COVID-19 Coronavirus Update
It is very encouraging to see how the Australian population has embraced the many restrictions being placed on our everyday lives – all with the common goal of ‘flattening the curve’ and reducing the risk of spread of the virus.
Following on from the statistics we shared for the month of March – the first few weeks of April have shown very positive signs, with new confirmed cases continuing to drop, along with the death rate, but most heartening is that the recovery rate now exceeds the number of cases reported.
Our feedback suggests that whilst many of you are continuing to see some patients, the majority have successfully moved to online consultations and using tele-medicine. It is certainly commendable how quickly everyone has adapted and made the necessary changes to their business models to accommodate the current environment.
Source from https://www.covid19data.com.au/
Whilst it is great to see some of these positive statistics on how COVID-19 is being controlled in Australia, now is not the time to rest on our laurels and get complacent as the first wave of the virus seems to be under control. We need to be planning ahead and cognisant that there is expected to be a second wave of the virus as we progress into the winter months.
We know that Complementary Medicines are crucial in helping community health and wellbeing and essential in supporting and assisting with chronic disease states which may prevent the need for people to go to hospital, so as a CMA Board Member I can assure you that your industry body is charging ahead and continuing to push the agenda to ensure we are maintained as an essential service if further strengthening of lockdown procedures are required.
The CMA and OneCAM are and will continue to lobby for this, however you too can play a very important role especially as Nutritionists, Herbalists and Naturopaths are not APRA registered groups, so the decision as to who remains open for Practitioners is up to the individual states. We therefore urge you to contact your local State Health Minister and local State Member of Parliament so that collectively we can push to maintain our status as essential businesses should further restrictions of a lockdown come into place.
Here is a list of key contacts for your reference:-