Information for GPs


The WA Health Central Referral Service provides a coordinated outpatient referral system for patients who require a first specialist outpatient appointment within the public health system.

This helps patients to receive their care within a clinically-appropriate timeframe, and in the most appropriate location.

To refer a patient, referrers should complete a standardised referral form and send it to the CRS. Experienced nurses will then allocate the referral to the most appropriate hospital for each patient based on location, speciality, and level of service required.

The CRS aims to produce benefits for referrers and their patients.

GP Liaison service

Royal Perth Hospital has a GP Liaison and a GP Liaison Aboriginal Health service.

Visiting Medical Practitioners

Some specialists who practise privately also have access to public surgical lists within the East Metropolitan Health Service. The specialists listed in these documents require a named referral to their private rooms for an initial outpatient consultation (where a consultation is not required prior to colonoscopy or gastroscopy (i.e. for open access referrals), please follow the WA Adult Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Services protocols). The initial consultation may result in a cost to the patient, but where surgery is required, the specialist can provide this in a non-tertiary public hospital (where clinically appropriate) at no cost to the patient.

Referral to one of these Visiting Medical Practitioners (VMP) may result in shorter waiting times for patients and referrals should be sent directly to the Specialist’s rooms.

VMPs within the east metropolitan area: