GP Shared Care Guidelines (PDF, 3.1 MB)

GP Shared Maternity Care is a model of care in which a woman is cared for by the hospital and a community-based shared maternity care affiliate, such as a GP. Its aim is to provide high quality community-based care and is appropriate for women who have a low-risk pregnancy.

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All women booking to Eastern Health Maternity Services require a doctor’s referral via eReferral (HealthLink Smartforms) for practices with conformant software (Best Practice, Genie, Medical Director and MedTech Evolution).

Where referrers do not have conformant software (eg- Zmed and Helix), referrals can be made via the HealthLink Portal.

More information about making a referral.

Pregnancy Choices Clinic

We accept referrals for surgical termination of pregnancy under 18 weeks gestation for patients within the Eastern Health catchment.

Please provide a formal ultrasound report and blood group pathology with your referral. Healthcare professionals can submit a referral here

Pre-pregnancy Counselling

Wherever possible, it is important for chronic medical conditions and their management to be optimised pre-pregnancy, as there is evidence that this improves both maternal and fetal outcomes. It also gives women an opportunity to make informed decisions. Pre-pregnancy assessment in women who have, or are at risk of, specific medical disorders and complications, gives clinicians the opportunity to mitigate those risks more effectively.

Referrals: please fax a referral to antenatal clinic on (03) 9895 4817. Good quality information will ensure the referral is appropriately triaged for a timely review. Please include all relevant information and results. If an interpreter is required, please indicate this, as well as the language required. A letter containing a full assessment and recommended management plan will be returned to the GP following the appointment.