Specialist clinics provide planned non-admitted services that require the focus of an acute setting to ensure the best outcomes for people. These services are an important interface in the health system between acute inpatient and primary care services.
They provide access to:
- medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals for assessment, diagnosis and treatment
- ongoing specialist management of chronic and complex conditions in collaboration with community providers
- pre and post-hospital care
- maternity care
- related diagnostic services, such as pathology and imaging.
The department funds specialist clinics to care for non-admitted patients. Demand for specialist clinics is increasing due to factors including an ageing population and changing clinical practice that focuses on managing people as outpatients where appropriate.