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.

To provide feedback on any of the pathways, please contact Provider Support (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

How to use this page

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:

COVID-19 pathways 

GP management of COVID positive patients Pathway here (updated 2 December).

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
  • Vascular
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology

Referral pathways to Chronic Pain Clinics, as part of the Health Independence Program, also  utilise Statewide Referral Criteria.

  • Chronic Pain

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 and Chronic Pain 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.

Statewide Referral Criteria Clinical and Referral pathways, including Chronic Pain, are found here.

To go to the Victorian Department of Health 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: 

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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