Endocrinology and Diabetes

The Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Queensland Children’s Hospital provides quaternary-level services for the diagnosis, investigation and management of children and adolescents with endocrine disorders including:

  • Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1D) from acute management of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) to ongoing specialised care in a multidisciplinary team
  • An “Early Diabetes” service aimed at identifying siblings of children with T1D at risk of developing T1D to facilitate early diagnosis and initiation of therapy
  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2D) including the initiation of newer therapies. This service is provided in partnership with community-based services.
  • Monogenic forms of diabetes including monogenic diabetes of youth (MODY) and neonatal diabetes
  • Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) with management provided within a multidisciplinary service
  • Growth problems including short stature, skeletal dysplasia, and overgrowth syndromes
  • Disorders of puberty including precocious and delayed puberty
  • Pituitary disorders including genetic and acquired forms of isolated and multiple pituitary hormone deficiencies
  • Differences of sex development (DSD) including the involvement of inter-professional meetings
  • A diagnostic clinic for disorders of growth and skeletal fragility service with an integrated bisphosphonate service
  • Adrenal and thyroid disorders with clinical links to the newborn screening unit which undertakes screening for congenital adrenal hyperplasia and congenital hypothyroidism
  • Hyperinsulinism including congenital forms. This includes specialised diagnostic imaging, and evidence-based medical and surgical management
  • Endocrine tumours as well as specialised endocrine late effects of cancer clinics
  • Multidisciplinary Turner syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome clinics

Please note that the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes does not offer a paediatric or adolescent obesity service.

Who can access this service?

New patients

Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday.

Existing patients with complex care needs

Referrals are accepted up 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:

  • paediatricians
  • general practitioners.

Other referral information

Please bring copies of any previous growth measurements, investigations and imaging (if available) to your appointment.

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

Information for health professionals

From 1 May 2019 referral criteria 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.

Referral instructions

Parents and general practitioners should liaise with their local paediatric team before being referred to the Queensland Children’s Hospital Endocrinology & Diabetes Department for a second opinion or ongoing management.

Urgent referrals
For urgent referrals the diabetes senior medical officer on-call should be contacted via the hospital switchboard if the referral requires escalation.

Routine referrals should not be made for children with suspected or confirmed diabetes mellitus seen in general practice. These cases should be discussed directly with the on-call consultant or fellow to ensure an expedited review.
t: 07 3068 1111

Emergency referrals
Children with rare endocrine emergencies who require retrieval to intensive care should be discussed with the Queensland Paediatric Retrievals Team via the hospital switchboard.
t: 07 3068 1111

Non-urgent referral enquiries
e: QCH-ENDO@health.qld.gov.au

Useful links

Diabetes Queensland
National Diabetes Services Scheme

Our team

Director

A/Professor Tony Huynh MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA
Interest in all aspects of paediatric endocrinology and diabetes. Medical lead for the insulin pump clinic and newborn screening program for congenital hypothyroidism and congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

Staff Specialists

Professor Jennifer Batch MBBS (Hons), MD, FRACP
Interests in growth disorders, pubertal problems in males and females, pituitary and adrenal disease, Endocrine issues After Cancer Therapy, differences of sex development.

Dr Andrew Cotterill MBBS, MRCP (UK), MD, FRACP
Interests in prediabetes and new onset T1D, growth hormone treatment outcomes, puberty problems, optimising insulin replacement using pumps, optimising cortisol replacement using pumps.

A/Professor Louise Conwell MBBS (Hons), PGCert MEd (Dundee) PhD, FRACP
Interests in hypoglycaemia, congenital hyperinsulinism and other beta-cell disorders, acute and long-term endocrine care or patients with childhood cancer, disorders of sex development, and medical education.

Dr Mark Harris BSc, B Med Sc, MBBS, MD, FRACP
Research Lead. Interest and expertise in risk factors for T1D and protection of Beta Cells.

Dr Sarah McMahon MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP
Interests in all aspects of endocrinology and diabetes from birth to 18 years including Turner Syndrome, Prader Willi Syndrome and cystic fibrosis related diabetes.

Dr Diane Jensen BSc, MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Interests include management of diabetes, paediatric bone disease and growth disorders including pituitary disorders, puberty concerns and differences of sex development.

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

Contact the Endocrinology Department via the hospital switchboard.
t: 07 3068 1111
e: QCH-ENDO@health.qld.gov.au

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8am–4.30pm.

Related services

Gender Clinic and Statewide Service

Resources

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) fact sheet
Diabetic retinopathy fact sheet
Type 1 Diabetes fact sheet
Type 2 Diabetes fact sheet
View all endocrinology and Diabetes fact sheets