Endocrine services

The specialty of endocrinology includes care of the following conditions:

  • Diabetes mellitus type 1 and type 2

  • Diabetes and pregnancy

  • Paediatric and adolescent diabetes

  • Thyroid disease

  • Pituitary disorders

  • Bone and calcium disorders including osteoporosis

  • Adrenal disease

  • Menopause

  • Sex hormone disorders

  • Lipid disorders

  • Other uncommon hormonal and genetic disorders

Diabetes education

The Diabetes Education Centre is situated within the Department of Endocrinology on Level 2 of the tower block (building 1). The Diabetes Education Centre is open 8.30am - 5pm, Monday to Friday (public holidays excepted).

A multidisciplinary team from the ACT diabetes Services, ACT Health, staffs the diabetes education centre. The team consists of diabetes educators, a dietitian and a podiatrist who are all experienced in the care and treatment of people with diabetes. Appointments for consultations with other allied health professionals such as Social Work or Psychology can also be arranged.

The diabetes education centre offers a comprehensive and specialised diabetes service. Your Diabetes Specialist, General Practitioner or health care professional can refer you to us and they will be kept informed about your progress. You can also make your own appointment.

For appointments phone (02) 6244 3794.

Outpatient clinics

Medical outpatient clinics for people with endocrine disorders are held in the outpatient department on level 2 at The Canberra Hospital. For appointments phone 02 6244 2415. A referral from your general practitioner is necessary.

Inpatient services

The Department manages inpatients in Canberra Hospital and provides a consultation service for patients in Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital. A 24-hour on-call medical and education service is provided.

Endocrine testing

Dynamic endocrine testing and oral glucose tolerance testing for pregnant and postnatal women is performed in the Endocrinology Department. Specialised procedures performed in the Department include Testosterone implant insertion and infusions for Pagets disease and other bone disorders. A wide range of other endocrine dynamic tests is also available including synacthen tests, insulin tolerance tests and water deprivation tests. Some complex tests are performed as an inpatient and these can be arranged by contacting an Endocrinologist or the Endocrine Registered Nurse.

For appointments phone (02) 6244 3794.

Endocrinology education / patient support groups

A number of patient support groups for people with endocrine disorders are active in Canberra, including Addisons disease, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, osteoporosis, pituitary disorders and Turner syndrome. Links to these organisations can be accessed below. Information and contact numbers are available through the department.

For appointments for education phone (02) 6244 3794.

Insulin pumps

The department has an active insulin pump program for adults and children. A dedicated diabetes educator deals with all aspects of pump management.

Appointments for adults:    (02) 6244 3794

Appointments for children: (02) 6244 3256