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Ear drum perforation


Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • No category 1 criteria
  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)
    • Persistent discharge despite treatment and disabling pain and/or hearing loss significantly limiting quality of life, education, work
    • Recurrent episodes of discharging ear
    • Deteriorating hearing
  • Category 3
    (appointment within 365 calendar days)

    • No category 3 criteria

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

  • Diagnostic audiology assessment (Highly desirable where available and not cause significant delay)

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • Ear swab M/C/S results
  • Results of health assessment for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People

4. Request

Last updated: 13 June 2023