With the continuing devastating news around the world of the impact of COVID-19, here at the Council, we wanted to reach out to you, our valued customers and stakeholders, and let you know that we deeply care about each of your situations, and share some of what we’re doing behind the scenes.
Over the weekend here in Melbourne, Victoria, our State Government has announced that we need to enter Stage 4 restrictions to curb the community transmission of COVID-19. This means that for now, the Council offices and Simulation Lab will remain closed for at least the next couple of months, and our staff team are continuing to work remotely.
The Council remains dedicated and strongly committed to working as hard as we can for your benefit, despite how COVID-19 has dramatically impacted all our lives, and the ability for the Council to operate normally from our Melbourne offices. We will continue to work as best we can, in these challenging circumstances.
Our Management and staff have not stopped investigating options so our candidates can complete their Clinical Assessment. We know that many candidates are asking questions about possible alternatives, exemptions and exceptions. However, I can reassure you that we have not left any stone unturned; many options are simply not viable alternatives to the approved Clinical Assessment process, and we continue to work on the ones that are still feasible in the current context and will keep candidates regularly informed with any developments.
We appreciate that your lives and ours, have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions. Each one of us has a different story of the unexpected ways that 2020 is unfolding for us, and how we have had to live, adapt and accept things outside of our control.
The Council will continue to provide you with regular updates to help you stay connected with the changes and proposed plans for resuming our business activities.
We kindly ask that you are understanding and patient with the Council and our staff members, who are continuing to serve you, and seek suitable ways to help you progress through your assessment and accreditation pathways.
If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.
From Anton Barnett-Harris, CEO, Australian Physiotherapy Council
on behalf of the Council Village, Staff and Board