1335 - Point of Care Tests to exclude preterm labour: Phosphorylated Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein test

Page last updated: 11 July 2016

Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

The phIGFBP-1 test can be used to assist physicians to quickly distinguish between:
- false labour (where there may be contractions and other signs of labour but the woman does not give birth in the next seven days); and
- true labour (where the woman does give birth in the next seven days).

Identification of false labour can reduce the unnecessary use of therapies such as tocolytics and corticosteroids, both of which have potential side effects, as well as reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.

Description of Medical Condition

The proposed medical service applies to patients presenting with symptoms of pre-term labour.

The majority of these women will go onto deliver at term but a significant number are at risk of delivering pre-term which is associated with serious health-risks to the infant.

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

Final Protocol (PDF 1176 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 238 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 297 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 309 KB)

Meetings for this Application


15 August 2013


8 to 10 October 2014


26 to 28 November 2014