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.

Public Hospital referral Pathways

For information on the Public Hospital referral pathways in our catchment, follow these links:

Statewide Referral Criteria for specialist clinics

The Department of Health and Human Services is developing statewide referral criteria to assist GPs and clinicians referring patients to specialist clinics. To go to the DHHS Statewide Referral Criteria for Specialist Clinics website click here.

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.

Clinical and referral pathways utilising the Statewide Referral Criteria for specialist clinics cover:

Additional clinical and referral pathways will be available soon, covering:

  • Gynaecology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Rheumatology and Obstetrics.

Optimal Care Pathways

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.

Resources have been developed for both patients and health professionals and describe the key stages in a patient’s cancer journey from diagnosis to survivorship or end of life care, the key principles, and expected standards of care at each point. The guides have been endorsed by the National Cancer Expert Reference Group, Cancer Australia and Cancer Council Australia. Patients, their family and carers can use the consumer versions to better understand an often complex health system, and to know what questions to ask of their health professionals to ensure they receive the best care at every step.

OCPs include:

Localised OCPs and Referral Pathways are available covering:

Implementing Pathways for Cancer Early Diagnosis (I-PACED)

The Cancer Council Victoria and The University of Melbourne Department of General Practice have developed a resource package to increase early cancer detection and decrease late presentation of the cancer types below and highlight recommendations in the Optimal Care Pathways. The resources provide information and tools to increase GP awareness about:

  • prevention and risk factors relevant to each cancer
  • screening/testing recommendations, including PSA testing decision aid which may assist in conversations with asymptomatic men
  • Evidence-based risk assessment tools to help assess patients with symptoms associated with prostate and oesophagogastric cancer, and to identify possible high risk patients

To view copies of the I-PACED resources, please click on the links below. Alternatively, you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain hard copies of the resources (SEMPHN catchment only).

Local Care Pathways

Chronic Hepatitis C (HCP)




Sexually Transmitted Infections


Chronic Hepatitis C (HCV) Pathway

The SEMPHN Chronic Hepatitis C (HCV) pathway offers GPs information about new curative treatments. 

The new treatments: 

  • are easy to take
  • have minimal side effects
  • offer a cure rate greater than 95%
  • are available to anyone over the age of 18 who has the Hepatitis C virus and who has a Medicare card. 

The pathway including links can be found here. Please click here for a print version.

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