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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.

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Diabetes and Hormonal Disorders

The Endocrinology and Diabetes Centre provides services involving management of growth, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, pubertal and bone disorders.

The WCHN Endocrinology and Diabetes service provides a full range of endocrine/diabetes services for children from birth to 18 years of age and includes regional SA and interstate consultations.

Endocrine services include management of growth, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, pubertal and bone disorders.

Diabetes services include initial stabilisation, child, adolescent and parent education at diagnosis and follow-up through the diabetes outpatient clinics, augmented by additional telehealth consultations.

How to access this service

Referral requirements

Referrals from a health professional (e.g. General Practitioner or Paediatrician) is required for outpatient appointments. Medical practitioners are requested to consult the Endocrinology and Diabetes Referral Guidelines.

Making an appointment

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

Opening hours

General Business: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm


Level 2, Zone C, Good Friday Building



(08) 8161 6402


(08) 8161 7759


Medical Unit Head, Endocrinology and Diabetes

  • Dr Elaine Tham

Paediatric Endocrinologists

  • Clinical Lead Diabetes: Dr John Welch
  • Clinical Lead Endocrinology: Dr Jenny Harrington
  • Staff Specialists:
    • Professor Jenny Couper
    • Dr Jemma Anderson
    • Dr Jessica Harbison
    • Dr Alexia Pena

Diabetes Educators

  • Clinical Practice Consultant: Eliza Bartlett
  • Diabetes Educators:
    • Tania Kelly
    • Ashlee King
    • Emily Walkington
    • Louise Wilson

Endocrinology Nurse

  • Clinical Practice Consultant: Kate Williams


  • Brittany Hand
  • Bianca Collins

Research activity

The department houses a NHMRC JDRF Centre of Research Excellence in Type 1 Diabetes and is part of national and international immune therapy networks for the prevention of type 1 diabetes and its complications in children and adolescents, preservation of insulin production trials, trials of new insulin pump and glucose monitoring technologies, and the treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome. We are also the state wide centre for counselling of families at risk of type 1 diabetes and we lead the national Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity study (ENDIA).