The Diabetes Department provides care and treatment for children and young people with diabetes. Our services include:

  • management of diabetes for recently diagnosed patients
  • management of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) for recently diagnosed patients or those with pre-existing diabetes
  • diagnosis and investigation of rare forms of diabetes including type 2, monogenic, neonatal and other forms of diabetes
  • comprehensive, multi-disciplinary and long-term management of patients with established diabetes and cystic fibrosis related diabetes.

Who can access this service?

New patients

Referrals are accepted for patients aged from birth to a child’s 16th birthday.

Existing patients with complex care needs

Referrals are accepted for patients aged from birth to a child’s 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).

Catchment area

This service is available to children living in Queensland.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals are accepted from your general practitioner (GP).

Other referral information

All children with suspected diabetes should be seen by the Diabetes Department on the same day. Children are usually seen by a diabetes team at their local hospital or health service before being referred to the Queensland Children’s Hospital for a second opinion.

Please contact the Patient Call Centre to confirm or change appointments.
t: 1300 762 831

Parents should bring copies of the following items to their appointment:

  • previous glycosylated haemoglobin results
  • growth measurements
  • screening investigations
  • imaging (if available).

Information for health professionals

From 1 May 2019 referral criteria will apply at CHQ. This condition has minimum demographic and essential clinical referral information that is required to be included prior to submission of the referral. Visit the CPC website for the required condition. If you are unable to provide the required “essential information” please state the reason when you submit the referral.

All children with suspected diabetes should be assumed to have type 1 diabetes.

There is NO place for diagnostic testing before referral – all children MUST be seen on the day of presentation via the local Emergency Department, please do not refer through the OPD booking system.

Contact the on-call endocrinology and diabetes senior medical officer if the referral requires escalation. Children with diabetic ketoacidosis who require retrieval to intensive care should be discussed with the Queensland Paediatric Retrievals Service via the hospital switchboard.
t: 07 3068 1111

Who may benefit from this service

  • Children with a family history of diabetes.

Our team



Senior Medical Officers

A/Prof Louise Conwell MBBS (Hons), PGCert MEd (Dundee) PhD, FRACP
Dr Rachana Dahiya MBBS, BSc (Hons), FRACP, PhD
Dr Mark Harris BSc, B Med Sc, MBBS, FRACP, MD
Dr Tony Huynh MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Dr Diane Jensen BSc, MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Dr Stephanie Johnson FRACP, MBBS, BSc
Dr Sarah McMahon MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP

This service is available at

Medical (3c)
Queensland Children’s Hospital

Level 3
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

Please contact the Patient Call Centre to confirm or change appointments.
t: 1300 762 831

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8am–4pm.

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