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About clinical prioritisation criteria

The introduction of clinical decision support tools called Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC) will support referring practitioners, including GPs, when referring patients to Specialist Outpatient Services.

The CPC will improve communication between referring clinicians and Specialist Outpatient Services by providing clear requirements for referral reducing delays in assessment and treatment.

CPC have been developed by clinicians for clinicians and do not replace clinical judgement – rather, they aim to assist with determining when a patient should be referred to a Queensland public hospital for further assessment and treatment. They have been developed for common conditions regularly referred to the public specialist clinics. Not every condition will require a CPC, and others may be developed in the future. The performance and impact of each CPC will be evaluated regularly to ensure continued safety and efficacy.

Significant and valuable work has occurred which will see the integration of CPC into localised Health Pathways so that General Practitioners and other referring practitioners, and their patients, can be sure when to access public specialist services—even if the service may not be available in their immediate area. The CPC project will continue to build on this work to bring consistency across the state.

Last updated: 20 September 2016

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