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

General surgery 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 surgery 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:

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:

  • aesthetic surgical procedures
  • asymptomatic hernia not impacting on acts of daily living (ADLs)/employment
  • asymptomatic pilonidal sinus
  • cosmetic removal of cysts and other benign skin lesions not of the face, hand, and neck
  • reversal of vasectomy

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 Surgery CPC is due for review in June 2026.

Evidence statement