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Opportunity to provide feedback on draft NSW colonoscopy categorisation criteria

The total number of colonoscopies performed in NSW has increased by 50% over the last 10 years. However, there is a need for clinical consensus regarding the necessary criteria required for triaging referrals or managing colonoscopy waiting lists in NSW.

With the support of the Cancer Institute NSW, Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders, the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) is leading the review of the NSW Colonoscopy Categorisation Guidelines (2007).

The ACI is seeking feedback on the draft criteria for categorising all colonoscopy referrals to public endoscopy services. These draft criteria have been developed by expert NSW gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, general surgeons and representatives from the Ministry of Health Surgical Services System Purchasing Branch, Cancer Institute NSW and the ACI.

Consultation period

Online consultation will run for three weeks from 22 October – 17 November 2019.

All local health districts, specialty health networks, pillars, relevant professional associations and consumer advocacy groups are invited to provide feedback using an online form. Comments may be on:

  1. content of the background information/explanatory notes
  2. content of colonoscopy categorisation criteria
  3. clarity issues.

Following the consultation period, responses will be collated and reviewed by the ACI Colonoscopy Categorisation Working Group. Please note the document will go through a full editorial and design process prior to finalisation.

The guidelines will be completed by January 2020. When finalised, the published documents will be available on the ACI website for local use by NSW LHDs, SHNs and pillars.


Please direct any questions to Ingrid Klobasa, ACI Gastroenterology Network Manager on (02) 9464 4614 or

Gastroenterology Network


Ingrid Klobasa
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Gastroenterology Network Manager