The South Australian Government has recently released guidance on the COVID-19 vaccination program, and private practices should be preparing to meet the new requirements. The code reinforces the right to health care in the Aged Care sector, and provides important information for all stakeholders. The guidelines also outline the requirements for COVID-19 testing. If you’re interested in finding out more about the new regulations, you can view our website.
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The Allied and Scientific Health Office, part of SA Health, recruits and trains individuals in allied health services. These professionals provide assistance with swab testing, COVID testing, and other allied health services. However, these individuals can also work in private practices, and are often needed on short notice. If you are interested in providing help in a specialised field, you may consider becoming an Allied Health Practitioner (AHP).
The AHPSA has published COVID-specific guidelines for the use of protective equipment (PPE). The regulations require that healthcare workers wear face-to-face masks while at work. ATAGI has updated its COVID-safe plan guidelines for allied health practitioners. While COVID-safe plans are not mandatory, they can protect allied health workers from COVID-19 exposure. The Chief Public Health Officer has also advised allied health professionals to wear face-to-face face-protective equipment, such as gloves and masks.