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Developing clinical prioritisation criteria

The key to the success of Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC) is clinician involvement at every step of development, implementation and evaluation.

The criteria are being developed by Clinical Advisory Groups for relevant medical specialties. Each Clinical Advisory Group is made up of interested clinicians from across Queensland who work in allied health, general practice, nursing and specialist care. Membership includes clinicians with expertise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, rural health and other relevant population groups.

Criteria will be developed for the most common conditions regularly referred to the public medical specialist clinics. Not every condition will require CPC, and others may be developed or re-evaluated in the future.

Clinical Advisory Groups are formed through an expression of interest process. Any clinician with relevant expertise, experience and/or interest is welcome to join as many groups as they choose, and to contribute as and when they are able. If you would like to register your interest (link to survey).

Clinical Prioritisation Criteria and the patient journey

CPC are clinical criteria that apply at three parts of the patient journey:

  • Referral  - to follow when referring a patient to specialist outpatient services
  • Outpatients - to follow when determining how quickly the patient should be seen (urgency category)
  • Intervention - to follow when determining if the patient needs further treatment and the urgency of that treatment.

Stages of development

To ensure consistency of outputs and outcomes, the development of each CPC follows a broadly similar pathway. Download the CPC Approval process (PDF, 57kB).

Clinical specialities

CPC are being developed in phases, with 2 phases currently under development, and additional phases to be determined in the future.

Phase 1

  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • Gastroenterology
  • General surgery
  • Gynaecology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery

Phase 2

  • Oncology and Malignant Haematology
  • Cardiology
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • General Paediatrics
  • Hepatology
  • Nephrology
  • Paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Paediatric General Surgery
  • Paediatric Neurosurgery
  • Paediatric Orthopaedics
  • Respiratory


A dedicated Paediatric Advisory Group has been created to provide expert clinical advice to inform the paediatric content of the CPC.

The Paediatric Advisory Group supports and advises the Clinical Advisory Groups regarding the inclusion of paediatric criteria, or may recommend separate paediatric CPC be developed for a particular condition/speciality.

Last updated: 30 June 2017

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Phone: (07) 3234 1813


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Forestry House Building
160 Mary Street
Brisbane Queensland 4000 Australia

Get involved

If you would like to be involved in the development of one or more of the Clinical Prioritisation Speciality areas, please register your interest by completing this short survey.