Orthopaedic consultants perform the initial referral triage with advanced physiotherapists then triaging the Category 2 and 3 referrals that could potentially benefit from non-surgical management. Category 2 & 3 patients are streamed to the non-operative pathways receive a comprehensive physical assessment by an advanced scope musculoskeletal physiotherapist, and coordination of a care plan (sent to the patient’s general practitioner) to support clinical management in the community. Education provided by the physiotherapist assists the patient to effectively self-manage their condition in collaboration with their GP.
If surgical review is indicated based upon the MPSC assessment, patients are re-directed back to the orthopaedic clinic. Additionally, patients with issues of concern or ambiguity can be discussed with orthopaedic consultants close to the point of care.
The MDS component of the model is focused upon treatment, largely provided for patients who have exhausted Medicare subsidised alternatives or are considered too complex to be treated in the community. MDS offers physiotherapy, psychology and/or dietetics.
CPC in use: Orthopaedics