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Covid-19 Policy

Updated 3rd August 2020

At Esteem Psychology, we value the health and wellbeing of our clients, staff, and the broader community. We are taking steps to limit exposure risks at our practice, based on the current Health recommendations outlined by the Australian Government.

 

FACE-TO-FACE APPOINTMENTS

We are continuing to offer face-to-face appointments and are taking precautions to ensure that social distancing is maintained and appropriate surface-cleaning measures are taken at our office.

Please do not attend your appointment in person if:

  • You are unwell
  • You are awaiting results for a COVID-19 test
  • You have contact (during the past 14 days) with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You have visited an identified COVID-19 hotspot within the past 14 days

If any of the above apply to you, please contact us on 49264198 to arrange a Telehealth appointment or to reschedule.

Please note that, because we are able to maintain appropriate social distancing in our offices, our staff will not be wearing masks at the current time. However, should you wish to wear a mask during your visit, we encourage and welcome your decision to do so.

 

TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS

We will continue to provide online and telephone sessions for people who would prefer to continue to attend appointments remotely. Medicare rebates for these appointments are available until 3oth September 2020.

Telehealth sessions will be conducted using a secure online platform, Coviu. We will send you a link by email prior to your appointment. At the time of your appointment, all you need to do is click the link to be connected to your online session with your psychologist. You will need access to a device with a camera and microphone in order to conduct your session online (please click here for other information that will help you prepare for your online appointment).

If you do not have the facilities to attend an online session, or if you would prefer not to use this option, we will also be offering telephone appointments. Your psychologist will call your preferred phone contact number at the time of your appointment.

Each of our clinical psychologists will be available to discuss options with you if you have any concerns or questions. We recognise that this is an uncertain time for everyone, and we encourage you to phone (4926 4198) or email us if you would like to get in contact with your psychologist.

 

HYGIENE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

For clients who attend the practice in person, we will be taking extra measures to reduce exposure risks. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres between people during face-to-face appointments. We also request that you maintain social distancing while in waiting areas and moving through the building.
  • Using contactless payments and rebate procedures where possible
  • Disinfecting our EFTPOS machine between uses
  • Regular disinfecting of all commonly touched surfaces, such as handrails, door handles, and bathroom surfaces
  • Making soap and hand sanitiser available
  • Observing recommended coughing and sneezing etiquette
  • No hand-shaking

 

SELF-ISOLATION

We request that all clients assist us by self-isolating if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or unwell.

Please allow a period of 14 days from the time of exposure/illness before attending the practice in person, and contact us to reschedule your appointment or arrange a telehealth appointment.

Please be aware that if you attend the practice with flu-like symptoms, your psychologist will reschedule your appointment to a later date.

Our staff will also be taking these self-isolation steps if we meet the higher risk of exposure criteria at any time, and we request your patience with regard to any disruption to services that might occur as a result.

 

This policy is based on the information available to us at the current time, and may change as the situation evolves. We appreciate your patience, cooperation, and understanding as we do our best to implement measures to protect the health of all of our clients and our staff.