Queensland Liver Transplant Service
The Queensland Liver Transplant Service provides diagnostic and therapeutic care and management for infants, children and adolescents with liver disease including liver transplantation. Our services include:
- paediatric and adolescent hepatology including liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery
- management of children with complex nutritional needs
- diagnostic services including gastrointestinal endoscopy, wireless capsule endoscopy and therapeutic endoscopy
- telehealth consultations and shared care models for regional centres.
Referrals for liver transplantation patients aged less than 16 years and are usually performed in Queensland’s paediatric specialist facility, Queensland Children’s Hospital.
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplant Clinic
Level 3 (3b), Queensland Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane 4101
Tuesday | 1pm – 5pm
Who can access this service?
Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday. All scheduled immunisations must be up-to-date wherever possible.
This service is available to children living in all Queensland hospital catchments, including northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Formal referrals for liver transplantation are accepted from all states and territories.
Do I need a referral?
You will need a formal referral to access this service.
How do I get a referral?
Patients must be referred by a consultant paediatrician or paediatric specialist to access our service. Ideally this should be addressed to the director of the department by name.
Referrals from general practitioners will only be accepted in exceptional cases.
Please note: Referrals may be re-directed to a more clinically appropriate practitioner. In many instances, prior assessment by a general paediatrician is preferred.
Other referral information
Please bring any private pathology and/or private radiology assessment results with you to your appointment as these may be required for use as a baseline or comparison.
Information for health professionals
The Queensland Liver Transplant Service provides diagnostic and therapeutic care and management for infants, children and adolescents with liver disease including liver transplantation and related hepatobiliary medicine and surgery. Our services include:
- Paediatric and adolescent hepatology including liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery including intra, and extra hepatic shunts e.g. portosystemic shunts.
- Assessment and Management of unconjugated hyperbilirubinaemia.
- Prolonged infant jaundice beyond 2 weeks of life.
- Certain complex metabolic diseases (referred for shared care by specialist metabolic teams).
- Complex hepatology including rare diseases of the liver and,
- Hereditary and metabolic diseases – Wilsons, haemochromatosis, glycogen storage diseases, alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, Bile salt transport disorders, Primary Hyperoxalosis, Maple Syrup Urine Disease, Citrullinaemia, Niemann pick
- Hepatitis (autoimmune disease, viral hepatitis)
- PSC/Autoimmune disease
- Congenital Genetic Extra hepatic biliary atresia, Intra hepatic biliary atresia, Alagilles, Budd-Chiari Syndrome, Caroli’s disease, Crigler-Najjar syndrome, Tuberous sclerosis
- Cryptogenic cirrhosis.
- Management of children with related complex nutritional needs.
- Diagnostic services including gastrointestinal endoscopy, wireless capsule endoscopy and therapeutic endoscopy.
- Telehealth consultations and shared care models for regional centres.
- Internal referral arrangements with other specialist teams e.g. metabolic medicine, oncology, renal medicine and cardiology.
The Queensland Children’s Hospital is a designated national paediatric liver transplant centre managing patients from Queensland, the Northern Territory and Northern New South Wales. Referrals from specialists in other Australian and New Zealand centres may be accepted.
Liver transplantation referrals for patients aged less than 16 years are usually performed in Queensland’s paediatric specialist facility, Queensland Children’s Hospital.
This centre has specialist hepatology and liver transplantation clinics. Telehealth and shared care models with local medical practitioners are also utilised.
A suitable referral template can be found on our referral forms page.
Recent pathology and radiology may be required. Discuss with the gastroenterologist on service.
Please direct urgent referrals direct to the on-call gastroenterologist/hepatologist via the hospital switchboard.
t: 07 3068 1111
Liver Kids Australia
Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ)
Dr Fariha Balouch FRACP, MBBS
Senior Medical Officers
Dr Frances Connor FRACP, MBBS
Dr Looi Ee FRACP, MBBS
Dr Peter Lewindon FRACP, MBBS
Dr Robert Lopez FRACP, MBBS
Dr Geoff Withers FRACP, MBBS