This site contains the South Australian Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC) for most frequently referred respiratory and sleep medicine conditions.

Respiratory and sleep medicine conditions

Please note this is not an exhaustive list of all conditions for outpatient services and does not exclude consideration for referral unless specifically stipulated in the ophthalmology exclusions section.

Out of scope

Not all medical conditions are covered by the CPC, as certain conditions may be considered out of scope or managed by other specialist services:

  • nil

Exclusions for public specialist outpatient services

Not all respiratory and sleep medicine conditions are appropriate for referral into the South Australian public health system. The following are not routinely provided in a public specialist outpatient service:

  • asthma without first-line management in line with the Australian Asthma Handbook
  • bronchiolitis – refer to emergency department if concerns of respiratory distress
  • nasal epistaxis for consideration of nasal cautery (or reassurance if case is mild)

Emergency information

See the individual condition pages for more specific emergency information.


We welcome requests for further information or feedback on the CPC and website, please refer to the relevant form below.

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The respiratory and sleep medicine CPC is due for review in July 2026.

Evidence statement