Chinese Medicine Board and Ahpra statement on COVID-19 and vaccines

The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, along with the other regulators within the national scheme and across Australia issued a joint statement yesterday on COVID-19 and vaccines. The statement is now live:

The statement has been translated into Arabic, Farsi, Greek, simplified Chinese and Vietnamese to support a broader reach within our culturally and linguistically diverse communities, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. The Board and Ahpra are also working with the World Wellness Group on an in-language social media campaign to support the release of the statement with these communities.

In March 2021 the Chinese Medicine Board, along with other National Boards and Ahpra, published a joint statement to help registered health practitioners and students understand what is expected of them in relation to COVID-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccination position statement is available on the Ahpra website. The Chinese Medicine Board supports the vaccination program and encourages all registered Chinese medicine practitioners to get vaccinated, unless medically contraindicated.

The Code of Conduct for Chinese medicine practitioners explains the public health obligations of registered health practitioners, including participating in efforts to promote the health of the community and meeting obligations on disease prevention.   All practitioners should comply with local employer, health service or health department policies, procedures and guidelines on COVID-19 vaccinations.