What is paediatric endocrinology?
Paediatric endocrinology is a sub-specialty of paediatrics that provides expert diagnosis and care for infants, children and teenagers who have conditions affecting the endocrine (hormone) system. Because children have unique needs, the 3-year training to become a paediatric endocrinologist is undertaken after the doctor has graduated from a 4- to 6- year medical school course and has completed 3 years of general training as a paediatrician. One of the defining features of childhood is growth, so a key focus of paediatric endocrinology is on conditions that affect children’s growth: we assess children who are taller or shorter than usual, lighter or heavier than usual, who are growing more rapidly or slowly than usual, or whose development of puberty is advanced or delayed. We also care for children who have conditions causing underactivity or overactivity of one of the body’s endocrine glands, including the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, ovaries and testes (see illustration below). Our service has the advantage of offering a smooth transition from paediatric care to adult care with one of the many adult endocrinologists who practice at the Northern Sydney Endocrine Centre. We have no geographic limitations and welcome young people from anywhere in Sydney, New South Wales or beyond. If you are wondering whether your child may have a condition appropriate for our service, please feel free to call us on: 02 9439 8447.