Neurology

The Monash Children’s Hospital Neurology Department provides care and treatment for children with diseases of the brain, muscle and nerves. These include children with inherited neurological diseases and children with assessment for children with a variety of disabilities.

Phone: (03) 8572 3000

To support the Neurology department at
Monash Children’s Hospital:

About us

Our vision is to provide the best service using evidence-based care for our patients who are mainly from the south-eastern regions of Melbourne.

We manage children with epilepsy, seizures, neuromuscular conditions, undiagnosed developmental concerns, metabolic conditions and complicated headaches/migraines. We also provide inpatient and outpatient facilities including EEG (electroencephalogram) tests to diagnose epilepsy.

We have a strong research interest in neuroprotection, researching ways of protecting babies’ brains before and after birth, and our staff has links to national and international researchers in this field. Detailed MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans can be given which aim to enable interventions that prevent brain injury from oxygen starvation before and after birth.

Expertise and services

Complementary Services
We interact with all units in the hospital, particularly the neurological rehabilitation stream, general paediatrics and adolescent medicine, the emergency departments and the intensive care units.

Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy Service
Monash Children’s Hospital is now offering a Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy (DTE) Service, established in October 2015. This program is a joint initiative of Nutrition and Dietetics and Paediatric Neurology.

What are Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy?
DTE are specialised, medically supervised diets that can improve seizure control in some children. These well-established therapies are supported by scientific evidence and are used worldwide

What does a DTE involve?
There are different types of DTE, including the Ketogenic and Modified Diets. The Monash Children’s Hospital DTE Service provides dietary planning, implementation and monitoring supported by a specialised paediatric dietitian and clinical nurse consultant. Suitability for trial of this treatment requires consideration of many factors, including seizure type and severity and the ability to manage a complex and restrictive diet. If you have any questions regarding your child’s suitability please discuss this treatment option with their paediatric neurologist.

The number of children commencing the diet each month is limited so if you are interested please speak to your child’s paediatric neurologist and the DTE Service clinical nurse consultant or dietitian.

Contact:

DTE Service Dietitian
Jacinta Winderlich
Email: jacinta.winderlich@monashhealth.org

Nutrition and Dietetics
Phone: (03) 9594 4180

DTE further information:

Referrals

Urgent consultations or discussion can be obtained from the on-call consultant or fellow via the Monash Children’s Hospital main reception on (03) 8572 3000.

 Eligibility criteria

Specialist advice where the referrer feels that complexity cannot be managed at a primary care or paediatric level.

GP Investigations to be performed

Nil

Cost

Nil to Patients eligible for Medicare

Note: Patients ineligible for Medicare will be charged a fee for all services provided – payable on day of service

Clinic site

Monash Children’s Hospital, Clayton

Clinic times (please note, due to change)

Friday, 1.30-5pm

Head of Unit

Associate Professor Michael Fahey

External referral process

Phone: (03) 8572 3004
Fax: (03) 8572 3007
Email: scmonashchildrens@monashhealth.org

Please fax or email all referral.

Internal referral process

Phone: (03) 8572 3004
Fax: (03) 8572 3007
Email: scmonashchildrens@monashhealth.org

Please fax or email all referral.

Referrals will be received from

Doctors with an eligible provider number

NB: GPs are requested to refer onto this service using the Victorian Statewide Referral Form housed in most clinical software. For more information on VSRF visit www.gpv.org.au then click on Resources or contact your local Divisions of General Practice.

Neurology Private Clinic

Private patient referrals can be directed to

Dr Hayman, Monash Neurology, 246 Clayton Rd, Clayton (currently on sabbatical leave)
Phone: (03) 9594 2240
Fax: (03) 9594 6241

Associate Professor Fahey
Suite 12, 212 Clayton Rd, Clayton
Phone: (03) 9542 0000
Fax: (03) 9545 5355

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