|Title:||Central Referral Allocation – Outpatient Services|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0503/14|
|Date of issue:||Friday, 21 February 2014|
|Description:||The aim of this Operational Directive is to inform Health Services of the commencement of a metropolitan centralised referral allocation system, commencing with outpatient services.|
|Legal requirements:||Please indicate if this Operational Directive is required to be issued under any specific legal instrument, eg. Health Act, etc.
|Applicable to:||All Health Services and Department of Health staff involved in elective services in both a clinical and administrative capacity, in particular outpatient services, should be aware of the proposed Central Referral Allocation Service.|
|Framework:||Clinical Services Planning and Programs Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 24 February 2014 to 24 February 2024|
|Review date:||24 February 2019|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/Director General, Department of Health WA, 20-Feb-2014|
|Print version:||View print version|
Central Referral Allocation – Outpatient Services
This Operational Directive is to inform Health Services of the commencement of the metropolitan Central Referral Service (and associated policy) on 24 February 2014.
A standardised referral process that allocates referrals to a clinically appropriate health service site within a clinically safe timeframe aims to provide a coordinated and sustainable model for outpatient referral management across the system.
The establishment of the Central Referral Service aims to:
The Central Referral Service will process and allocate all doctor-led metropolitan specialist outpatient referrals to the public health system from external providers, such as General Practitioners (GPs), Private Specialists and Nurse Practitioners.
The Central Referral Service will accept referrals for metropolitan doctor-led outpatient specialties from GPs, private specialists, nurse practitioners and Department of Health doctors working within rural areas, where the service is not offered locally.
All Health Services and Department of Health staff involved in elective services in both a clinical and administrative capacity, in particular outpatient services, should be aware of and comply with the Central Referral Service Policy (February 2014).
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Friday, 21 February 2014 at 9:42am