Victoria COVID-19 updates

This page contains the latest updates and information for pharmacists in Victoria.

 

For nationally relevant information visit PSA’s dedicated COVID-19 web page.

 

For Victorian regulatory changes, head to the Regulatory Changes page.

Community pharmacy and frontline hospital services will be allowed to maintain regular operations and have been recognised by the government as an essential service.

 

Community pharmacies are able to continue normal business operations, and may trade during curfew hours (8pm-5am). Restrictions on other industries are significant – most non-food retail may only operate through delivery or ‘click and collect’ only operations. The operation of warehouses will be limited.
Consistent with Stay at Home Directions (Restricted Areas) (No 7), people can leave home during curfew hours to access health care and medical supplies, including prescription medicines, non-prescription medicines and pharmacist care.

 

While Melbourne residents should limit movement and must shop locally, PSA have been advised people may travel more than 5km to access pharmacist services where there is a valid reason – such as patient history and prescriptions is on file at their regular pharmacy, or a person continuing to access opioid pharmacotherapy services.

 

Pharmacists should actively promote contactless care and delivery options, particularly to people who are required to be self-isolating and to vulnerable people.

Regional Victoria is under Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 August. Under the restrictions, there are only four legal reasons to leave home; getting supplies you need, exercise, to give or receive care and for work or study which cannot be done at home. Workplace shutdown announcements generally do not affect regional Victoria.

 

Pharmacists should actively promote contactless care and delivery options, particularly to people who are required to be self-isolating and to vulnerable people.

The curr​ent DHHS testing criteria includes both symptomatic and asymptomatic persons, subject to location and risk.  Details of symptoms and testing locations are available here.

The Victorian DHHS has issued advice and clinical guidance related to working in the Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD) sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Advice moderates existing MATOD policy for prescribers and dispensers in relation to:

  • Takeaway doses
  • Third party collection
  • Suboxone prescribing caps.

 

This information is intended to provide guidance and support for increased flexibility in clinical treatment during this time.  This advice was developed by alcohol and other drug experts and the Department of Health and Human Services, and will be supported by ongoing work by the department to identify optimal pathways for vulnerable clients, including pharmacotherapy patients.

 

If you have any questions in relation to this information, please make contact with your local Pharmacotherapy Area Based Network in the first instance. Alternatively you may submit questions to aod.enquiries@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Contact the DHHS on 1300 651 160.

The location of COVID-19 respiratory clinics are available via the DHHS website

PHN Phone Email Website
North Western Melbourne 03 9347 1188 nwmphn@nwmphn.org.au www.nwmphn.org.au
Eastern Melbourne 03 9046 0300 info@emphn.org.au www.emphn.org.au
South Eastern Melbourne 1300 331 981 info@semphn.org.au www.semphn.org.au
Murray 03 5441 7806 info@murrayphn.org.au www.murrayphn.org.au
Western Victoria 03 5222 0800 info@westvicphn.com.au www.westvicphn.com.au
Gippsland

Surgical masks request form

03 5175 5444 info@gphn.org.au www.gphn.org.au

If you have any queries or are looking for the latest, up-to-date advice regarding COVID-19 in your state or territory, please contact your local PSA office.