The Department of Health and Human Services has developed Statewide referral criteria to assist GPs and other clinicians referring patients to outpatient clinics. These referral criteria have been developed to improve access to outpatient clinics in public hospitals by improving the quality and appropriateness of referrals.

From 1 November 2019, all Victorian public hospitals are expected to assess new adult referrals for select presenting conditions against the Statewide referral criteria for ENT, vascular and urology. From 1 February 2020, an additional two specialties, neurology and gastroenterology were implemented into Victorian public hospitals.

The Statewide referral criteria for the current live specialties (ENT, Vascular, Urology, Gastroenterology and Neurology) have been included in updated Health Pathways.

Triage clinicians at the RMH are now triaging referrals according to the new criteria and GP referrals may be declined if they do not meet the criteria and / or have missing information - for example, history, diagnostics etc..

Statewide Referral criteria

Information for referring GPs and other referring clinicians

ENT

ENT criteria requirements

ENT quick reference referral guide

Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology criteria requirements

Gastroenterology quick reference referral guide

Neurology

Neurology criteria requirements

Neurology quick reference referral guide

Urology

Urology criteria requirements

Urology quick reference referral guide

Vascular

Vascular criteria requirements

Vascular quick reference referral guide