Adolescent medicine including eating disorders

Adolescent medicine provides both in- and out-patient services for a variety of acute and chronic medical problems and/or psychiatric difficulties in adolescent aged patients (12-18 years inclusive).

Specialty areas include eating disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic illness.

Six acute beds are available for young people with an Eating Disorder on the Children’s Ward at Monash medical centre Clayton. These beds are for those patients who require management of the physical complications of the illness.

An additional two beds are available in the Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit (Stepping Stones) for those patients with an Eating Disorder who have an additional psychiatric issues.

Day Programs

A Day Program is also available for young people with an Eating Disorder. This provides more psychological support than can be provided by outpatient services but less intense physical support. Patients with mental health issues are co-managed with the Adolescent Psychiatric In-patients Unit (Stepping Stones), hospital consultation liaison psychiatric team and local CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).

The multi-disciplinary team includes three paediatricians with expertise in adolescent health, dietitians, consultation liaison psychiatric team, social worker, teacher, art and music therapists and physiotherapy, as required.

We also provide consultation in the management of patients admitted under other sub-specialty units who require a specialist approach for their adolescent needs.