Department of Health

Planned surgery is central to Victoria's healthcare system. It provides essential care that improves the quality of life for tens of thousands of Victorians each year. These documents complement the Planned surgery reform blueprint providing operational guidance to public health services on the delivery of planned surgery and procedures.

Planned surgery access policy 2024

The Planned surgery access policy 2024 sets out the department’s expectations for access to planned surgery and procedures in Victorian public health services. This policy replaces the 2015 Elective surgery access policy. The target audience is Victorian public health services, particularly the executive and management teams of these services.

The policy prioritises timely and equitable access to planned surgery and procedures for all Victorians regardless of where they live. The policy also aligns with and supports the recommendations of the Review of access to planned surgery in public hospitals (below) and the Best care: Guidance for non-urgent elective surgeryExternal Link .

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Background documents

National elective surgery urgency categorisation guideline - April 2015

Referring clinicians should consult the National elective surgery urgency categorisation guideline for guidance about procedures not listed in the Victorian recommended guide on the assignment of clinical urgency categories.

Planned surgery communication toolkit

A series of written communication templates have been developed to promote consistent, respectful and clear communication with patients about being on a planned surgery preparation list for their planned surgery.

Reviewed 26 May 2024

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