Endocrinology and Diabetes

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Endocrinology and Diabetes Service (Adult)

The Endocrinology and Diabetes service provides assessment and management of diabetes and hormone-related disorders.

Conditions seen include:

  • Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes)
  • Thyroid disorders (hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules)
  • Pituitary disorders (tumours, prolactinoma, acromegaly, hypopituitarism)
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Metabolic Bone disorders (hypercalcaemia, hyperparathyroidism, hypocalcaemia, Paget’s disease)
  • Female reproductive hormone disorders (polycystic ovarian syndrome, menopause)
  • Male reproductive hormone disorders
  • Pregnancy related endocrine disorders
  • General endocrinology

Bariatric surgery is currently not available at the Northern Hospital

What can I expect from the service?

Diabetes click here for details

All other Endocrinology clinics:

You will attend an outpatient clinic visit with a doctor from the Endocrinology services. This clinic visit may involve a doctor consultation, blood tests and imaging tests. Appropriate treatment and care plan may be formulated which may include various forms of treatment. Your GP will be informed about the outcome of your consultation and treatment plan via a GP letter. Interpreter services are available.

How to refer to the service

You need a referral from your GP or Family Doctor to access this service. Your GP will send your referral to the hospital. Once we receive the referral, we will send you a letter. There may be a wait list to access this service.

What do I bring/need for my appointment

Please bring an accurate list of your current medications and any relevant blood tests and imaging results (X-ray films, scans, ultrasound, MRI) to your appointment. Please bring your Medicare card, health care or concession cards card (if you have one) and the name and clinic address of your GP.

Contact us

Phone:      8405 8335

Email:       SpecialistClinics@nh.org.au


For Health Professionals

Endocrinology and Diabetes Service (Adult)

Northern Health adult Endocrinology and Diabetes service comprises a multi-disciplinary team specialising in:

  • Diabetes – acute and chronic care (including foot disease in diabetes) and diabetes education.
  • General Endocrinology – pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, calcium and metabolic disorders, thyroid cancer, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, men and women’s health.
  • Obstetric Endocrinology – care and support for women with diabetes or endocrinology disorders in pregnancy.

Endocrinology Service Overview – Click here

Endocrinology and Diabetes Specialist Clinic Referral Guidelines

For conditions listed below click here for Victorian Statewide Referral Criteria

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes-related foot complication
  • Diabetes – Type 1
  • Diabetes – Type 2
  • Metabolic bone disease
  • Thyroid mass

All other conditions click here for HealthPathways Melbourne or visit equivalent online care pathways website.

Please contact your local PHN if you require login access

Please note: Endocrinology diabetes (type 1, type 2 and diabetes related foot complication) referrals that meet the Statewide Referral Criteria will be triaged to a diabetes service at one of our Northern Health campuses. This may include our joint diabetes service at DPV Health.

Endocrinology and Diabetes Services not offered at Northern Health

  • Northern Health Endocrinology and Diabetes service do not see clients under the age of 16 years with type 1 and type 2 diabetes or other metabolic conditions. Please direct referral to The Royal Children’s Hospital: Health Professionals
  • Referral for assessment for commercial driver’s license in type 2 diabetes will be added to a waiting list, there will be significant wait time for this service. For other options please refer to health pathways on link below.
  • Please note, bariatric surgery is not available at Northern Health

For further guidance on how to manage specific conditions in general practice, or what specific investigations and information are required for specialist referral, please visit your local HealthPathways website or equivalent online care pathways website.

Click here for HealthPathways Melbourne

Please contact your local PHN if you require login access

How to refer

Urgent referrals: can be discussed with the Endocrinology Registrar’s by calling Northern Health switchboard Tel: 8405 8000. Acutely unwell patient should be directed to the nearest Emergency Department for immediate assessment and treatment.

GP referrals: Use HealthLink to send referrals, results and reports. For more information click here

Other health services (hospitals, allied health, specialists etc.): Fax your referral to 8405 8616

Contact us

For enquiries regarding Diabetes referrals please contact Community Access Service team on Free call to 1300 128 539 or 9495 3443

For General Endocrinology or Obstetric Endocrinology enquiries please contact Specialist Clinics on 8405 8335

Our Team

Head of Unit:

Dr Suresh Varadarajan

Supported by:

Ambulatory Diabetes Coordinator
Diabetes Nurse Educators
Exercise physiologists
Foot procedure unit/ podiatrists
Health psychologists
Medical staff – Consultants, Registrars, Residents
Nurse Practitioner Diabetes
Nursing staff