It is not the function of the clinical pathways and/or referral information on the South Eastern Melbourne PHN website to substitute for the role of the clinician but to support the clinician in enabling access to know-how and knowledge. Users are therefore urged to use their own professional judgement to ensure that the patient receives the best possible care. Whilst reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on any online clinical or referral knowledge resource, we cannot guarantee its correctness and completeness. The information is subject to change and we cannot guarantee that it is up-to-date.
How to use this page
Pathway search: To search for a specific pathway on this page, press Ctrl + F on your keyboard, and type in the pathway you are searching for. If it is available on this page, the search term you used will be highlighted. A link will be listed below the available pathways for you to access.
This page lists pathways for health professionals to use across a series of specialties. These pathways are all local to the south eastern Melbourne catchment.
For information on the Public Hospital referral pathways in our catchment, follow these links:
GP management of COVID+ve patients Pathway here (updated 25 September).
Access to HealthPathways Melbourne during COVID-19
SEMPHN, the Victorian Tasmania PHN Alliance and the Department of Health and Human Services are making Melbourne HealthPathways available for SEMPHN GPs and other clinicians to access freely during the period of COVID-19.
The regularly updated COVID-19 pages include clinical, practice, and COVID-19 services information, plus updates on affected hospital services and screening clinics.
For specialist clinics pathways we encourage you to use to continue using the Statewide Referral Criteria further below on this page, as they have the most accurate SEMPHN region referral information.
Statewide Referral Criteria — clinical and referral pathways
Clinical and referral pathways utilising the Statewide Referral Criteria for specialist clinics cover: ENT, Gynaecology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Urology, Rheumatology, Obstetrics and Vascular.
Additional clinical and referral pathways will be available soon, covering: Endocrinology and Cardiology.
Referrals that do not meet the Statewide Referral Criteria will be expected to be declined by all Victorian public hospitals. If your referral is declined, you should receive correspondence from the health service explaining why the referral has not been accepted.
Please Note: Statewide referral criteria have been developed for select Endocrinology conditions. Public specialist clinics across Victoria are not currently required to assess new referrals against these criteria. However, referring clinicians are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the statewide referral criteria in preparation for their launch in all Victorian public specialist clinics in the near future.
To go to the DHHS Statewide Referral Criteria for Specialist Clinics website click here
Optimal Care Pathways (OCP)
South Eastern Melbourne OCPs cover:
Colorectal cancer, Melanoma, Lung cancer, Oesophagogastric Cancer, and Prostate cancer.
SEMPHN is part of a state-wide initiative to localise Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) supported by the Victorian Government. The OCPs have been developed to help people diagnosed with cancer receive the best possible care, OCPs have been developed to map a patient's optimal cancer journey across 15 different cancer types.
- Detailed pathways and quick reference guides
- Patient 'What to expect' consumer guides
- Instructions on how to import there resources into your clinical software
- I-PACED resource cards
Other localised care pathways
Other localised care pathways include:
Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV
Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) pathways
South eastern Melbourne AOD pathways cover:
Alcohol, benzodiazepine, cannabis, opioid dependence, methamphetamine, poisoning and prescribing naloxone
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