Women’s Health and Gynaecology referrals

As a tertiary hospital, the Women's must preserve capacity to accommodate women who need complex or emergency care. We  therefore encourage all women to access the closest women's health or gynaecology service that can meet their health care needs.

The Women’s provides women’s health and gynaecology care at two sites; Parkville and Sandringham. We prioritise access for women who live in our local area (i.e. we are their closest hospital) and for women who have complex or high risk health needs.  

The following gynaecological problems may require the tertiary level expertise of the Women’s:

Women who require care for general gynaecology problems should be referred to their local hospital with a women’s health service. The problems in the list below generally do not require tertiary level expertise. Please check the links to HealthPathways Melbourne in the list items for guidance:

  • Cervical dysplasia and polyps
  • Heavy or Irregular Menses
  • Intermenstrual or Post Coital Bleeding
  • Post Menopausal Bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Dyspareunia
  • Menopause
  • Prolapse
  • Incontinence
  • Vulval itch 
  • Vulval pain / skin problems
  • Breast pain/lumps

Women who have a general gynaecology problem but also have complex needs and/or co-morbidities may be accepted for care at the Women's. This will be determined by clinical triage upon receipt of a referral.

According to the state-wide referral criteria, the Women’s will unlikely accept women referred for:

  • Reversal of tubal ligation
  • Where cervical screening shows:
    • human papillomavirus is not detected
    • there are unsatisfactory liquid-based cytology or human papillomavirus testing
    • possible, or confirmed, low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions where human papillomavirus is not detected.

Address referrals to consultant listed:

Some of our women's health & gynaecology clinics operate as mixed MBS and non-MBS-billed outpatient clinics. Because of this, we request that all referrals are addressed to a named medical practitioner. This enables us to provide patients with a choice of being treated as either a private or public patient.

Please address referrals to Dr Len Matthews.

Your referral must contain:

The information listed below is required for us to appropriately triage your referral and to allocate women to a clinic and contact them. Insufficient information will delay triage. Templates can be found at the end of this page.

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Phone (preferably mobile)
  • Medicare number (Health insurance details if no Medicare number provided)
  • Referrer details: practice address and provider number
  • Country of Birth
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status
  • Interpreter and language required
  • Disabilities and special needs (e.g. mobility)
  • Clinical information:
    • Diagnosis or provisional diagnosis, if known
    • Co-Morbidities
    • BMI
    • Relevant physical examination findings
    • Relevant Medical history
    • Relevant Psychiatric, Genetic and Family history
    • Management to date and response to treatment

For some clinical conditions, we require that specific investigations are included with the referral

Please see the Downloads list below for Fast Fax Templates and template downloading instructions.

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