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Clinic at the Royal Children's Hospital

Children can be affected by a number of conditions involving abnormal levels of body hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers secreted by glands within the body which circulate to organs and tissues to regulate bodily functions and processes.

Endocrinologists are paediatricians who specialise in the assessment for and management of endocrine disorders in children and adolescents. These include:

  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes insipidus
  • Growth concerns, short stature and tall stature
  • Puberty or body hair concerns
  • Puberty in children with disabilities
  • Gyanaecomastia
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome and irregular periods
  • Premature ovarian failure or primary ovarian insufficiency
  • Obesity
  • Bone health and vitamin D deficiency
  • Bone health in underweight children or those with eating disorders
  • Calcium disorders
  • Thyroid disorders including hypothyroidism, Grave’s disease and thyroid cancer
  • Parathyroid disorders including hypoparathyroidism
  • Pituitary disorders including hypopituitarism and acromegaly
  • Adrenal disorders including Addison’s disease and phaeochromocytoma
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia I and II (MEN)
  • Familial hypercholesterolaemia and hypertriglyceridaemia
  • Lipodystrophy
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Turner, Klinefelter, Prader-Willi and McCune-Albright syndromes
  • Hypospadias
  • Ambiguous genitalia, gonadal dysgenesis, androgen insensitivity and disorders of sex development (DSD)
  • Transgender, gender dysphoria and gender concerns

The following practitioners at CPMG can assist in the assessment and management of endocrine disorders in children and adolescents:

Jacky is a paediatric endocrinologist who undertook specialist training at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She has broad expertise in the care of endocrine disorders in children. These include those of diabetes, growth, puberty or body hair, thyroid, vitamin D and bones, obesity, pituitary and adrenal glands, and the ovaries or testicles - including disorders of sex development, Turner and Klinefelter syndromes, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and gender dysphoria.

Samantha Bridgland is a Registered Nurse and a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE). She trained and worked for several years at the Royal Children's Hospital, and has been working with patients and their families with type 1 diabetes, in both the private and Public sector.

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