Referral to emergency

If any of the following are present or suspected, please refer the patient to the emergency department (via ambulance if necessary) or seek emergent medical advice if in a remote region.

  • nil

For clinical advice, please telephone the relevant metropolitan Local Health Network switchboard and ask to speak to the relevant specialty service.

Women's and Children's Health Network

Category 1 - appointment clinically indicated within 30 days

  • nil

Category 2 — appointment clinically indicated within 90 days

  • nil

Category 3 — appointment clinically indicated within 365 days

  • hypoplasia
  • hyperplasia
  • gynaecomastia
  • breast reduction
  • breast reconstruction
  • tuberous breast
  • Poland Syndrome
  • breast asymmetry

For information on referral forms and how to import them, please view general referral information.

Essential referral information

Completion required before first appointment to ensure patients are ready for care. Please indicate in the referral if the patient is unable to access mandatory tests or investigations as they incur a cost or are unavailable locally.

  • identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • relevant social history, including identifying if you feel your patient is from a vulnerable population and/or requires a third party to receive correspondence on their behalf
  • interpreter requirements
  • child/parents demographic information including best contact details
  • past medical/surgical history
  • current medications and dosages
  • smoking/vaping status
  • allergies and sensitivities
  • body mass index (BMI)
  • management history including:
    • onset and duration
    • severity of presentation
    • pain
    • associated features, e.g. functional impairment, back/neck pain
  • presenting symptoms
    • congenital, traumatic, or post-surgical breast deformity or asymmetry greater than 10%
    • nipple areolar complex sits below the inframammary fold when the breast is unsupported
  • breast size limits physical activity

Clinical management advice

This is a guideline for outpatient referral only. If you have clinical concerns, please contact the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) Plastic and Reconstructive surgery service via switchboard on (08) 8161 7000

Clinical resources

Consumer resources