Endocrinology and Diabetes

The Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes provides a range of services and clinics for children up to 18 years of age with diabetes, endocrine (hormone) and growth disorders.

Phone: (03) 9594 4342
Fax: (03) 9594 6067
DIABETES EMERGENCIES:
For newly diagnosed diabetes medical emergencies please contact the on call endocrinology registrar through Monash Health switch on (03) 9594 6666. Referrals for all new cases of paediatric and adolescent diabetes should be directed straight to the paediatric endocrinologist via Monash Children’s Switchboard for discussion, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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About us

The Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes provides a range of services and clinics for children up to 18 years of age with diabetes, endocrine (hormone) and growth disorders.

One-third of children newly diagnosed with diabetes in Victoria every year are managed at Monash Children’s Hospital. They are diagnosed, assessed and ongoing management is provided including assistance and education for patients to help them manage their diabetes at home.

We also manage children with disorders of sexual development and puberty and are part of a state-wide service for children with disorders of sexual differentiation.

At Monash Children’s Hospital we strive to co-ordinate care of children and families with complex disorders and conditions.

We provide a tertiary referral inpatient service and outpatient clinics and services including one of two paediatric growth clinics in Victoria. We also provide outreach services in Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula.

Emergency inpatient care includes paediatric intensive care unit admissions and inpatient consultations for other units for endocrinology and diabetes patients aged under 19 years. The department also provides neonatal endocrine intensive care unit ward consultations.

Our outpatient services provide continual care and follow-up including after in-patient care for unstable diabetes or emergency situations. We provide a continuum of care as children and adolescents with diabetes are transferred to Monash Health diabetes services once they reach adulthood.

Our unique Diabetes Ambulatory Care Service (DACS) is one of few ambulatory care services for paediatric diabetes patients in Australia. This specialist service provides outpatient diagnosis, assessment and ongoing management including phone and direct access for newly diagnosed patients with diabetes and those with existing diabetes without having to admit them to hospital.

We work closely with many other departments at Monash Children’s Hospital and Monash Health to co-manage complex multifactorial diseases.

Diabetes emergencies

For newly diagnosed diabetes medical emergencies please contact the on call endocrinology registrar through Monash Health switch on (03) 9594 6666. Referrals for all new cases of paediatric and adolescent diabetes should be directed straight to the paediatric endocrinologist via Monash Children’s Switchboard for discussion, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Expertise and services

Department head, paediatric endocrinologist and adolescent physician Dr Phil Bergman, also has expertise in eating disorders in diabetes.

Paediatric endocrinologists are assisted by diabetes educators, dietitians, social workers and a clinical psychologist to provide the best care for patients.

We also offer multidisciplinary support and education groups for patients and families.

Our Diabetes Clinic offers multidisciplinary routine review for children up to 15 years with insulin dependent diabetes.

Our YADS (Young Adult Diabetes Service) helps youths aged 15 to 25 transition to adult services including gestational diabetes and assisted fertility services.

Our unique Diabetes Ambulatory Care Service (DACS) provides outpatient diagnosis, assessment and ongoing management for newly diagnosed patients and patients with existing diabetes without having to admit them to hospital. DACS offers stabilisation programs for newly diagnosed and existing patients with sub-optimal control, continuous blood glucose monitoring and insulin pump therapy initiation and review.

Another unique service is a state-wide service for children with disorders of sexual differentiation. We work closely with our colleagues in urology and surgery to help provide the best possible outcomes for these children.

Our Metabolic Bone Clinic manages patients with bone disorders, metabolic bone disease and calcium metabolism disorders plus all children in Victoria with thalassemia. Our Paediatric Endocrinology and Nutrition Clinic manages obese children and adolescents and those with vitamin D deficiency rickets.

Our Paediatric Endocrine Clinic sees children with growth disorders, short stature, calcium disorders, precocious (early) puberty, delayed puberty, Turner’s syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, hypothyroidism, hypoglycaemia, tall stature, adrenal and pituitary disorders and endocrine effects or complications of haemato-oncology and its treatment.

More information
Fore more information on the Endocrinology and Diabetes service at Monash Children’s Hospital click here.

Information for patients and families

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Clinics

Head of unit:  Dr Phil Bergman

Click here for detailed information.

Diabetes Clinic
Phone: (03) 8572 3004
Fax: (03) 8572 3007

Diabetes Ambulatory Care Service (DACS)
Phone: (03) 9594 4342
Fax: (03) 9594 6067

Young Adult Diabetes Service (YADS) Clayton
Please note this is a service offered at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton for young adults aged 15-25 years old.
Phone: (03) 9594 4342
Fax: (03) 9594 6067

Paediatric Endocrine Clinic
Phone: (03) 8572 3004
Fax: (03) 8572 3007

Paediatric Endocrinology and Nutrition Clinic
Phone: (03) 8572 3004

Metabolic Bone Clinic (includes thalassemia patients)
Phone: (03) 8572 3004

Sexual Differentiation Clinic
Phone: (03) 8572 3004

Referrals

Refer to each clinic listed above for its referral details.

Referral guidelines
View the referral guidelines for the Paediatric Endocrine Clinic here.

Exclusion criteria
View exclusion criteria here.

DIABETES EMERGENCIES:

For newly diagnosed diabetes medical emergencies please contact the on call endocrinology registrar through Monash Health switch on (03) 9594 6666. Referrals for all new cases of paediatric and adolescent diabetes should be directed straight to the paediatric endocrinologist via Monash Children’s Switchboard for discussion, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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