Managing Referrals

Understand who may participate in Cancer Rehabilitation and how to involve them in your program.

Who may refer?

Referrals to an Oncology Rehabilitation Program may be made by:

  • General practitioners
  • Allied Health staff
  • Community health professionals
  • Medical specialists (oncologists, haematologists, surgeons)
  • Nursing staff
  • Patients themselves

Referrals from health professionals can be facilitated by sending a referral form to the program coordinator. However, to remove barriers to referral, simple pathways such as providing client details via a central email address or e-referral may be utilised. If a patient self-refers to the program, their eligibility may be checked with their general practitioner or medical specialist.

Following referral to the program, the patient is contacted to arrange an assessment. Contact can be via a phone call or invitation letter/email.

The invitation letter should include:

  • An explanation that the patient has been referred to the program
  • Details of the program (brochure)
  • Location/time of assessment appointment
  • Options for parking and transport