Endocrinology and Diabetes

Who we are

The PCH Endocrinology and Diabetes Department provides Statewide inpatient and outpatient services for children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and other endocrine (hormone) disorders, including complicated obesity. 

Conditions we manage

  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus 
  • Monogenic and other forms of diabetes affecting the young
  • Growth disorders
  • Obesity and weight management
  • Bone health and calcium metabolism
  • Pubertal and sexual development issues
  • Thyroid, adrenal and pituitary disorders
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Hormonal effects of other medical conditions.

Services we provide

Our team comprises specialist doctors and nurses, social workers, dietitians, psychologists, physiotherapists and school liaison teachers. The Department is made up of three services: 

Diabetes Service

Our family-focused services include:
  • Inpatient care and assessment 
  • Intensive inpatient and outpatient family education, support and medical care in the early months following diagnosis 
  • A statewide diabetes service that includes full team visits to three metropolitan sites and seven regional centres
  • Ongoing medical care, guidance and education on diabetes management 
  • A 24-hour on-call and emergency advice service for families and patients
  • Clinic visits at least four times a year to closely monitor your child’s condition
  • An in-depth review every year, including health screening and education updates 
  • Psychological and social support as required
  • Liaison with other health and education professionals involved in your child’s care
  • A planned transition to an adult diabetes service at around 18 years of age
  • A community/customer reference group to provide input into services.

Endocrinology Service

Our multidisciplinary services for acute and chronic endocrine (hormone-related) conditions provide specific and individualised medical care, guidance and education. 

If your child’s hormone issue is a primary (standalone) condition, our team will lead their assessment and management at PCH. We also work with other clinical teams in the hospital and community when hormone issues arise secondary to another disorder or treatment. 

Adult endocrinologists are also part of our team to help provide an optimal transition to these services for patients around 18 years of age.

Healthy Weight Service

Our experienced, specialist team offers a range of family-based lifestyle change programs that promote a long-term healthy lifestyle. We provide evidence based education and advice that is safe and effective to assist young people to manage their weight in a healthy way.  

Our team value working together with parents/carers and young people to set realistic, achievable lifestyle change goals. Through the Healthy Weight Service, families and young people have access to medical, dietetic, physiotherapy and mental health advice in the one setting. 

Our interactive and educational programs involve regular appointments and support at PCH and are generally offered for a period of 6 to 12 months. We offer a range of group sessions, which include age-appropriate activities for children and young people while parents/carers meet with Healthy Weight Service staff and other families:

  • Busy Bodies Group (2 to 6 years): a child-friendly environment where children can play  whilst the team offer parents/carers advice and practical education to support a healthy lifestyle
  • Bodysmart Detectives (7 to 12 years): children learn about healthy eating and exercise through games and fun activities, whilst parents/carers work with the team in a separate small group
  • Bodysmart Group (12 to 16 years): teenagers and their families receive practical, evidence-based advice on adopting and maintaining a healthy diet and physical activity, including exercise in the PCH gym and pool under the guidance of a physiotherapist.
More individualised programs of care are offered to families if needed.

Referrals

As well as referrals via the PCH Central Referral Service, we accept urgent referrals, including new onset diabetes, by direct referral. 

Please note that referral to the Healthy Weight Service can only be made by a doctor. An inclusion criteria applies and your doctor will be able to assess if your child is eligible to receive care through the Healthy Weight Service.

Emergency

If your child is experiencing a diabetic or other emergency, either:

  • telephone 000 for an ambulance;
  • attend the Emergency Department at PCH or your nearest hospital; or 
  • telephone PCH on 6456 2222 and ask for the on-call endocrinologist. 

Hours

Inpatient: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Outpatient: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Healthy Weight Service: Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon.

Location

Endocrinology and Diabetes inpatient services:

  • Paediatric – Ward 2B
  • Adolescent  – Ward 4A 

Endocrinology and Diabetes Outpatient Clinics:

  • General outpatients – Clinic D, Level 1
  • Adolescent Diabetes – Clinic G, Level 1
  • Healthy Weight Service – Clinic D, Level 1 and Clinic L, Level 4
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