HealthPathways Melbourne

Providing the latest information to GPs from clinical specialists

HealthPathways Melbourne is a website developed for general practice to be used to assist health professionals to better assess, manage and refer patients to secondary, tertiary and community health services.

It promotes better health outcomes for local patients by improving access to the right care, in the right place at the right time. This is achieved through a shared comprehensive knowledge of the local service system and relevant current clinical evidence.

HealthPathways Melbourne is a collection of over 700 clinical and referral pathways developed across New Zealand and Australia.

It is based on a system developed in New Zealand that has successfully reduced hospital stays and waiting times, increases care provided through primary care providers and enabled older people to live independently for longer.

HealthPathways Melbourne from Eastern Melbourne PHN on Vimeo.

Who should use HealthPathways Melbourne?

GPs, registrars and practice nurses who:

  • Want to spend less time chasing appointment times and confirming referrals to the outpatient clinics
  • Are new to the area and would like up-to-date information on how and where to refer their patients
  • Want to know what they can manage within primary care (and how to) before sending patients to the hospital
  • Need information on managing uncommon conditions
  • Need to know the referral criteria to allow hospital staff to properly triage referrals.

Access to HealthPathways Melbourne is limited to health professionals.

  • To request access and to receive the monthly HealthPathways Melbourne Bulletin, contact us at
  • To setup an automatic login for your practice, complete the request form (PDF, Word). Automatic login allows your practice to bypass the login screen.
  • For additional information please review the HealthPathways Melbourne information sheet.

How are pathways developed?

HealthPathways Melbourne provides best practice advice achieved by consulting with local GPs and hospital specialists. 

The pathway development process is a collaboration between local GPs and local hospital networks, community health service providers and other health professionals.Local hospital networks involved to date:

  • Austin Health
  • Eastern Health
  • Mercy Health
  • Northern Health
  • St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
  • The Royal Women’s Hospital
  • Western Health

How can I get involved?

There are different ways you can get involved.