The Metabolic Diseases Unit is the Victorian and Tasmanian adult service for the provision of diagnostic and therapeutic care of genetic metabolic disorders.

Metabolic Diseases Unit provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients with:

  • Phenylketonuria
  • Urea Cycle Disorders
  • Organic Acidurias
  • Tyrosinaemias
  • Maple Syrup Urine Disease
  • Disorders of carbohydrate metabolism
  • Pompe Disease
  • Homocystinuria
  • Disorders of fat metabolism
  • Carnitine uptake disorders
  • Mitochondrial disease
  • Lysosomal Storage disorders- MPS
  • Other recognised genetic metabolic disorders

The video below shows how the Metabolic Diseases Unit cares for pregnant mothers who have the metabolic condition PKU:

How to access this service

You need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.


Metabolic Diseases Unit City Campus Outpatients Clinic, Level 1 West MON, TUE

What to bring

Every time you come to hospital

Every time you come to hospital for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:

  • Medicare card
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
For a clinic appointment

If you come for a clinic appointment, you should also bring:

  • Details of medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
  • Your appointment letter
  • Medications and formula you are currently taking (including any that you have bought without a prescription)

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.