Endocrine Department

How we can help you

We provide specialist medical service for people with endocrine problems. These include:

  • Osteoporosis and metabolic bone disorders
  • Parathyroid & calcium disorders
  • Hypertension due to adrenal disorders
  • Disorders of the ovary (such as polycystic ovarian syndrome) and some disorders of the testes
  • Thyroid disorders (eg goitre, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroiditis, thyroid cancer)
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Tumours of an endocrine gland.

The endocrine system is made up of glands throughout the body including the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries and testes. Endocrine glands make hormones (chemical messages) allowing communication between various parts of the body.  Endocrinology is the study of how these organs work and any resulting problems.  

Endocrine problems can occur when there is too much or too little hormone secretion causing an imbalance.

Our team includes specialist endocrinologists and doctors in training who assess, treat and help you to manage your endocrine condition.

We work closely with endocrine surgeons, nuclear physicians and pituitary surgeons.

This main role of this service is to measure your bone density to check if you have osteoporosis. We support people who have osteoporosis or are at a risk of developing a bone problem.

There are a number of different ways that osteoporosis is diagnosed. The main method of measuring bone mineral density (the amount of mineral and tissues in a certain volume of bone) is using DEXA analysis, a highly filtered and modified X-ray technique where a small amount of radiation is passed through the body. The amount that is absorbed by the body is proportional to the amount of fat, muscle, soft tissue and bone that is in the path of the two beams (hence the term Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry or DEXA). The absorption from fat and other soft tissues is then subtracted to determine the proportion of bone mineral you have.

Other radiological techniques include Quantitative Computerised Axial Tomography (QCT) scanning and vertebral morphometry using a plain lateral spine X-ray of the thoracolumbar region.

For more information on osteoporosis visit www.osteoporosis.org.au

For further information and bookings please call 9382 6617 or fax 9382 6210.

Endocrine dynamic function testing involves collecting two or more blood samples to determine if there are any problems with the function of an endocrine gland. The Endocrine dynamic function team includes an endocrine nurse and endocrine medical registrars.

To make an appointment for your test please telephone the Endocrine Nurse on 938 24680, or Administrative Assistant on 9382 4602.  They will give you all the information you need to prepare for your test.

We provide specialised endocrine clinics for the following conditions:

  • Thyroid disease including goitre, thyroid nodules, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer
  • Pituitary and hypothalamic disease including pituitary adenomas and cysts, Cushing's disease, acromegaly, prolactinoma, hypopituitarism, hypophysitis.
  • Osteoporosis and metabolic disease including hypercalcaemia, hypocalcaemia, Paget's disease, osteomalacia, osteodystrophy.
  • Adrenal disease including adrenal related hypertension, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, adrenal adenomas
  • Gonadal diseases including Polycystic ovarian syndrome, testosterone deficiency
  • Hereditary endocrine cancer syndromes including VHL, MEN I, MEN II 
  • Adult Genetic Metabolic Disorders

These clinics are held on Mondays and Thursdays in our outpatients department.

We also provide specialised diabetes clinics. For information on these please see our Diabetes Centre page.

    Your local general practitioner (GP) or your specialist will decide if you need to use our services. If you need to make an appointment please ask your GP to fax us your referral letter with any blood test results. 

    Once a week, referrals are reviewed and then allocated an appointment date, usually within 2-3 weeks. 

    We will then send you letter in the mail with your appointment details or, if your need is urgent, we will contact you by phone.

    If you provide your mobile phone number you will receive a SMS reminder 5 days before your appointment.  Please let the Endocrine Department know if you do not want to receive a SMS reminder.

    If you need to change or cancel your appointment please telephone the appropriate phone numbers below during business hours

    Specialised endocrine clinics on Tel: 9382 4602, Fax: 9382 4688

    Specialised diabetes clinics on Tel: 9382 4600, Fax: 9382 4612

    Please bring

    • Recent blood test results. If you do not have a copy of your results, please bring the name of the pathology company that performed the test so we can follow up with them.
    • Any scans and reports related to your hormone condition.
    • A list of all the medicines you are currently taking including any herbal or over the counter medicines.  

    Please let us know if you need an interpreter. You can contact us telephoning the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. Tell the operator what language you speak and then ask the interpreter to set up a telephone conversation between you, an interpreter, and the healthcare professional you want to speak with.