Pathways

Disclaimer

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.


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Quick access to page: Health professionals are encouraged to Bookmark this page in their browsers, or on their desktop, for quick access. If you need assistance with this, contact your IT professional or get in touch with a Provider Support Officer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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


Public Hospital referral Pathways

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


Statewide Referral Criteria — clinical and referral pathways

Clinical and referral pathways utilising the Statewide Referral Criteria for specialist clinics cover: ENT, Gastroenterology, Urology and Vascular. 

Additional clinical and referral pathways will be available soon, covering: Gynaecology, Neurology, Endocrinology,  Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Rheumatology and Obstetrics.

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. 

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.

OCPs include:


Other localised care pathways

Other localised care pathways include: 

Dementia and Sexually Transmitted Infections


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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