Orthopaedics

The Paediatric Orthopaedic Unit at Monash Children’s Hospital provides services for children with orthopaedic problems or complex fractures requiring specialist opinion.

Phone: (03) 9594 6666

 To support the Orthopaedics department at
Monash Children’s Hospital:

About us

The Paediatric Orthopaedic Unit at Monash Children’s Hospital provides services for children with orthopaedic problems or complex fractures requiring specialist opinion.

Our expert team cares for children with trauma-related injuries, neuromuscular conditions, musculoskeletal disorders and congenital disorders.

We perform about 1200 orthopaedic surgery procedures annually.

The unit is one of only two specialist paediatric orthopaedic units in Victoria and services the state’s eastern regions as well as Tasmania and southern New South Wales.

The unit is part of a state coordinated paediatric orthopaedic service, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network. This network aims to improve communication between specialist providers and referrers such as general practitioners (GPs.)

Our unit provides ‘level four’ paediatric orthopaedic services defined as comprehensive primary, secondary and tertiary specialist paediatric orthopaedic services for emergency and elective patients.

Our team

Head of the unit and director of orthopaedic surgery at Monash Health is Mr Ton Tran.

Mr Tran graduated from the University of Melbourne and completed his training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He was a senior tutor in anatomy and physiology at the University of Melbourne and from 1997 has consulted at various Victorian hospitals including Monash Children’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Mr Tran was a member of the State-wide Paediatric Service Review Committee, Department of Human Services, Victoria for five years.

He has had many articles published in medical journals and has presented at numerous conferences.

Other members of the paediatric orthopaedic team include two other doctors, three physiotherapists and paediatric orthopaedic case manager Paul Ferrier.

Clinics

We have five orthopaedic outpatient clinics at Monash Children’s Hospital, Clayton. They are:

  • Complex care (congenital and acquired developmental orthopaedic conditions)
  • Speciality orthopaedics
  • Trauma/fracture
  • Developmental hip dysplasia
  • Club foot

To make an appointment at any of these outpatient clinics call (03) 9594 4175.

Referrals

Please address referrals to the Head of Unit Mr Ton Tran. The patient will be seen by a clinician within this specialty.

Please fax your referral to Fax: (03) 9594 2273 and ensure all X-ray results/reports are within the last six months.

URGENT referrals: Please fax to Paul Ferrier, paediatric orthopaedic case manager on (03) 9594 4226 or contact the paediatric orthopaedic registrar via the switchboard on (03) 9594 6666. Mr Ferrier can also be contacted on phone (03) 9594 4073.

Please see referral guidelines – Orthopaedic referral guidelines or GPs can use their own clinic software for referral.

Referrals for developmental hip dysplasia should come with three requests for ultrasound imaging.

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