Rheumatology

Who we are

The Rheumatology team at PCH treats children and young people up to the age of 16 for a range of musculoskeletal and autoimmune problems. We may be involved in the care of your child as an outpatient or if they have been admitted to any inpatient ward at PCH, either by consultation or admission.

Our team comprises:

  • consultant paediatric rheumatologists, rheumatology registrar/fellow and resident
  • a rheumatology liaison nurse
  • an occupational therapist
  • a physiotherapist
  • a psychologist
  • a school liaison teacher.

Conditions we manage

The main conditions cared for by the Rheumatology team are:

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM)
  • Vasculitis
  • Hypermobility
  • Connective tissue/genetic bone disorders
  • Scleroderma
  • Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO)

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Any chronic arthritis condition that occurs in children is called JIA. Juvenile means the condition started before 16 years of age, idiopathic means the cause of the condition is not fully known yet and arthritis simply means inflammation of one or more joints.

Many different terms were used in the past to describe arthritis in children, such as Juvenile Arthritis, Juvenile Chronic Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Still’s Disease. They are now all called Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, and there are five main types we see:

  • systemic onset
  • oligoarthritis or pauci-articular
  • polyarticular
  • enthesitis related arthritis
  • psoriatic arthritis.

JIA is an autoimmune disorder but the reason it starts and persists is not fully understood. Research suggests that for some types of JIA, genetics may be involved, but very rarely does more than one family member get JIA.

Services we provide

  • Outpatient clinics for assessment of children to help diagnose or exclude rheumatic and musculo-skeletal disorders, and to provide long term follow up for children with chronic disease.
  • Inpatient care for admitted children with rheumatic conditions and consultation with other teams.
  • Access to important clinical trials for new drug therapies for severe and rare disorders in children.
  • Physical therapy (PT/OT) and psychology follow up for acute severe disorders with such care transitioned to community providers when appropriate.

Referrals

All Specialist Rooms, GP’s and WACHS referrers are being advised to direct all non-urgent referrals for PCH outpatient services to the Central Referral Service. 

Phone

1300 551 142 

Fax 

1300 365 056 

Online

https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Central-Referral-Service-guide-for-referrers 

  • New referrals will be assessed against the eligibility guidelines and prioritised according to medical need.
  • Referrals from Nurse Practitioners, other non-medical referrers and private hospitals (including those with a private-public partnership) are to be directed to PCH Referral Office.
  • All urgent referrals are to be sent to the PCH Referral Office.
  • Urgent referrals must always be discussed with the PCH Consultant / Registrar on call before the referral is sent.
  • The referral needs to include the name of the Consultant/ Registrar the referrer spoke to.
  • Each referral is to be faxed individually.

PCH switchboard

6456 2222

PCH Referral Office fax

6456 0097

PCH Referral Office email

pch.referrals@health.wa.gov.au

Location

Outpatients: Clinic C, Ground Level 

View the PCH map for more information.

Contact us 

Phone: 6456 2222 (PCH switchboard)

Fax: 6456 2007

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