The Women’s values its relationship with General Practitioners and other health professionals who partner with us to provide high quality healthcare.
We encourage GPs and other health professionals to refer eligible patients to the Women’s for maternity, women’s health, gynaecological, and other healthcare.
For general information on referrals, please see the Referrals page.
Women’s Health and Gynaecology referrals
The Women’s is a specialist facility serving women in its local area as well as those from across Victoria with complex gynaecological issues and women's health needs.
Gynaecology issues include problems such as period (menstrual) pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic pain, infertility, or pelvic floor problems causing incontinence or prolapse, and female genital cutting.
The Victorian public maternity system is designed to make sure that all women get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. This means, women who have uncomplicated pregnancies are cared for in their local maternity hospital. Women with complicated pregnancies need to attend a tertiary (specialist) hospital for their pregnancy care (the Women’s, Monash Health, Mercy Hospital for Women, and Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital).
The Women’s prioritises pregnancy care for:
- Women who live in our local area (i.e. the Women’s is their closest maternity hospital)
- Women from across Victoria who require specialist care for a complicated pregnancy.
We recommend women with a low-risk pregnancy participate in the Shared Maternity Care program. A shared care provider will monitor and care for the woman during her pregnancy and the woman will then attend hospital for labour and birth. The Women’s provides support our Shared Maternity Care GPs, obstetricians and midwives throughout the provision of care.
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GP Liaison Unit
The General Practice Liaison Unit (GPLU) builds and enhances pathways, linkages, capacity, programs and services between general practice, community health care and the hospital.Learn more
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Shared Maternity Care
Shared maternity care means that a woman's pregnancy care is shared between the Women’s and a doctor or local midwife who is affiliated with the hospital.Learn more
Clinic Access Centre
The Women’s Clinic Access Centre is a comprehensive service for managing all new referrals to outpatient clinics.Learn more
Outpatient Referral forms and criteria information for Health ProfessionalsLearn more
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