Referral criteria for allied health outpatient services
Minimum referral requirements for allied health outpatient referrals
As a minimum referrals to Allied Health Outpatients Department must contain the following. Additional, condition specific referral criteria can be found on the GP referrals page.
Clerical referral details required:
- full name of patient (including aliases)
- name of parent/caregiver/next of kin
- full address of patient
- telephone contact details for patient: home, mobile and alternative e.g. work
- date of birth
- preferred language and need for interpreter
- Medicare number
- name, address, telephone, fax, email contact and provider number of referring GP
- DVA, Work Cover or Third Party Insurance provider e.g. motor vehicle insurance
- date of referral.
Clinical referral details required:
- reason for referral
- history of the current condition
- findings from clinical examination
- results of investigations
- treatment options trialled thus far – CDMP trialled/ineligible
- relevant past medical and surgical history
- relevant psychosocial history
- up-to-date list of current medications including any 'over the counter preparations' or supplements
- drug allergies and relevant clinical alerts.
Guiding principles for General Practitioners
The patient should:
- have used all sessions of their GP Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP) (if they were appropriate for one) before being referred to the Allied Health Outpatients Department
- live or work in the SCHHS catchment area
- be eligible for public medical treatment in Australia and hold a Medicare card.
- Patients eligible for compensation will be redirected to the private sector, unless the service is unavailable privately.
- access allied health services through their private insurance (if they have it) rather than being referred to the Allied Health Outpatients Service.
Further referral notes:
- Allied health disciplines only accept GP referrals for specified clinical areas.
- Individual allied health disciplines use specific prioritisation procedures for outpatient referrals. Contact the Allied Health Outpatient Department at the relevant SCHHS site for further information.