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Referral criteria for specialist outpatient services

Minimum referral requirements for specialist outpatient referrals

As a minimum referrals to the Specialist 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, email address for patient
  • if patient identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • patient's date of birth
  • preferred language and need for interpreter
  • Medicare number
  • name, address, telephone, fax, email contact and provider number of referring practitioner
  • date of referral.

Clinical referral details required:

  • reason for referral
  • history of the current condition
  • findings from clinical examination. Please include BMI or weight/height.
  • treatment options trialled thus far
  • 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.
Last updated: 31 October 2014