Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Referral Criteria for Specialist Outpatient Services

For Medical Practitioners

Referral Criteria for Specialist Outpatient Services

These referral criteria have been specifically developed for Medical Practitioners who are referring patients for specialist outpatient care at the Women's and Children's Health Network.

The referral criteria have been developed to ensure that patients are treated in order of relative priority and in a consistent manner throughout our outpatient services and should be used as a guide only.

The information provided within the referral criteria will assist in referral management from Medical Practitioners to hospital specialists. This process will facilitate the following improvements in referral management for WCHN:

  • reduce number of inappropriate referrals
  • provide specialist assessment and treatment more efficiently
  • reduce waiting time for outpatient based on clinical need


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PDF iconAbdominal Pain – Acute (General Surgical)

PDF iconAbdominal Pain – Acute (Urology)

PDF iconAbdominal Pain – Chronic

PDF iconAbnormal Pupil Reaction and Size

PDF iconAbnormal Red Reflex And Or White Pupil

PDF iconAcute Eye Trauma

PDF iconAcute Suppurative Otitis Media (ASOM)

PDF iconApnoea

PDF iconAsthma or Wheezing (over 2 years)

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PDF iconBalanitis (General Surgery)

PDF iconBalanitis (Urology)

PDF iconBehavioural Issues (under 6 years)

PDF iconBehavioural Issues (Over 6 years)

PDF iconBilious Vomiting

PDF iconBow Legs

PDF iconBurns

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PDF iconCervical Lymph Nodes

PDF iconChalazion Or Stye

PDF iconChronic Cough (>4 weeks duration)

PDF iconConstipation or Encopresis

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PDF iconDevelopmental Delay (under 6 years)

PDF iconDevelopmental Disability (over 6 years)

PDF iconDevelopmental Dysplasia Of The Hip (DDH)

PDF iconDiabetes

PDF iconChronic Diarrhoea (more than 2 weeks duration)

PDF iconDroopy Eye Lid – Ptosis

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PDF iconEar, Nose and Throat

PDF iconEating disorder / Suspected eating disorder

PDF iconEncopresis

PDF iconEndocrinology

PDF iconEnuresis (bedwetting over 7 years)

PDF iconEpigastric Hernia

PDF iconEpistaxis - Recurrent

PDF iconEye Turns / Squints / Strabismus

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PDF iconFailure to Thrive (under 5 years)

PDF iconFlat Feet

PDF iconForeskin Adhesions / Smegma Cysts (General Surgical)

PDF iconForeskin Adhesions / Smegma Cysts (Urology)

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PDF iconGastro-oesophageal Reflux, Suspected

PDF iconGeneral Surgery

PDF iconGenitourinary Tract Haemorrhage Or Haematuria

PDF iconGlue Ear

PDF iconGynaecology

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PDF iconHeadaches

PDF iconHoarseness

PDF iconHydronephrosis

PDF iconHypospadias

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PDF iconImmunodeficiency, Suspected

PDF iconInfection – Bone

PDF iconInfection – Joint

PDF iconInfections

PDF iconIngested Caustic and Acid Substances

PDF iconIngrown Toenail

PDF iconInguinal Hernia – Indirect and Irreducible

PDF iconIn-Toeing

PDF iconIntussusception

PDF iconIron Deficiency

PDF iconIrritable Infant / Infant with Suspected Gastro-oesophageal Reflux

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PDF iconKnocked Knees

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PDF iconLearning Difficulties / Developmental Disability (over 6 years)

PDF iconLimping Child

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PDF iconMacrocephaly, Microcephaly, Unusual Head Shape, or Fontanelle Size/Closure

PDF iconMidline Neck Swelling

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PDF iconNasolacrimal Duct Obstruction

PDF iconNeck Mass

PDF iconNeurology

PDF iconNeurosurgery

PDF iconNystagmus Or Wobbly Eye

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PDF iconObstetrics and Midwifery

PDF iconObstructive Sleep Apnoea

PDF iconOphthalmology

PDF iconOrthopaedics and Spine

PDF iconOsgood-Schlatter Disease

PDF iconOtitis Externa

PDF iconOtitis Media with effusion (glue ear)

PDF iconOut-Toeing

PDF iconOverweight (BMI percentile over 85th percentile, or BMI over 30)

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PDF iconParaphimosis (General Surgical)

PDF iconParaphimosis (Urologyl)

PDF iconPerforated Eardrum

PDF iconPerthes Disease

PDF iconPhimosis (General Surgical)

PDF iconPhimosis (Urology)

PDF iconPlastic Surgery - Referral Guidelines

PDF iconPlastic Surgery - Clinical Priority Access

PDF iconPyloric Stenosis Or Vomiting

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PDF iconRecurrent infections or Suspected Immunodeficiency

PDF iconRed Eye Or Pink Eye

PDF iconRenal And Ureteric Calculi

PDF iconRhinorrhoea

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PDF iconScrotal Pathology – Acute (General Surgical)

PDF iconScrotal Pathology – Acute (Urology)

PDF iconSeizures

PDF iconSinusitis

PDF iconSleep Apnoea

PDF iconSlipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)

PDF iconSnoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

PDF iconSpine

PDF iconSticky and/or Watery Eyes

PDF iconSwallowed Foreign Bodies

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PDF iconToe Walking

PDF iconTonsilitis - recurrent

PDF iconTumour - Bone And Soft Tissue

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PDF iconUmbilical Granuloma

PDF iconUmbilical Hernia

PDF iconUnderweight (over 5 years)

PDF iconUndescended/Retractile Testes (General Sugical)

PDF iconUndescended/Retractile Testes (Urology)

PDF iconUrinary Incontinence

PDF iconUrinary Tract Infection – Recurrent

PDF iconUrology

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PDF iconVoiding Dysfunction

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PDF iconWheezing or Asthma (over 2 years)

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last modified: 19 Jun 2019