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

Orthopaedics 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 orthopaedics exclusions section.

Out of scope

Not all conditions require the development of CPC. Specialist services for which CPC are not required may include:

  • nil


Not all services are appropriate to be seen in the South Australian public health system. Exceptions are possible where clinically indicated. The following are not routinely provided in a public specialist outpatient service:

  • acute or sub-acute non-specific spinal pain
  • clinical symptoms not severe enough to require surgical intervention
  • chronic non-active Charcot neuroarthropathy
  • Dupuytren’s nodule without functional impairment or contracture
  • frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • refer to rheumatology department for systemic inflammatory disorders

Emergency information

See the individual condition pages for more specific emergency information.


To provide feedback regarding the Clinical Prioritisation Criteria or to enquire about the project, please email us at  Health.CPC@sa.gov.au.


The Orthopaedic CPC is due for review in May 2024.