Endocrinology and Diabetes

The Endocrinology and Diabetes Service provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to inpatient and outpatient care for adults across Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) and Fremantle Hospital (FH) (external link).

Endocrinology is the study of hormones and their actions in the body. Endocrine disorders arise when hormone levels or actions are abnormal and include adrenal and thyroid disorders, osteoporosis and diabetes.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body cannot make proper use of carbohydrates in food because the pancreas does not make enough insulin, or the insulin produced is ineffective, or a combination of both. Learn more about diabetes (Healthy WA).

Our services include:

  • inpatient care for emergency presentations for a range of specialty conditions e.g. diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar hyperglycaemia state, hypoglycaemia, diabetic foot complications, Addison’s disease and thyroid disorders (FSH only)
  • specialty outpatient clinics, providing care for diabetes and endocrine related diseases
  • multi-disciplinary diabetes foot ulcer service (see below)
  • comprehensive diabetes education and allied health services
  • intensive type 1 diabetes education courses including, carbohydrate counting, insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring.
  • psychological therapy for diabetes-related stress and difficulties with self-care (FSH only)
  • antenatal diabetes and endocrine care (FSH only).

Multidisciplinary Diabetes Foot Ulcer service

The Multidisciplinary Diabetes Foot Ulcer (MDFU) service is a specialist interdisciplinary team (endocrinology, vascular surgery, infectious diseases and podiatry) that manages foot (below the level of the medial and lateral malleoli) ulceration and acute Charcot neuroarthropathy in patients with diabetes.

The MDFU service at FSH and FH is a Centre of Excellence interdisciplinary high-risk foot service, accredited by the National Association of Diabetes Centres.

The service aims to reduce lower limb amputations and hospitalisations in people with diabetes-related foot ulceration, however:

  • acute vascular surgical emergencies, including critical limb ischaemia, gangrene or abscess formation, should be referred directly to the vascular surgery team
  • complex orthopaedic infections, leg ulcers, traumatic injuries to the foot and rheumatological and crystal deposition disorders of the foot are outside the scope of this service.

Read more about the MDFU service.

In mid-2019 the MDFU team's excellence in the delivery of safe, high quality clinical care was recognised when it was named winner of the Excellence in Clinical Care category in the 2019 SMHS Excellence Awards.

Information for health professionals

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Supporting people living with diabetes

Empowering you to take control

Our team of health care professionals provides individualised clinical care and structured group education programs to help you achieve your diabetes-related goals, optimise your health and your quality of life.

See how some of our programs may assist you in improving your diabetes self-management.

Challenges in living with diabetes

Living with diabetes can be a challenge. Our behavioural diabetes support programs allow you to engage with our team and others with diabetes to:

  • set goals
  • plan strategies
  • achieve your own diabetes-related goals.

Watch how other people with diabetes have benefited from these programs.

Learn more about diabetes and endocrine disorders

Contact us

For Fiona Stanley Hospital patients

Phone our Helpdesk on 6152 2222.

For Fremantle Hospital patients

Phone our switchboard on 9431 3333.

Visit Healthy WA

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