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Young Adult Endocrine Clinic - public patients

For patients transitioning from paediatric to young adult care.

Purpose

The Mater Young Adult Endocrine Clinics are for young people aged between 16 and 25 years of age. The purpose of the clinics is to support young people to move from paediatric care to the Mater Young Adult Health Centre Brisbane. The centre offers a number of clinical services and programs that have been developed with young people in mind.

Scope of Service

The Mater Young Adult Endocrine Service will provide care to patients with the following conditions:

  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
  • Genetic Endocrine conditions
  • Klinefelter Syndrome
  • Bone, Parathyroid and Calcium disorders
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome and other menstrual disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Turner Syndrome*

*Patients with Turner Syndrome will be seen in a specialised clinic

Please note young people with diabetes and other endocrine conditions will be seen in one of our other clinics. The referral process remains the same.

If you would like your patient to access the Mater Young Adult Endocrine service please provide the following information set out in our Referral Criteria.

Referral Criteria

Please include all of the minimum referral requirements and:

  • relevant hormone levels
  • relevant investigations including imaging studies
  • For pituitary disorders (early morning 0700-0900 hours sample): prolactin, LH, FSH, oestradiol or testosterone, TSH, Free T4, cortisol, ACTH, growth hormone, IGF1, ELFT, FBE
  • Thyroid disorders: TSH, T4 and thyroid antibodies

Patients should be referred using the Mater Hospital Brisbane Outpatient Clinic Referral Form and can be faxed to 07 3163 1543.

Referral Categorisation guidelines:

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. All referrals will be assessed to determine the urgency at which patients will be seen.

PRIORITY SEMI-URGENT ROUTINE

- Severe thyroid dysfunction

- New diagnosed pituitary and adrenal disorders

** Turner Syndrome

- Klinefelter Syndrome

- Bone, Parathyroid and calcium disorders

- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

- Mild thyroid dysfunction

Mater endeavours to see all priority patients within 30 days from GP referral

Mater endeavours to see all semi urgent patients within 3 months from GP referral

Mater endeavours to see all routine referrals within 12 months from GP referral

**Please note there is a specific clinic for Turner Syndrome

Preparation for transition to an adult health care provider

There are important principles in the effective transition of young people from paediatric to adult care. We recognise these and take them into consideration when transitioning young people:

  • Our service is one of many available to your patient. All appropriate options for adult endocrine care should be discussed and offered to the young person and family. They should be encouranged to choose the adult endocrine care provider who best needs their needs (this may include geographical location, close to home, work or university, clinic hours, costs, staff available etc).
  • Most young people who will arrive at our service will have begun the transition process many years prior to being transferred to our care. When the young person is transtitioned into the Mater Young Adult Endocrine service we will continue to work with the young person and their family/carer.
  • We recognise that not all components of the transition process may be complete at the time of transfer and we will work with you to identify and prioritise the elements of transition. For example, we will follow up on any education which will need to be addressed following transfer.
  • Please consider delaying the transfer of care if the patient is currently experiencing crisis.
  • To assist in referring your patient please provide a comprehensive referral form with current contact details such as phone number, address and email, next of kin and GP. You may also complete an Integrated Transition Summary (Queensland Health only) document.

Mater Young Adult Endocrine Health Care team

Dr Christine Jang Endocrinologist
Dr Tom Dover Endocrinologist
Marina Noud Nurse Educator

 

Bulk Billed Clinics

Mater Health Services offers patients the opportunity to attend bulk billed clinics.  To provide your patient with the opportunity to attend a bulk billed specialist clinic, please provide a named referral to one of our specialists listed above.

Contact Us

If you wish to discuss a referral with a medical or nursing officer from this specialty, please contact the Young Adult Endocrine Service on 07 3163 2500.  

Content reviewed 05/04/2017

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