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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:

  • 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
  • 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)

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

Gabby Atlas is a Paediatric Endocrinologist with experience managing a range of endocrine conditions in children. Her clinical interests include growth, puberty and differences of sex development.

Clinical Interests
Jeff Kao is a Paediatric Endocrinologist who specialises in the care of children and adolescents with hormone-related diseases, such as thyroid dysfunction, adrenal, pituitary, growth, pubertal disorders, and bone health issues.

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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