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Clinics & services

Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease

We care for and treat people’s medical needs associated with inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

About us

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) service is run by the Gastroenterology Department.

Our multi-disciplinary team is made up of a range of specialists including:

  • Gastroenterologists
  • Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNCs)
  • Clinical Trial Coordinators (CTCs)
  • Colorectal surgeons
  • Pharmacist
  • Dietitian
  • Psychologist
  • Pathologist
  • Radiologist
  • Administration Officer

We have a strong research focus. We are running a number of research trials that you may be able to join. Speak to your doctor about whether there is a trial that is right for you.

Our services

We work with a multi-discliplinary team to provide the following services:

  • Medical treatment for intestinal failure
  • Medical treatment for primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Support for paediatric patients transitioning to adult care

Our clinics

We run the following clinics:

  • Specialist IBD outpatient clinics:
    • Tuesday morning - Austin Hospital
    • Wednesday morning – Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital
    • Friday morning - Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital
  • Virtual Biologic Clinic (a remote clinic for patients on biologic agents)
    • Tuesday afternoons fortnightly at Austin Hospital

Find out more about clinic times and bookings in Specialist Clinics.


For patients

You need a referral from your GP, specialist or health care provider to access this service.

For health professionals

Find out how to refer your patient.

Patients requiring immediate assessment should be sent to the Emergency Department. Request to admit your patient to hospital under the care of this service

If you are concerned about any delay of the appointment or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, contact the Gastroenterology Registrar on call on 03 9496 5000.

Contact us

Inflammatory Bowel Disease service

IBD patient helpline

Phone: 03 9496 6233

Email: DLIBDNurse@austin.org.au or IBDPharmacist@austin.org.au

Open hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm

Our hotline is staffed by specialist IBD nurses, doctor and pharmacist.


A/Prof Peter De Cruz
Director of IBD service

Kristy Boyd
IBD Services Lead


Gastoenterology Department
Austin Hospital
Level 8, Harold Stokes Building
145 Studley Road
Heidelberg VIC

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Postal address

Gastoenterology Department
Austin Hospital
PO Box 5555
Heidelberg VIC 3084