The RMH Diabetes and Endocrinology service delivers world-leading clinical care, medical expertise and undertakes outstanding clinical research.

The RMH Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology service cares for inpatients and outpatients with a broad range of endocrine conditions, including diabetes, osteoporosis, pituitary disease and thyroid disease. We deliver expert diabetes clinical care and education to inpatients and outpatients of the hospital and the department has been recognised as an Australian Diabetes Society NADC accredited Diabetes Centre of Excellence.

Major clinical initiatives have occurred in the fields of Diabetes, Pituitary and Bone & Mineral Medicine. We are the first hospital in Australia to establish a networked blood glucose meter system across all inpatient areas (automatically integrated with an electronic medical record) to foster proactive inpatient diabetes care. The department established Victoria's first multidisciplinary Diabetes Foot Unit (DFU) and this forms part of the broader Diabetes HARP Service.

We deliver expert diabetes clinical care and education including ambulatory insulin stabilisation, insulin pump, continuous glucose monitoring and bolus advisor glucose meter services. The department is recognised as delivering state-of-the art perioperative care of patients undergoing pituitary surgery and also established a fracture-capture service to treat patients with bone disorders presenting to hospital with fractures.

Research is a large component of the department’s activities with a focus on the prevention, prediction and treatment of type 1, medical device technologies with insulin pumps and glucose sensors, new models of inpatient diabetes care, precision diagnostics and therapeutics for type 2 diabetes and other forms of diabetes, diabetes complications, bone & mineral disorders including osteoporosis and pituitary disorders.

Diabetes Research

We are committed to our research program in the three major endocrine pillars of diabetes, bone-mineral and pituitary disorders.

Specific current areas of interest include:

  • Type 1 diabetes
    • Prediction, prevention and immunotherapy treatment
    • Medical device technologies
  • Type 2 diabetes
    • New drug therapies and precision treatment
    • Early diagnosis and treatment
  • Diabetic foot disease
  • Diabetes in the acute hospital setting - improving the acute care and outcomes for people with diabetes admitted to hospital
  • Diabetes in the ambulatory care setting - improving rapid access and chronic for treatment of diabetes exacerbation and diabetes complications
  • Bone & Mineral Medicine disorders
  • Osteoporosis treatments
  • Clinical role of finite element modelling of bone strength
  • Online model of learning in bone health
  • Pituitary tumour characterisation and treatments

Eligibility

Bariatric surgery is not currently available at RMH.

Specialised services

HARP

The Melbourne Health Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) Diabetes Co-Management Service provides specialist treatment, care planning, education and support to help people with chronic and complex health issues to manage independently and reduce the risk of hospital admission.

Clinics

Bariatric Medicine City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South FRI Medicare logo
Bone and Mineral City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre
Diabetes City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre MON
Diabetes City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South FRI
Diabetes Nurse City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre MON
Diabetic Foot City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre THU
Endocrinology City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre WED Telehealth logo
Metabolic Diseases Unit City Campus Outpatients Clinic, Level 1 West MON, TUE Telehealth logo
Osteo (Fracture Capture Clinic) City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre MON
Thyroid Medical City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre MON, WED Medicare logoTelehealth logo
Young Persons Diabetes City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 Centre THU

Referrals

We accept GP and specialist referrals for this service.

Referrals are triaged depending on priority. Emergency cases can present to the Emergency & Trauma Service at any time.

To refer a patient, complete and send your referral to Outpatients by fax to (03) 9342 4234.

You can use the following form or a template from your own system:

Referrals should include:

  • relevant clinical history for the patient
  • the reason for referral
  • patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
  • your details and provider number
  • the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)
  • if your patient requires ongoing management, please identify the referral as being "indefinite"

Special referral instructions

Referral from an RMH Endocrinology staff member is required for the ambulatory insulin stabilisation, insulin pump, continuous glucose monitoring and bolus advisor meter services.

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