New Zealand is currently undergoing a covid-19 outbreak of the Delta variant. Naturopaths like all other professions must obey the laws and mandates set by the government in operating their businesses. If you are unsure of what these are please consult the Ministry of Health or Healthline. Links are provided at the bottom of this information.
New Zealand has moved into the Traffic Light system. How you need to operate will depend on what colour, Red, Yellow or Green your area is in. We are in the process of getting information clarified, in the meantime it is best to check the Ministry of Health to ensure your are operating in the correct conditions for your area.
Please continue to scan in to keep track of where you go for contact tracing. It is still recommended that you wear a mask and maintain social distancing where possible.
Air and road boundaries are still in place between Auckland and the rest of New Zealand. People travelling out of Auckland will need to be fully vaccinated, or have a negative COVID-19 test administered no more than 72 hours before departure, to leave Auckland and visit other parts of the country. This requirement will remain in place until 17 January 2022.
Each Step sill be reviewed regularly.
If you are unsure please check the Ministry of Health Covid-19 information by going to their website or ring their health line (links and numbers at the bottom of this page).
You can work from home if you have no interaction with people outside your bubble as you cannot see clients face-to-face. Having consultations on phone or online formats is a great option. Information about how to do this can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/336807163070325/posts/2807891392628544/
A good practice is to wear masks when practising indoors, maintain stringent hygiene practices and ensure that clients are not waiting together before consults. Please get a Covid-19 test if you show any symptoms it is also very important to self-isolate while waiting for results. Please refer to the government guidelines at the bottom of this page if you need clarification.
As primary health care support Naturopaths can be a great source of comfort and help for people during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, naturopaths need to ensure we are not also a vector point when the idea is to stamp out the disease by giving it no points of contact to transfer. We can also help by spreading the official public health messages.
If a client contacts you with any symptoms of Covid-19 refer them to a testing station. The best thing to do is to imagine you have Covid-19. Would the measures you’re taking stop the spread. The shipping of herbal and nutritional medicines may have restrictions please check with your supplier or with the government helpline. The following can also be prescribed to support your clients. Over the counter products available through pharmacies and supermarkets.
Herbal teas and decoctions people can make from culinary spices, herbs, garden plants and NZ natives.
Nutritional medicine using food
If you must go out to get essential items –
Maintain a minimum safe distance of 2 metres
Avoid unnecessary activities
Don’t linger near people for more than 15 minutes
Wiping surfaces down if they have been touched, being more thorough with cleaning and washing hands regularly is a good idea.
Continue to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (for kids it helps to tell them to sing Happy Birthday twice). Have everyone entering your house or place of work wash their hands upon entering to keep inside a safe zone.
If you are concerned you are showing symptoms, DO NOT go to the emergency department or your doctor’s office, rather call your doctor, or the dedicated Covid-19 Healthline 0800 358 5453 (or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453) for up to date advice and information on what to do.
If you have having an emergency, phone 111 and advise them that the symptoms are Covid-19 related.
For regularly updated information please visit the Ministry of Health resource dedicated to giving information on covid-19 here https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-resources/covid-19-information-sheets-general-public