| Diabetes and Endocrinology
The Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology cares for inpatients and outpatients with a broad range of endocrine conditions. Most commonly, it cares for patients with diabetes, osteoporosis, thyroid and pituitary disease.
Diabetes and Endocrinology
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Grattan Street, Parkville 3050
Telephone (61 3) 9342 7365
Facsimile (61 3) 9342 8933
Department head Prof Peter Colman
The department's major workload involves patients referred from general practitioners or other Royal Melbourne Hospital specialists. This work includes two adult diabetes clinics (the department's database includes over 4000 patients), a clinic for young people with diabetes, two endocrine clinics (one at RMH Parkville and one at RMH Royal Park) and a thyroid cancer clinic each week.
Once a month, it runs a bone and mineral clinic, and a combined diabetes and nephrology clinic. The Diabetes Education Service provides diabetes clinical care and education to inpatients and outpatients of the hospital. This is a major undertaking given that 25-30 per cent of inpatients have diabetes.
Director - Professor Peter Colman
The department's 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, the department established the Diabetes Foot Unit led by Dr Paul Wraight and podiatrist, Ms Kerry May, who work in close collaboration with the Hospital Admission Risk Program Diabetes Foot Project. This service received a Department of Human Services Award for continuity of care.