One of the most contentious issues amidst the COVID-19 pandemic for Allied Health Professionals has been the lack of protective personal equipment (PPE) and what PPE is most appropriate for the role they perform.
Australia has deferred, temporarily at least, what looked to have been our worst health crisis in a century. This calm before any possible storm has allowed discussion of the “endgame” to start.
VAHPA understand that many of our members are in workplaces which are not eligible for JobKeeper for a range of reasons. We are however providing this information because it's important that all Allied Health Professionals have this information; if you don't need it, you may know someone else working in Allied Health who does.
Allied Health Professionals are strongly advised to contact the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) prior to agreeing to any changes to their employment conditions in response to COVID-19. Please read the following information carefully.
In late March 2020, The Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Matthews, made an argument: "old people should be happy to die for America’s economy." This is an extreme version of a broader spectrum of opinion, which sees the “economy” as more important than people’s lives.
The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) is working with the Department of Health and Human Services to build a pool of displaced Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). If you are in the unfortunate situation of facing stand-downs or of losing your job, we invite you to register your interest through our survey.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has questioned many of our society’s assumptions. Suddenly, governments have been moving towards ideas that only a few weeks ago seemed absurd.
The Federal Government Department of Health Deputy Secretary Lisa Studdert addressed a letter to Allied Health Professionals on March 26 2020 in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The contents of this letter can be read here.
The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) has received queries from members in relation to changes or proposed changes to their working conditions as a result of the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Health Services Union (HSU) National Office has been representing the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) and other HSU branches on a joint working group around issues and responses to COVID-19, specifically in relation to the disability sector.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus is of concern to all Victorian Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). As such it is important that we have a clear understanding of the virus, the disease it causes and how we should best look after ourselves and our patients.