I’d ring them back. Maybe though that’s their wait time for their most urgent cases? You could ask them how they categorise their referrals. Give them your details, and if it is truely 9 weeks then get your referral sent elsewhere. The health system is full of obstacles, both public and private! Given your history, it would be wise to act fast.
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Hi mumto4, This must be a very difficult time for you, having a potential diagnosis looming and also trying to navigate our difficult health system. The way public health works with referrals is through a triage process or "categorisation". When the relevent department receives your GPs referral, a doctor will categorise it in terms of its urgency. Many potential cancer related referrals are categorised highly and are seen quicker, however it does depend on a few factors including your complaint and how well your GP has written the referral (ie the key information they have provided). It can't hurt asking your GP to put in a public referral as well and seeing how they categorise it. I know in Qld, if it is categorised as a 1, you will be seen in 30 days. Hope this helps, and all the best on your journey.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.