Experienced physiotherapists as gatekeepers to hospital orthopaedic outpatient care

Caroline A Brand, Richard H Osborne, Ian P Wicks and Richard N de Steiger
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01637.x
Published online: 3 March 2008

To the Editor: We read with interest the recent article by Oldmeadow and colleagues.1 Patients on waiting lists have long waits and poor quality of life,2 and we are currently piloting a similar model for assessment of patients referred for orthopaedic opinion for hip and knee arthroplasty.3

  • Caroline A Brand1
  • Richard H Osborne2
  • Ian P Wicks3,4
  • Richard N de Steiger1

  • 1 Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 AFV Centre for Rheumatic Diseases, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Melbourne Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 4 Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, VIC.



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