Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Children's Acute Pain Service

Children's Acute Pain Service

The Children's Acute Pain Service was established at the Women's and Children's Hospital in 2003.

The Service is staffed by a Clinical Practice Consultant (specialist nurse) on weekdays, a senior pharmacist in pain management twice a week and anaesthetic staff from the Department of Children's Anaesthesia.

Services provided

  • daily review of children and adolescents following major surgery or trauma by the Children's Acute Pain Service on weekdays and an anaesthetist on weekends
  • consultancy for children and adolescents who are inpatients and require assessment and management of complex pain
  • implementation of pain management strategies for ongoing treatments, such as complex wound dressings
  • parent and staff education about pain management for children
  • development of pain assessment and management procedures for children.

How to access the service

WCH staff refer patients to the service.

Parents of children booked to have major surgery at the WCH may contact the Clinical Practice Consultant (specialist nurse) for advice and information before admission.


Link iconSouth Australian Paediatric Practice Guidelines – Pain Management and Opioid Safety

WCH page link iconChildren's pain assessment reference page


Weekdays 8am - 4pm

Duty Anaesthetist is available out of hours for pain management support.

Contact Information


(08) 8161 7000, pager 4302


Lead Paediatric Anaesthetist
Dr Laura Burgoyne

Clinical Practice Consultants - Pain Management
Rachel Dineen and Ruth Deegan

Senior Pharmacist - Pain Management
Chris Onishko

Mailing Address

Acute Pain Service
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006

last modified: 17 Jun 2016