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

Acute Pain Service

The Acute Pain Service was established at the WCH in July 2003. The divisions throughout the hospital have all been involved in the creation of this important service.

The Service is staffed by a Clinical Nurse Consultant 9 days a fortnight and anaesthetic staff specialising in Women's and Children's anaesthesia. The Division of Anaesthetic and Theatre Services coordinates and staffs the medical arm of this service.

Services provided


  • daily review of children and adolescents following major surgery or trauma
  • consultancy for children and adolescents, who are inpatients and require assessment and management of pain
  • implementation of pain management strategies for on going treatments eg complex dressings
  • parent and staff education on pain management for children
  • development of paediatric pain assessment and management guidelines.


  • consultancy for women who are inpatients and require assessment and management of pain
  • education for patients and staff on pain management strategies and modalities
  • development of pain assessment and management guidelines for women and babies.

How to access the service

WCH staff refer women and children to the service. 

Parents of children booked to have major surgery at the WCH may contact the Clinical Nurse Consultant for advice and information prior to admission.


WCH page link iconChildren's pain assessment reference page

WCH page link iconPain assessment self-report tool

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

PDF iconThe who, why, when and how of pain assessment (80Kb)


Weekdays 8am - 4pm

Contact Information

Unit Head

Clinical Nurse Consultant
Dr Gill Bricher

Senior Pharmacist - Pain Management
Chris Onishko
Ph: (08) 8161 7002
Pager (08) 8161 7000 pager 4484


2nd Floor, Good Friday Building

Mailing Address

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


Phone (08) 8161 7028

Pager (08) 8161 7000 pager 4302

After hours contact the duty Anaesthetic Staff

Paediatrics Pager 3643
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Pager 5843

Email paincnc@wch.sa.gov.au

last modified: 12 Apr 2016