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

General 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 general medicine 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:

  • Obstetric/maternal foetal medicine
  • Pre-operative ‘high-risk’ surgery assessment – refer utilising pre-existing referral pathways

Exclusions for public specialist outpatient services

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

  • conditions for which multidisciplinary team input and care coordination is requested e.g. postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), Ehlers Danlos syndromes
  • conditions for which specialist criteria are met e.g. geriatric medicine (cognitive impairment/dementia) or mental health services (primary psychiatric presentation)
  • non-specific referral without clearly defined objective/purpose e.g. general review
  • symptoms/illness meeting threshold for emergency department presentation

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 General Medicine CPC is due for review in July 2025.

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