Gastroenterology referrals

Gastrointestinal endoscopy services

Recently there have been several changes implemented to improve access to metropolitan public colonoscopy and gastroscopy services.

These changes included a new referral pathway via the Central Referral Service (CRS) (external site) and a standardised referral form.

This referral form is now available for the following GP software applications:

  • Best Practice
  • Medical Director
  • Medtech32
  • Genie
  • Practix.

Access these referral forms (external site) to request an endoscopic procedure.

Read the Central Referral Service guide for referrers (external site)

A printable and writeable PDF template continues to be available.

From Friday 21 April 2017 it is mandatory for GPs to use one of these referral templates.

GPs will now receive the correct notifications regarding the progress of their referral and the CRS is able to maintain accurate data for reporting and management of enquiries.

Visit Health Pathways WA (external site) for more information on referral pathways.

Remote consultation initiation of hepatitis C treatment

Since March 2016, and in accordance with Section 85 prescribing rules, the general listing of hepatitis C treatments was allowed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. 

GPs experienced in the treatment of hepatitis C are encouraged to prescribe the relevant treatment or if preferred GPs can seek approval by a gastroenterologist, hepatologist or infectious diseases specialist before prescribing.

The FSH Remote Consultation Initiation of Hepatitis C Treatment enables GPs to prescribe hepatitis C treatment following approval by an FSH specialist (gastroenterologist/hepatologist). 

Key benefits of this treatment option include:

  • more patients receiving timely and appropriate treatment
  • GPs and medical specialists working in partnership to enable more patients to be treated in a primary care setting
  • is a mechanism to support GPs who are building skills and confidence to prescribe independently.

GPs can request this service by completing the work-up (external PDF 553KB) and posting or faxing a Hepatitis C Remote Consultation Request form (PDF 276KB) or (Word 753KB) to the Central Referral Service (external site).

  • Fax: 1300 365 056
  • Postal address: PO Box 3462, Midland WA 6056

The work-up includes information regarding the patient's hepatitis C genotype and viral load and a serum marker of liver fibrosis either APRI or Hepascore, which is all available from PathWest. 

If the work-up results indicate more complex hepatitis C, the patient will be accepted to the waitlist for an appointment with a specialist.

To ensure competency to prescribe and manage hepatitis C, training is recommended for GPs which can be accessed from a variety of sources:

More information about this community-based management option is available on the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) website (external site);

If you are unable to prescribe this treatment independently or in conjunction with FSH, please consider alternative referral pathways such as referral to a:

If you or your patient declines the community-based management option, you will still need to submit the work-up and referral form via CRS and indicate that the patient is not for remote consultation. Please ensure your patient understands there is a longer wait time for hospital-based treatment.

Central Referral Service

Fax: 1300 365 056

Postal address:
Central Referral Service
PO Box 3462
Midland WA 6056