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The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

About the WCH

About WCH

The Women's and Children's Hospital/Ngankiku Ngartuku Kukuwardli is South Australia's largest specialist facility for women's and children's health.

We are the leading provider of care for children with acute and chronic conditions in South Australia, and the State's largest maternity and obstetric service. We also provide important community-based services.

In Kaurna language, the hospital is known as Ngangiki Ngartuku Kukuwardli, which means "A place of health that cares for women during pregnancy and birthing, babies, children and young people."

The WCH cares for women and children, across the areas of paediatric medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, neonatology, mental health and disability, rehabilitation and allied health, seeing more than 230,000 outpatients and 33,000 inpatients annually.

Each year we more than 46,000 children present at our Paediatric Emergency Department, and almost 5,000 babies are born at the hospital.

We are highly regarded as a centre for research. 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 and Children's Health Network/Ngangitya, ngartu-itya kangkawardli, the largest paediatric and maternity health service in South Australia, which also reaches into parts of the Northern Territory, western Victoria and New South Wales.

We are committed to making your visit to the Hospital as comfortable as possible. Please visit the 'Patients and Visitors' section for more information.

WCH Administrative Structure

The Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH) is a publicly funded hospital, an agency of SA Health, and is controlled by the Minister for Health.

The WCH is led and managed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN), who reports to the WCHN Governing Board.

The structure includes both strategic and clinical leadership positions, and has been designed to ensure that the WCH is able to successfully respond to the objectives of the Government's health agenda.

More information can be found on the the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) web site.