About us

  • The Department of Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition at The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Melbourne provides expert comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation and management of all paediatric gastrointestinal and liver conditions. We have an international reputation as a leader in clinical care, research and fellowship training in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and clinical nutrition. We lead and contribute to a number of cutting-edge multi-centre international research projects and trials. Our quaternary service comprises outpatient and inpatient care, and a comprehensive variety of investigations and treatments, including a dedicated endoscopy theatre. We provide treatment for children from Victoria and Tasmania. The liver transplant service also provides care for children from South Australia, and a national intestinal transplant service provides transplantation and care for children throughout Australia.

    Conditions 

    Our family centred service offers care for neonates, infants, children and young adults with a wide variety of conditions:

    General gastrointestinal conditions which include:

    Chronic refractory constipation

    Coeliac disease

    Crohn's disease 

    Cystic fibrosis associated gastrointestinal disease

    Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders 

    Food allergy

    Gastroesophageal reflux disease

    Helicobacter pylori

    Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

    Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS)

    Malabsorption disorders

    Motility disorders

    Pancreatitis: Acute and chronic

    Ulcerative colitis

    Irritable Bowel syndrome

    Liver conditions which include:

    • Acute liver failure
    • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
    • Autoimmune hepatitis
    • Biliary atresia
    • Fatty liver disease
    • Metabolic liver disease
    • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
    • Viral hepatitis
    • Wilson's disease

    Complex nutritional conditions which include:

    • Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction
    • Intestinal failure
    • Nutritional programs associated with other complex disorders (eg. oncological, immunological, gastrointestinal conditions)
    • Short-gut syndrome

    Investigations and treatments

    We offer a comprehensive variety of investigations and treatments:

    Investigations:

    Treatments:

    Team

    Our collaborative multidisciplinary team comprises of paediatric Gastroenterologists and fellows, clinical nutrition Consultants and fellows, paediatric and transplant surgeons, advanced practice nurses, paediatric interventional radiologists, dietitians and allied health specialists.

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease service

    The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) service provides care for over 400 complex IBD patients within the state and is one of the largest units in Australia. We provide comprehensive care for our patients from the point of referral right through to diagnosis, treatment and long term management. We have dedicated IBD clinics and patients are managed by a multidisciplinary team. Our service is supported by the expertise of our subspecialty colleagues from Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology,and Immunisation Specialists. We have a large day medical unit where patients can receive biological and iron infusions. We work in close collaboration with our adult colleagues to ensure a smooth transition to the adult services for our patients.

    Intestinal failure services

    We have an integrated intestinal failure and rehabilitation service, providing patients with a unique opportunity to be evaluated, supported and treated by a world class and innovative team of medical, nursing, surgical specialists and allied health specialists in gastrointestinal diseases and parenteral nutrition therapy.

    Liver disease, liver transplantation and intestinal transplantation services

    In partnership with Austin Health, we form the Victorian Liver Transplant Unit, providing a liver transplant service for the children and adolescents of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, and a national intestinal transplant service to patients within Victoria, and other states as required. Liver disease, and liver and intestinal transplantation services are supported by dedicated Clinical Nurse Consultants. The RCH Liver Transplant Program is an Australian Nationally Funded Centre Program.

    For more information please go to :  Australian Intestinal Transplant Service Website 

    Victorian Liver Transplant Unit

     Annual report 2017-2018


    The royal children hospital has performed over one hundred paediatric liver transplants in partnership with Austin Health. In 2012 the team performed Australia’s first paediatric intestinal transplant.

    The links below are uploaded for the 100th liver transplant celebration (RCH)

    https://vimeo.com/61861344

    https://vimeo.com/111818390

    https://vimeo.com/74271716