Clinical Prioritisation Criteria

Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC) are clinical decision support tools.

They help ensure referrals to public specialist outpatient services are triaged according to how urgent each case is.

The prioritisation criteria include the following:

  • referrals have all the information they need for triage
  • appointments are given in order of clinical urgency
  • patients are ready for care at their first appointment
  • improved referral and communication processes between referrers and specialist outpatient services.

Read more about Clinical Prioritisation Criteria on the Queensland Government website.

Western Queensland HealthPathways

The Western Queensland HealthPathways is a hospital referral guideline that includes the clinical prioritisation criteria. The pathways provide clinical assessment, management and referral advice for health providers.

GPs should use HealthPathways at the point of care. It can also be used by hospital specialists, nurses, allied health and other health professionals in the Central West region.

The pathways have been jointly developed by hospital clinicians and general practice teams.

How to access Western Queensland HealthPathways

If you’re a health professional and you’d like to access the Western Queensland HealthPathways, you can contact the coordinator by registering on the HealthPathways website.

If you’re a referring health provider, you can find referral criteria and contact information on the Western Queensland HealthPathways website.

Smart Referrals

We have general and specific referral requirements aligned with the statewide Clinical Prioritisation Criteria for specialist outpatient services and allied health outpatient services.

You can send referrals to our referral hub by fax - 07 4658 4757. The hub is managed using Smart Referrals Workflow Solution.

Find out how to use Smart Referrals on the Queensland Health website.

Last updated: February 2023