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Departments

Overview

Clinical services / hypertension / blood pressure disorders

In addition to providing over 5000 visits per year for outpatient services, diagnostic services are also provided from a 4-bed day ward.

This unit conducts 24hr ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, tilt table and invasive and non-invasive testing of autonomic function, pulse wave analysis, hepatic, renal and forearm blood flow testing, pharmacokinetic testing and controlled first-dose administration of potentially toxic drugs.

For appointment enquiries please contact:

Christine Doyle/Maureen Mendoza

(03) 9496 5029

ClinicalPharmacology@austin.org.au

Clinical pharmacology / toxicology

Together with the Emergency Department and the Victorian Poisons Information Service, we provide a coordinated state-wide service of a full range of clinical pharmacology, emergency medicine, intensive care and psychiatric advice and management of poisoned patients.

Emergencies: (03) 9496 5000 (request the on-call toxicologist)

Outpatient bookings: (03) 9496 5029

 

Laboratory

The analytical laboratory conducts specialist tests to analyse hormones, drugs and metabolites in patient samples.

Tests are conducted for a variety of purposes: therapeutic monitoring of patient drug levels, screening patient plasma and urine for hormones and metabolites that are elevated in disease states and for investigating the behaviour of new drugs and metabolites in clinical and basic research.

The laboratory also provides analytical support to the Pharmacy Department and Clinical Trials units.

Drug Evaluation Unit (DEU)

The DEU (University of Melbourne) conducts clinical evaluation of submissions for registration of pharmaceutical agents under contract for the Federal Government's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Research

The hospital Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics conducts research into a broad range of clinical and basic areas of investigation. These include:

  • Phase I clinical trials (Austin Centre for Clinical Studies, part of Nucleus Network)
  • Cardiovascular pharmacology
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical hypertension
  • Heart failure
  • Diabetes, insulin resistance
  • Drug receptors, drug development, neuropharmacology, neurophysiology, and toxicology.
  • Drug design and development and is responsible for a number of significant new compounds and diagnostic tests, some of which have been patented.

Description of University research activities are available on University of Melbourne website for the Department of Medicine at Austin & Northern Health (Frauman, Verberne and Sartor groups).