Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC), implemented as a key component of the Government’s Specialist Outpatient Strategy, are clinical decision support tools that help ensure patients referred for public specialist outpatient services in Queensland receive appointments in order of clinical urgency. CPC represent a significant area of reform across the system by enabling and ensuring that Queenslanders get the right care, in the right place in a timely and clinically appropriate manner.
Statewide development and implementation facilitated by the Healthcare Improvement Unit (HIU) within the Clinical Excellence Division has seen over 309 conditions published across 21 specialties with development ongoing. CPC are developed and validated through an extensive process led by clinicians working across the Queensland health system. Almost 600 clinicians including General Practitioners (GP's), Specialists, Nursing and Allied Health staff have been involved in the development since the initiative commenced in 2014.