CoVid-19 Updates

CoVid-19 Update 25 March 2020

Current government advice is that psychology services are considered an essential service.
As such Nexus Psychology remains open for consultations – both in-person and telehealth.

Strict hygiene and distancing protocols are adhered to in all of the consulting rooms at Nexus Psychology.

However – If individuals indicate a preference for counseling via telehealth – ie, phone or video – this option is available.

Some psychologists at Nexus are choosing to offer only telehealth session

Under some circumstances Telehealth sessions may be bulk-billed – eg, where a client or psychologists are considered to have a confirmed or suspected case of Corona virus, or are considered to be in a vulnerable group

If Co-Vid 19 bulk billing criteria are not met – medicare rebates are not currently available for telehealth sessions.

The government is considering its position in relation to an expansion of telehealth services and is expected make an announcement on Monday 30 March in relation to this.

Other relevant announcements in relation to the provision of services impacted by Co-Vid 19 are noted below

APS announcements
The majority of Australian health funds have agreed to provide coverage for teleconsultations provided by psychologists, from Monday 30 March, during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This is subject to the following conditions:
  • The patient is undergoing an existing course of treatment, and has seen the psychologist providing the teleconsultation over the past six months, or
  • For new patients, the telepsychology service has been recommended by their general practitioner, and
  • The service is delivered before 30 September 2020, and
  • The service is undertaken in accordance with Australian Psychological Society guidelines
This is a significant step in ensuring that clients can continue their treatment during this particularly difficult time.
Staying Present and Mindful

The current situation we are all facing is very difficult- there are a lot of things going on that are uncertain and out of our control.

In these times it can be good to focus on some of the things you can control like your breath.

We have link below of a recording of a short breathing exercise by Annette Marlow who is our Nexus Wellness coordinator.

Breathing Excercise here

Taking care of your mental and physical health is now more important than ever, as the
uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 brings increased stress and anxiety. It’s easy to feel out
of control and get caught up in the pressures of life – from adapting to all the changes
occurring in the world. However simple steps, like taking a short moment out of your day to
focus on your own mind and body, can help to reduce stress.

Nexus has been offering remote mindful movement sessions via Zoom, facilitated by Nexus’
Wellness Coordinator and Mindful Meditation Teacher Annette Marlow.

  • 15 mins, mindful movement chair stretches
What is Mindfulness?
  • Mindfulness encompasses the psychological process of becoming fully present in the
    current moment.
  • Aware of your current surroundings, sensations etc.
Why is Mindfulness important during COVID-19?
  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Keeping in control during covid
  • Increase happiness
Mindful Movement
  • Most people live sedentary lives, sitting at disks all day for work etc.
  • Focus on bodily sensations – connects the body with the mind
  • Increases self-control, facilitates mindfulness
If you’re interested in hearing about our Mindfulness programs, Contact 03 9500 0751 or submit a request here to register your interest.
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