Responding to requests for a medical exemption from wearing a mask / face covering
People in Victoria are currently required to wear a face covering when outside of their homes.
Exemptions apply, including but not limited to, infants and children under 12, those with a relevant medical condition, where the wearing of a mask would create a risk to a person’s safety ( i.e. in a workplace) and where a person’s profession requires visibility of their mouth, or when undertaking vigorous exercise (a face covering must be worn before and after the person exercises).
People do not need a medical certificate stating that they have a lawful reason for not wearing a face covering. If there is a lawful reason for not wearing a face covering there is no need to apply for an exemption or permit. If people are stopped by police, they will be asked to confirm the lawful reason they are not wearing a face covering.
However, GPs are being asked by patients to provide documentation confirming they have a lawful reason for not wearing a face covering. While there is no obligation to provide this documentation, if you feel this would benefit your patient, the RACGP has developed a letter template for you to use.
GP are encouraged to use these letters wisely, as with all medical certification. It is a public health benefit that those who can wear a face covering, do.
You may amend this template to suit the unique needs of your practice and patients.