Draft for consultation only

This site contains the South Australian Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC) for most frequently referred Vascular conditions. The CPC was developed by clinicians for use by referring health practitioners, often General Practitioners, to help referrals into the South Australian public hospital system based on clinical criteria.

The following criteria should be read as a guide to both clinicians, consumers and carers; these are not intended to replace clinical decision making.

Vascular conditions

Please note this is not an exhaustive list of all conditions for outpatient services and does not exclude consideration for referral unless specifically stipulated in the Vascular exclusions section.

Vascular exclusions for public specialist outpatient services

Not all services are appropriate to be seen in the South Australian public health system. Exceptions are possible where clinically indicated. The following are not routinely provided in a public specialist outpatient service:

  • cosmetic varicose veins/spider veins (CEAP score ≤ 2)
  • patients with nonulcerative skin changes and body mass index ≥ 35 not actively engaged in weight loss management
  • patients seeking compression hosiery alone should be referred to specialist allied health lymphoedema services or private providers. 

Emergency information

See the individual condition pages for more specific emergency information.


See CPC to provide feedback or to enquire about the project. 


The Vascular CPC is due for review in May 2024.