Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Endocrinology and Diabetes

Endocrinology and Diabetes

In October 2003 the WCH's new Endocrine and Diabetes Centre opened, made possible thanks to the generosity of the McGuinness McDermott Foundation.  The Centre brings together all aspects of endocrine and diabetes treatment, including the co-location of research and services staff, and provides a supprtive environment for consumers to learn to deal with their health issues.The department provides a full range of endocrine/diabetes services for children from birth to 18 years of age.

Endocrine services include management of growth, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, pubertal, intersex (ambiguous genitalia) and bone disorders.

Diabetes services include initial stabilisation, child, adolescent and parent education at diagnosis and follow-up through the diabetes outpatient clinics. RDNS diabetes educators provide home follow up and school visits.

How to access the service

Referrals from a health professional (eg General Practitioner or Paediatrian) is required for outpatient appointments.

Appointments for outpatient clinics can be made through the Outpatients Department phone (08) 8161 7399. Appointments to see a consultant as a private patient can be made by calling (08) 8161 6402.

You may also contact the Diabetes Nurse Educator or the Endocrine Nurse for assistance with appointments.

Research Activity

Research is a key departmental activity with national funding and research nurses and research fellows are on staff. Clinical research interests are endothelial function in type 1 diabetes and obesity, preclinical diabetes and psychological impact of chronic disease. There are close links with basic science research in the laboratories of the Immunology Department and Department of Paediatrics, University of Adelaide.


General Business 9am - 5pm weekdays

Contact Information

Unit Head

Head, Endocrinology & Diabetes
Assoc Professor Jenny Couper


Level 2, Good Friday Building

Mailing Address

Endocrinology and Diabetes Centre
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide SD
South Australia 5006


Ph (08) 8161 6402

Fax 8161 7759

last modified: 05 Apr 2016