The Victorian and Tasmanian PHN Alliance (VTPHNA) is working with the Victorian Department of Health (DH) to support an integrated approach to the adoption of statewide referral criteria (SRC) for acute adult specialist clinics.
Health services often have different referral guidelines to access specialist clinics, leading to confusion regarding requirements and suitability of access. The DH has developed statewide referral criteria to provide clear and consistent guidance about which patients are appropriate for referral to public specialist clinics and what information and diagnostics are required to support accurate prioritisation.
Referral criteria are available for over 100 core conditions within the following 12 specialties:
- Chronic pain (Health Independence Program services)