim, the Council will remain fully operational and the entire complement of Council staff will continue working, albeit remotely.  With the exception of the impact of COVID-19 on the Clinical Assessment and Equivalence of Qualification – New Program assessments, all other assessments will continue.

The Council remains guided by the advice provided by the Australian Federal Government and the Victorian State Government’s Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

We wish you all well and please take care in these challenging times.

For any further information, please do not hesitate to email enquiries@physiocouncil.com.au.

Update of 17 March 2020

As the COVID-19 situation in Australia continues to evolve, the Council is taking further precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our candidates and staff in the Clinical Assessment.

  • Candidates with an upcoming Clinical Assessment who have a fever or flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath, or have travelled to areas where cases of the virus have been confirmed and quarantine has been advised, to contact the Council as soon as possible. Recognising these exceptional circumstances, we will assess each request to consider rescheduling of the assessment at no cost. (Please note that you may be asked to produce medical or other relevant evidence to support your request.)
  • Candidates may be asked to wear a mask and gloves during the assessment. The Council will provide all necessary personal protective equipment to candidates.

As of 16 March 2020, the Australian Government requires all travellers into Australia to self-isolate for 14 days. Candidates who are required to self-isolate cannot undertake the Clinical Assessment during that period, and must either arrive 14 days prior to the assessment or contact the Council as soon as possible to reschedule their assessment. Please note that breaching the isolation term is breaking the law, and there are serious penalties (including a fine of up to AUD$20,000) for doing so.

We currently anticipate Clinical Assessment sessions to continue, however we are closely monitoring the situation and will keep candidates updated should anything change. If there were any government-mandated closures, we will contact affected candidates by email.

Current information about the COVID-19 outbreak can always be found at the Australian Government Department of Health website at https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert.

In the meantime, we hope everyone stays healthy and well and we wish all candidates the very best in preparations for their assessment.

 

Update of 13 March 2020

Following our previous communication, in light of recent developments with the COVID-19 outbreak, we would like to remind candidates of the precautionary measures in the Clinical Assessment.

As before, the Council encourages candidates with an upcoming Clinical Assessment who have a fever or flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath, and have travelled to areas where cases of the virus have been confirmed and quarantine has been advised, to contact the Council. Recognising these exceptional circumstances, we will assess each request to consider rescheduling of the assessment at no cost. (Please note that you may be asked to produce medical or other relevant evidence to support your request.)

We also ask candidates who do not fit the criteria above but are feeling unwell or recovering from illness to wear a mask during the assessment. The Council will provide masks to candidates.

We currently anticipate Clinical Assessment sessions to continue as usual, however we are closely monitoring the situation and will keep candidates updated should anything change. If there were any government-mandated closures, we will contact affected candidates by email.

Current information about the COVID-19 outbreak can always be found at the Australian Government Department of Health website at https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert.

In the meantime, we hope everyone stays healthy and well, and wish all candidates the best in preparations for their assessment.

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