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Otitis Media / Otological Concerns (Audiology)


Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • No category 1 criteria
  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)
    • Suspicion of complicated otitis media e.g. cholesteatoma
    • Painful discharging ears despite topical antibiotic (first line) and/or PO antibiotic therapy (second line) for 5 days
    • Middle ear conditions without previous audiology
    • ASOM with ear drum perforation
  • Category 3
    (appointment within 365 calendar days)
    • Chronic middle ear conditions that have previous audiology

1. Reason for request Indicate on the referral

  • To establish a diagnosis
  • For treatment or intervention
  • For advice and management
  • For specialist to take over management
  • Reassurance for GP/second opinion
  • For a specified test/investigation the GP can't order, or the patient can't afford or access
  • Reassurance for the patient/family
  • For other reason (e.g. rapidly accelerating disease progression)
  • Clinical judgement indicates a referral for specialist review is necessary

2. Essential referral information Referral will be returned without this

  • Description of
    • Onset, duration, frequency, severity
    • Previous ENT history
    • Social modifiers ie. effect on work

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • Family history of hearing loss in patient's parents or siblings
  • Other medical conditions or syndromes known to be related to hearing loss including Down syndrome
  • Results of Health Assessment for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People

4. Request

Last updated: 13 June 2023