The Diabetes and Endocrinology service delivers world-leading clinical care, medical expertise and undertakes outstanding clinical research.
The service cares for inpatients and outpatients with a broad range of endocrine conditions, including diabetes, osteoporosis, thyroid and pituitary disease.
We deliver expert diabetes clinical care and education to inpatients and outpatients of the hospital. Ambulatory insulin stabilisation, insulin pump, continuous glucose monitoring and bolus advisor meter services are also available to our patients.
Our major clinical initiatives have been a review of the care of patients with diabetes and foot complications, and of the perioperative care of patients undergoing pituitary surgery. Following the development of a new protocol for managing patients with diabetes and foot complications in 2004, the department established the Diabetes Foot Unit (DFU) led by A/Prof Paul Wraight. This forms part of the broader HARP Diabetes Foot Service.
This service received a Department of Human Services Award for continuity of care.
We see research as a core element of our Diabetes Services. The current research projects encompass the whole spectrum of diabetes from prevention and prediction of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, new treatment strategies for glucose management and prevention of complications.
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.
Bariatric surgery is not currently available at RMH.
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.