WA and COVID-19

WA: Transition out of lockdown from 6 pm, Friday 5 February

Pending no further local cases, the five-day lockdown for the Perth, Peel and South West regions will end as planned. Learn more about the Transition out of lockdown from 6 pm, Friday 5 February.

Further clarification on health services is being sought, but it appears that Allied Health, including speech pathologists, can return to work, as long as masks and capacity rules are followed.

From 6 pm, Friday 5 February the following will come into effect:

  • Perth and Peel will enter into a post-lockdown transition period until 12.01am, Sunday 14 February. This allows the full 14-day incubation period to run its course.
  • South West will return straight to pre-lockdown conditions.
  • The post-lockdown transition period for Perth and Peel includes:
    • Wearing a mask when in public and while at work, unless exempt or for vigorous outdoor exercise
    • All businesses can reopen, except for the casino and nightclubs
    • 4 square metre capacity rule in place for businesses and venues, up to a maximum of 150
    • 20-person limit for private indoor and outdoor gatherings
    • Visits to aged care and disability care facilities restricted to compassionate grounds
    • Only essential travel permitted in and out of the Perth and Peel regions to other parts of WA.
    • Elective surgery at WA public hospitals will resume once the lockdown has ended, and people will be contacted directly to reschedule and rebook their appointments.

View Transition Restricts for Peel and Perth .

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Information for members providing services in Perth metro and the Peel and South West regions – 1 February 2021

From 6:00 pm on 31 January 2021 until 6:00 pm on 5 February 2021 all persons who live in Perth metro and the Peel and South West regions must remain in their home other than for one or more of the following reasons:

  • to obtain or access essential goods or services;
  • for care or other compassionate reasons;
  • to perform duties as an essential worker or to transport an essential worker in a private vehicle to their place of work;
  • to exercise;
  • in an emergency;
  • to take preparatory steps to move to another suitable premises when the fire risk rating is 'severe' or higher;
  • to comply with a legal requirement (e.g. to attend a police station or court);
  • to leave Western Australia if the person is permitted to do so.

For more details view WA Stay at Home and Closure website and The EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACT 2005 (WA) Sections 61, 67, 71 and 72A STAY AT HOME AND CLOSURE (PERTH, PEEL AND THE SOUTH WEST REGIONS) DIRECTION.

This document provides definition of an “essential service” – allied health, see point (29) on page 8.

It notes: the following about allied health services......

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  1. allied health services provided by allied health professionals working as essential workers in hospitals or in residential care facilities providing critical clinical care or as directed by the hospital; or
  2. allied health services provided by allied health professionals working in private practice providing care through telehealth and other virtual care options; or
  3. students, medical/nursing/midwifery/allied health on placement providing essential care in hospitals or in residential care facilities, or through telehealth;"

and

"allied health professionals providing mental health services in community settings by telehealth or by face-to-face (but only in the instance of emergency clinical care for potentially life-threatening situations where telehealth is not clinically appropriate)."

Members seeking guidance about delivering supports via telepractice can see the Association's Telepractice Resources.