We are happy and relieved to share today that our Simulation-based Clinical Assessments have now resumed at the Council’s Sim Lab here in Melbourne, Australia.
It’s been a long time since we had to halt Clinical Assessments in March this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we know that it’s been very challenging for so many of our candidates who are eager to complete their assessments and become a fully registered physiotherapist in the Australian healthcare system.
The Council’s staff team have been working tirelessly to prepare COVIDsafe practices that comply with Government requirements, and provides a safe environment for our candidates, staff, assessors, and actors.
What does this announcement mean for candidates?
If you are a candidate on our Clinical Assessment Waiting List, our team members will be in touch with you to allocate your next Assessment date.
Priority is being given to candidates who were previously scheduled, but had their assessments rescheduled due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
As Melbourne and the state of Victoria continue to achieve encouraging COVID-19 numbers of cases and deaths, the Council are taking a cautious approach to resuming our face to face assessments.
Interstate borders are gradually opening, and quarantine restrictions are easing for people who have been in Victoria. This reduces the extra Government imposed burdens and costs on our candidates who attend their Melbourne based Clinical Assessment.
How can I prepare for my upcoming Clinical Assessment?
The Council has now produced a pre-recorded Simulation Orientation video which can be found on our website: https://physiocouncil.com.au/simulation/
On that same web page, you’ll find important resources such as the Clinical Assessment Information Booklet, Simulation Lab Equipment List and more.
What if I’m still overseas and on the Clinical Waiting List?
At this time, Australia currently has incoming international travel restrictions. If you are overseas, this may impact on your ability to enter Australia to complete your assessments.
The Council will take this into account when scheduling assessments.
We advise that you should also take into consideration any travel restrictions where you live, and if you are overseas and still want to complete your assessments, it is your responsibility to make your own arrangements, including applying for exemptions from the restrictions (if required) and ensuring you meet any quarantine requirements.
If you have any questions, please send our team an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care and stay healthy and safe!
From Darren Lee, GM Assessment on behalf of the Council Village