Queensland Liver Transplant Service

The Queensland Liver Transplant Service provides diagnostic and therapeutic care and management for infants, children and adolescents with liver disease including liver transplantation. Our services include:

  • paediatric and adolescent hepatology including liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery
  • management of children with complex nutritional needs
  • diagnostic services including gastrointestinal endoscopy, wireless capsule endoscopy and therapeutic endoscopy
  • telehealth consultations and shared care models for regional centres.

Referrals for liver transplantation patients aged less than 16 years and are usually performed in Queensland’s paediatirc specialist facility, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Clinics

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplant Clinic
Level 3 (3b), Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane 4101
Tuesday  |  1pm – 5pm

Who can access this service?

Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday. All scheduled immunisations must be up-to-date wherever possible.

Catchment area

This service is available to children living in all Queensland hospital catchments, including northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Formal referrals for liver transplantation are accepted from all states and territories.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Patients must be referred by a consultant paediatrician or paediatric specialist to access our service. Ideally this should be addressed to the director of the department by name.

Referrals from general practitioners will only be accepted in exceptional cases.

Please note: Referrals may be re-directed to a more clinically appropriate practitioner. In many instances, prior assessment by a general paediatrician is preferred.

Other referral information

Please bring any private pathology and/or private radiology assessment results with you to your appointment as these may be required for use as a baseline or comparison.

Information for health professionals

The Queensland Liver Transplant Service provides diagnostic and therapeutic care and management for infants, children and adolescents with liver disease including liver transplantation and related hepatobiliary medicine and surgery. Our services include:

  • Paediatric and adolescent hepatology including liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery including intra, and extra hepatic shunts e.g. portosystemic shunts.
  • Assessment and Management of unconjugated hyperbilirubinaemia.
  • Prolonged infant jaundice beyond 2 weeks of life.
  • Certain complex metabolic diseases (referred for shared care by specialist metabolic teams).
  • Complex hepatology including rare diseases of the liver and,
    • Hereditary and metabolic diseases – Wilsons, haemochromatosis, glycogen storage diseases, alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, Bile salt transport disorders, Primary Hyperoxalosis, Maple Syrup Urine Disease, Citrullinaemia, Niemann pick
    • Hepatitis (autoimmune disease, viral hepatitis)
    • PSC/Autoimmune disease
    • Congenital Genetic Extra hepatic biliary atresia, Intra hepatic biliary atresia, Alagilles, Budd-Chiari Syndrome, Caroli’s disease, Crigler-Najjar syndrome, Tuberous sclerosis
    • Cryptogenic cirrhosis.
  • Management of children with related complex nutritional needs.
  • Diagnostic services including gastrointestinal endoscopy, wireless capsule endoscopy and therapeutic endoscopy.
  • Telehealth consultations and shared care models for regional centres.
  • Internal referral arrangements with other specialist teams e.g. metabolic medicine, oncology, renal medicine and cardiology.

The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is a designated national paediatirc liver transplant centre managing patients from Queensland, the Northern Territory and Northern New South Wales. Referrals from specialists in other Australian and New Zealand centres may be accepted.

Liver transplantation referrals for patients aged less than 16 years are usually performed in Queensland’s paediatirc specialist facility, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

This centre has specialist hepatology and liver transplantation clinics. Telehealth and shared care models with local medical practitioners are also utilised.

Referral instructions

A suitable referral template can be found on our referral forms page.

Recent pathology and radiology may be required. Discuss with the gastroenterologist on service.

Urgent referrals
Please direct urgent referrals direct to the on-call gastroenterologist/hepatologist via the hospital switchboard.
t: 07 3068 1111

Useful links

Donate Life
Liver Kids Australia
Stool chart
Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ)

Our team

Director

Prof Tony Catto-Smith FRACP, MBBS

Senior Medical Officers

Dr Fariha Balouch FRACP, MBBS
Dr Frances Connor FRACP, MBBS
Dr Looi Ee FRACP, MBBS
Dr Peter Lewindon FRACP, MBBS
Dr Li-Zsa Tan FRACP, MBBS
Dr Geoff Withers FRACP, MBBS

This service is available at

Surgical (3b)
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

Level 3
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

t: 07 3068 2750
f: 07 3068 4849
e: chq_ghlt@health.qld.gov.au

Hepatology and liver transplant coordinators

t: 07 3068 5424 (Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm)

After hours Gastroenterologist on-call
t: 07 3068 1111 (switchboard after hours)

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm.
An on-call 24-hour (every day including public holidays) service is available for liver transplantation.

Related services

Dietetics and Food Services
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplant
General Paediatrics and Babies
Immunisation Services
Infection Management and Prevention Service
Metabolic Medicine Service
Occupational Therapy
Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service
Social Work
Surgery and Urology