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Discipline of Paediatrics
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005

Telephone: +61 8 8161 7266
Facsimile: +61 8 8161 7031

Welcome to Paediatrics and Child Health, Year 5

The Year 5 Paediatrics and Child Health course is of 9 weeks duration, and is run by the School of Paediatrics & Reproductive Health, Discipline of Paediatrics, as part of the MBBS course in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide.

Enjoy your time in Paediatrics and Child Health

Current students with enquiries concerning their studies in the Discipline of Paediatrics should use the following contacts:
Ms Gemma Barnes , Student Support Assistant, 8161 6346 or Professor Jenny Couper, Head Paediatrics, 8161 6402.


Course Details

General Information

The Discipline of Paediatrics is situated at the Women's and Children's Hospital. The Women's and Children's Hospital is a teaching hospital of the University of Adelaide. It provides inpatient and outpatient care at a primary, secondary and tertiary level for Adelaide and South Australia in conjunction with other hospitals and facilities. The Women's and Children's Hospital is a specialist facility for women's and children's health.

We are the provider of specialist care for children with acute and chronic conditions in South Australia, as well as the State's largest maternity and obstetric service. We also provide community-based services. In 2009/10 we provided 321,115 outpatient appointments to women and children, across the areas of paediatric medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, neonatology, medical imaging, mental health and allied health. In addition, 41,402 children presented to our Paediatric Emergency Department. In 2009/10, 4,882 babies were born at the hospital. We are highly regarded for our research, teaching, policy and management.

As one of the State's major teaching hospitals, we work with all three South Australian universities in the training of hundreds of health professionals each year. The Hospital forms part of the Women's & Children's Health Network, one of three health regions belonging to SA Health.

Further special areas of service are provided by the Child Development Unit, Intensive Care facilities and specialist units including Pulmonary Medicine, Gastroenterology, Haematology/Oncology, Cardiology, Renal Medicine, Neurology, Genetic & Metabolic disorders, Endocrinology & Diabetes Services, Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology services, Paediatric Surgery/Urology, Paediatric Orthopaedics, Plastic & Cranio-facial Surgery, Ophthalmology, ENT Surgery and Paediatric organ Imaging facilities. There is a strong commitment to research in child health and disorders of childhood, with excellent research groups extensively involved in clinical, basic science, and public health research.

Outpatient facilities/ Paediatric Emergency Department

Medical outpatient facilities and general surgical outpatients are situated on the 1st floor of the Rogerson Building. Orthopaedic outpatient clinics and some medical clinics (rheumatology) are on the ground floor of the Clarence Rieger Building.

The Paediatric Emergency Department is on the ground floor of the Rogerson Building. Within the Emergency Department is the Short Stay Ward, often used for short term or overnight observation.

Teaching Personnel

Teaching in Paediatrics is under the direction of the Discipline of Paediatrics of the University of Adelaide, and involves University staff and other staff employed by the Women's and Children's Hospital as well as other agencies who provide services for children. The key personnel in the Discipline of Paediatrics are:
Professor Jenny Couper McGregor-Reid Professor of Paediatrics
Professor Michael SawyerProfessor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
A/Professor Declan Kennedy Associate Professor in Paediatrics
Professor Maree O'Keefe Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics
Dr Christina Boros Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics
Dr Richard CouperSenior Lecturer in Paediatrics
A/Professor Michael GoldSenior Lecturer in Paediatrics
Ms Gemma BarnesStudent Support Assistant

The co-ordinator for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health components of the program is Dr Prue McEvoy.

The co-ordinator for the Paediatric Surgery components of the program is Mr Sanjeev Khurana.

Teaching facilities

The Discipline of Paediatrics is on the 2nd floor of the Clarence Rieger Building, Women's and Children's Hospital. Access to the Discipline is from the lifts to the left of the main entrance in Kermode Street or from the Rogerson Building lifts (see handbook appendices for map).

Lectures, seminars or tutorials will usually be held in the Maxwell Seminar Room in the Clarence Rieger Building on the 2nd floor adjacent to the Discipline of Paediatrics or in the Surgical Seminar Room in the Good Friday Building on the 2nd floor in the Department of Surgery.

Inpatient facilities

Inpatient wards in the hospital have different functions, and the units and wards are listed below:
Ground floor, Rogerson Building Paediatric Emergency Dept
Short stay admission ward
First floor, Good Friday Building Adolescent Ward
CAMHS inpatients: Boylan Ward
Second Floor, Good Friday Building Infants (i.e. under 12 months of age):
Rose Ward
Renal dialysis Unit
Second Floor, Queen Vic Building Haematology/ Oncology: Brookman Ward
Third Floor, Good Friday Building ENT and Eyes: Campbell Ward
General paediatric surgery, burns and plastics: Campbell Ward
Neurosurgery: Campbell Ward
Urology: Newland Ward
Orthopaedics: Newland Ward
Day stay surgery (DOSA)
Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and High
Dependency Unit PICU/ HDU
Fourth Floor, Good Friday Building General Paediatric Medicine: Medical Wards
Neurology/Endocrine/Metabolic diseases/
Cystic Fibrosis/Cardiology/Infectious
Diseases: Medical Wards