August 5, 2020
Australia-wide is currently experiencing a wide range of disruption due to the global impact. From Queensland to Victoria, the impact COVID-19 is wildly varied, with Victoria obviously the most impacted state, sadly recording a record 725 COVID-19 positive cases announced today. Let’s have a quick Coronavirus update on what that means for the aesthetic industry.
Victoria – The Current COVID-19 Outbreak Epicentre
With Melbourne in a hard, Stage 4 lockdown, all non-elective surgery has been suspended for several days, but that suspension has now been extended to the entire state. The Victorian state government is implementing what all states did during the first wave of this virus.
With the hard lockdown in Victoria, it would be safe to say, all cosmetic surgical and non-surgical appointments would be unavailable but contact your providers in Victoria for more detailed information.
Other Australian States Restrictions and Surgery Wait Times
Where does that leave all the other Australian states? It would be fair to conclude that in all Australian states, many elective surgeries are experiencing a longer wait period. This wait period can be anywhere between a couple of months to several months, however this will vary from state to state and hospital to hospital. This is due to all states suspending non-urgent elective surgeries in March, creating a backlog of surgical theatre time availability.
Changes to Non-Surgical Appointments
Many, if not all allied health businesses are open and operating in all other states other than Victoria, though with some changes (see below). Some beauty practices are restricting some of their services, while others are not. Call your preferred clinic in advance to know what changes may be in place for their particular business.
It is important to realise that this virus can cause huge changes in every industry, not just medical and allied health, in very little time. While Victoria stands out as the epicentre of COVID-19 outbreaks now, but as we know, outbreaks can happen anywhere, at any time.
Do your bit – and follow all medical advice. Wear a mask, practice social distancing and personal hygiene.
What to expect when you visit consulting / practice rooms during Covid19
- You may be asked to attend your appointment alone. Previously, it was common – especially for a surgical consultation to bring a support person with you.
- From a clinical point of view, you would be asked to attend your appointment alone.
- You may have your temperature taken.
- You should have all your contact details recorded.
- You should find the waiting room changed, with less people gathered.
- You will be asked to use a hand sanitiser.
- You may be asked to wear a mask.
- You will be asked before attending a clinical appointment, whether:
- You have been overseas or in any Australian hotspot in the last 14 days
- If you have had contact with someone who is unwell, has confirmed coronavirus or is confined due to possible coronavirus.
- If you are unwell in any way, including with a sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell or cough.
We’ll continue to bring you Coronavirus Update as new information comes to hand.