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Open GP Referral Guide

GP Referral Guide for suspected cancer


LMICS collaborating with MurrayPHN has developed a simple referral guide for Central Victorian GPs to identify which tests to order and which referrals to make for patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of cancer. Local treatment pathways are provided for the ten most common cancer types.


The Guide includes:

  • GP-led investigations required for the suspected cancer type
  • Symptoms to include in referrals
  • Identifying services located in region and which visit the region plus the most common metropolitan referral pathways for each cancer type, based on government data available to LMICS
  • Contact details for the most common public and private referral pathways for patients in Central Victoria region (including practitioners and locations)


The Guide references:


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GP Oncology Hotline

GPs can speak directly to a Medical Oncologist between the hours of 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday, if you are a GP who refers cancer patients to Bendigo Health.

If you need an opinion regarding a time critical clinical decision or urgent referral guidelines for suspected cancer please call 5454 8890.

At all other times, when seeking clinical advice, ring Bendigo Health switchboard on 5454 6000 and ask for the Oncology Registrar.

Please click here to see the GP Oncology Hotline Postcard.

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