Direct to an emergency department that can provide a gynaecology assessment:

  • Acute, severe pelvic or abdominal pain.

Criteria for referral to public hospital specialist clinic services

  • Persistent pelvic pain that has not responded to adequate medical management.

Information to be included in the referral

Information that must be provided

  • Past medical history including:
    • obstetric and gynaecological history
    • pain severity, duration, any link to menstrual cycle or dysmenorrhea
    • how pain is different to any co-existing gastrointestinal pain
    • any previous pelvic inflammatory disease
    • any history of sexual abuse
    • previous medical and surgical management
  • Current and complete medication history (including non-prescription medicines, herbs and supplements)
  • Any medicines previously tried, duration of trial and effect.

Provide if available

  • Most recent human papillomavirus (HPV) and liquid-based cytology (LBC) co-test result or cervical screening test results
  • Sexually transmitted infections test results.

Additional comments

The Summary and referral information lists the information that should be included in a referral request.

Specialist multidisciplinary programs for women experiencing complications with transvaginal mesh are available at:

  • Royal Women’s Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital for Women
  • Monash Health
  • Western Health.

Women may also be referred to a chronic pain service.

Cervical screening test results may be provided from either self-collected or clinician collected samples.

Where appropriate and available the referral may be directed to an alternative specialist clinic or service.

Referral to a public hospital is not appropriate for

Not applicable.