About the phases for the Clinical Prioritisation Criteria Project
SA Health’s initial focus is to invest in reducing waiting times so accessing outpatient appointments is easier, more transparent, and more effective. Through collaboration with a number of clinicians across SA, the Outpatient Redesign Project aspires to create sustainability in improved access to services, transparency, governance and accountability.
One of the initiatives is to develop consistent and publicly available Clinical Prioritisation Criteria or CPC.
The CPC are clinical decision-making support tools that assist in ensuring patients referred are clinically categorised and accepted based on standardised statewide clinical referral criteria.
The CPC will help to ensure the public and health professionals have consistent, accurate and standardised information available regarding referral criteria and urgency categorisation for each specialty, along with what tests and diagnostics need to be performed prior to referral.
The development of CPC will result in improvements in the quality of referrals, reduce inappropriate referrals, support diagnostic testing to be completed prior to referral to a hospital specialist and better define clinical pathways across the state. This will assist in providing patients with the best health care available to meet their health needs.
For further information see the overview presentation (PDF 548KB)
The CPC aims for:
Consultation on following CPC have now closed. The final CPC for these specialities will be released in early 2022.
SA Health would like to acknowledge the valuable contribution of SA Health staff and primary care clinicians during the development of CPC. We would also like to recognise the use of reference material from state, interstate and international sources throughout the development of CPC.