The General Paediatric Department is a core department within the Monash Children’s Hospital. We look after children from the newborn period to 18 years of age with acute and chronic medical problems as inpatients and outpatients.
Phone: (03) 9554 1000
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Phone: (03) 9554 8326
Dandenong Hospital has a dedicated Monash Children’s Hospital Ward and Level 2 Special Care Nursery staffed by doctors in training and experienced nursing staff.
There are four consultant paediatricians caring for babies and children admitted to these wards. Most patients are admitted from the emergency department or birth unit at Dandenong but others are referred from other hospitals.
If any patients require ongoing follow up, they will be referred either to one of the consultant paediatricians at the general paediatric outpatients clinic in Dandenong Hospital, or to their usual paediatrician’s private consulting rooms.
Other paediatric outpatients seen at Dandenong are those in the refugee health clinic, the orthopaedics clinic or the plastic surgery clinic.
There is also a Special Care Nursery located on the same floor as the Children’s ward and Maternity/birthing areas.
Secure eReferral by HealthLink is now our preferred method of referral.
Find up-to-date information about how to send a referral to Monash Health Specialist Consulting Clinics on the eReferrals page on our website.
Phone: (03) 8572 3004
For referral guidelines see Monash Children’s General Paediatrics Referral Guidelines.
Head of Unit: Dr Catherine McAdam
Dr Melanie Pillay, Head of Paediatrics at Dandenong Hospital
Dr Melanie Pillay has more than 20 years of experience across the full spectrum of general paediatrics, ranging from neonatal medicine, caring for unsettled babies and the extremely sick child, to adolescent health and well-being.
Her past appointments include consultant roles in general and subspecialist paediatric medicine, honorary lectureship at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine and volunteer outreach service in the Red Cross Flying doctors programme. She holds fellowship of both the College of Paediatricians of South Africa and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Before taking up her role as Unit Head of Paediatrics at Dandenong Hospital, Dr Pillay worked in regional Victoria as a general paediatric consultant. Melanie is easily approachable and is always happy to provide advice and share her experience. She is a strong advocate of early intervention medicine and clinical research.
Dr Lee Chyi Lam, General Paediatrician
Dr Lee Chyi Lam is a general paediatrician at Dandenong Hospital. She trained in Melbourne and completed her paediatric training in 2008, following which she joined Monash Children’s Hospital as a paediatric consultant.
Lee Chyi has strong interest in preventative medicine having graduated with a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne in 2011. She is passionate about the education of junior medical staff and co-ordinates the teaching program for paediatric junior staff at Dandenong Hospital.
She firmly believes that an important role of paediatric doctors is to empower parents and carers to provide maximal care to their children.
Dr Peter Forrest, Consultant Paediatrician
Dr Peter Forrest is a consultant paediatrician at Dandenong Hospital. Peter trained as a general paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, the Manchester Hospital, UK and the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Sydney.
He has strong interest in neonates having spent several years in paediatric cardiology during training.
His current practice is a mix of both acute inpatient paediatrics and referral-based private practice including Behavioural and Developmental Paediatrics.
Dr Yu Hong (Helen) Wu, General Paediatrician
Dr Yu Hong Wu, also known as Helen is a general paediatrician. She has been a consultant at Dandenong Hospital since August 2010 and is dedicated to striving for excellence.
She has developed skills and a special interest in indigenous health after working in Central Australia for nine months, and has been providing an outreach paediatric clinic fortnightly at Bunurong Health Services in Dandenong for five years.
She is also interested in public health and hopes to carry out some research work in the area once she finishes her Master of Epidemiology at Melbourne University in the near future.