Useful Management Information

Minimum Referral Criteria

Does your patient meet the minimum referral criteria?
Category 1 (appointment within 30 calendar days)
  • Systemic symptoms: fever, weight loss, failure to thrive
  • Feeding difficulties (including choking or vomiting)
  • Stridor and other respiratory noises
  • Abnormal clinical respiratory examination including clubbing
  • Abnormal CXR
  • History of haemoptysis
  • Severe paroxysms with vomiting or colour change
Category 2 (appointment within 90 calendar days)
  • Recurrent episodes of chronic, wet or productive cough
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Most other referrals for persistent or chronic cough
Category 3 (appointment within 365 calendar days)
  • Recurrent episodes of chronic, wet or productive cough
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Most other referrals for persistent or chronic cough

If your patient does not meet the minimum referral criteria

  • Assessment and management information may be found on a range of conditions at HealthPathways
  • If the patient does not meet the criteria for referral but the referring practitioner believes the patient requires specialist review, a clinical override may be requested:
    • Please explain why (e.g. warning signs or symptoms, clinical modifiers, uncertain about diagnosis, etc.)
  • Please note that your referral may not be accepted or may be redirected to another service

Essential Referral Information

  • History of the cough:
    • duration
    • paroxysm-related symptoms such as vomiting or colour change
  • Report presence or absence of other respiratory illness
    • asthma
    • chronic lung disease
    • cystic fibrosis
  • Chest X-Ray
  • Report presence or absence of concerning features
    • Persistent fevers
    • Night sweats
    • Weight loss (if so estimate how much)
    • Haemoptysis
    • Significant contacts with TB or pertussis

Additional Referral Information

Desirable information- will assist at consultation

  • Other past medical history
  • Immunisation history
  • Developmental history
  • Medication history
  • Significant psychosocial risk factors (esp parents mental health, family violence, housing and financial stress, department of child safety involvement)
  • Height/weight/head circumference and growth charts with prior measurements if available.
  • Other physical examination findings inclusive of CNS, birth marks or dysmorphology
  • Any relevant laboratory results or medical imaging reports, urinalysis result
Last updated 20 October 2021

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Internal Referrals

Paediatric Medicine (E-Blueslips)


(07) 5687 4497


Paediatric Referral Centre
Gold Coast University Hospital
1 Hospital Boulevard
Southport QLD 4215


1300 744 284

Related HealthPathways

No directly related pathways found

Service Availability

Dr Susan Moloney
Medical Director Paediatric Medicine (General Paediatrics)


Gold Coast University Hospital

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