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Referrals in the Australian context

Referrals are communications with the intention of initiating a transfer of responsibility for some aspects of a consumer’s ongoing management from one provider to another across a range of healthcare and human services fields.

Shared Health Summary

The aim of a shared health summary is to provide key pieces of information about an individual’s health status, facilitating care across their entire healthcare domain.

Shared health summary in the Australian context

Discharge Summary

A discharge summary is defined as "A collection of information about events during care by a provider or organisation." [AS4700.6(Int)2007].  It comprises a document produced during a patient's stay in hospital.

Discharge summaries in the Australian context