Diabetes and Endocrinology

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) 8572 3051

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.

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.

The Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes 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

The Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (DPED) provides outpatient diagnosis, assessment and ongoing management for newly diagnosed patients and patients with existing diabetes without having to admit them to hospital. Our diabetes team is made up of Paediatric endocrinologists, registrar and resident doctors, diabetes educators, dietitians, social workers and a clinical psychologist to provide the best care for our patients. DPED 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.

Information for patients and families

The following information has been provided by the DPED team to assist you with your learning and support whilst managing your diabetes at home.

2022 Early childhood – School management plans

2022 Primary and secondary school – School management plans

2021 Early childhood – School management plans

2021 Primary and secondary school – School management plans

Diabetes and camps

Clinics

Head of unit:  Dr Phil Bergman

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

Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Phone: (03) 8572 3051
Fax: (03) 8572 3048

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) 8572 3051
Fax: (03) 8572 3048

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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