As you are aware, the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Melbourne is constantly evolving and understandably, you may be concerned about what this means. The health of our clients and our team are first and foremost our focus. So, on this page you will find up-to-date information on the impact to your sessions and the practice.
Return to COVIDSafe Settings
On the 24th June 2021, the Victorian government announced the return of COVIDsafe settings for Victoria. We have taken the necessary precautions at our consulting locations to allow face-to-face appointments to continue as normal. Telehealth (online video or phone counselling) is still available as an alternative. If a family member has visited a recent exposure site, you or your child are feeling unwell or feel uncomfortable about attending face-to-face, please contact us to change your current appointment to telehealth. For more information about what to expect from telehealth services, please click here.
Safety Procedures for Face-to-Face consultations
To ensure the safety of our clients and our clinicians during face-to-face consultations, the following safety procedures will be in place:
Psychologists will ensure that the space is cleaned regularly and that all surfaces and equipment (e.g., assessment tools or toys) are disinfected between sessions
Psychologists will engage in healthy hygiene practices by washing hands regularly, replacing hand towels and using sanitiser throughout sessions
Furniture in the consultation rooms is distanced in the as close to 1.5m as possible and efforts will be made to minimise client contact in the waiting room
Our psychologists will remain at home if they are unwell. We also ask clients to remain at home if they feel unwell or have been exposed to illness. For more information about the symptoms of COVID-19, please click here.
From 27 May 2021 all individuals over 12 years of age must wear a face mask when indoors. Our psychologists, attending parents and children over 12 years are legally required to wear a mask when on the Mind & Seek premises, including during face-to-face consultations, unless it is deemed clinically inappropriate to do so (see DHHS advice). Families can make their own decisions about masks for children under 12 years. For further information from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) about the guidelines for mask wearing, please click here.
If face mask wearing is deemed to significantly impede clinical care, psychologists can make individual decisions with families about the appropriateness of wearing protective equipment in the consulting room. Even though wearing a face mask is becoming the new normal for our community, if your child has not previously attended a face-to-face consultation where the professional is wearing a mask before, it may be helpful to prepare your child by referring to the resources found here. If you have concerns about mask wearing, please contact us for further information.
Funding for Telehealth
Medicare funding for video or phone sessions is currently available until the end of March 2022 to children, adolescents and parents with a valid referral from their General Practitioner or Paediatrician. Private Health and NDIS funded clients are eligible to receive funded sessions over the phone or online, if deemed appropriate by your psychologist. As the situation and information available to us is ever-evolving, please contact us for the latest information about telehealth rebates. For information about funding for face-to-face sessions, please click here.
We will continue to keep you updated if there are any changes or concerns, however, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above measures, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0452 526 463 or email us on email@example.com
We have included a link to the Australian Government website for up-to-date information and are reviewing the recommendations daily to ensure that we are following the latest guidelines.
At Mind & Seek we recognise that everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and that the emotional impact of a crisis on a person can depend on a multitude of factors. One may feel inundated with information. We recommend avoiding reading or listening to news if it causes you to feel anxious or distressed and to rather take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. It is also important to gather information from reliable sources such as the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to help you distinguish facts from rumours. Most importantly, it is crucial to engage in positive self-care and supporting those around you in times of need.