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Stomach, Liver and Nutritional Problems

The Gastroenterology Unit provides a state-wide service in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition for infants, children and adolescents under 18 years of age.

The Gastroenterology Unit provides a state-wide service in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition for infants, children and adolescents under 18 years of age. The services extend to the Northern Territory, Western NSW and Western Victoria.


  • Inpatient specialist care and consultation
  • Outpatient clinics in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, nutrition, eating disorders, cystic fibrosis and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Outreach specialist outpatient clinics to: Mount Gambier Hospital, Whyalla Hospital and Port Augusta Hospital.
  • Home Enteral Nutrition Service (HENS)
  • Home Parenteral Nutrition Service
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures: endoscopy and colonoscopy, liver biopsy, insertion of gastrostomy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease service.

Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Home Parental Nutrition
  • Co-ordination of care and troubleshooting
  • Patient/ carer education
  • Preparation for transition
  • Outpatient clinic
  • Managing the biologic service
  • Chronic constipation
  • Liver disease/ transplant

Laboratory Diagnostic and Investigational Services

  • Upper gastrointestinal motility studies
  • 24 hour ambulatory pH monitoring for gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • Oesophageal impedance testing for gastro-oesophageal reflux and symptoms
  • Breath hydrogen testing for carbohydrate absorption and malabsorption, oro-caecal transit time and bacterial overgrowth of the intestine
  • Stable isotope breath testing for Helicobacter pylori, gastric emptying, small bowel bacterial overgrowth, fat malabsorption
  • Intestinal permeability testing using dual sugar probes.

Home Enteral Nutrition Service (HENS)

  • The service supports children who require feeding through a tube. It consists of Nurse Consultants, Dietitians, Speech Pathologists and Gastroenterologists who work in an advisory role with the child’s primary medical or surgical team.
  • Inpatient Service
  • Education, support, patient care and discharge planning
  • The dietitian may advise on feeding plan in consultation with primary team
  • Referrals may be made to additional support services eg community nurse etc
  • Education for staff on all aspects of enteral feeding
  • Outpatient Service
  • Follow up care and support after discharge
  • Regular review and assistance with care of tube, education and problem solving
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Follow-up and communication with primary team
  • Statewide Service
  • Support and education

How to access this service

Referral requirements

A referral is needed from a medical practitioner.

Referral letters should contain

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Whether or not your child will be treated as a public or private patient
  • Parent/carer's names
  • Medicare number
  • Emergency contact (if required)

The referral may be faxed to (08) 8161 6246 or sent by mail. Once the referral has been received and triaged, the Unit Secretary will advise you of the appointment time either by telephone or by letter.


9:00am–5:00pm, Monday to Friday


Level 8, Zone B (Rieger Building)

Further information

Crohn's and Colitis Forum – WCH Paediatric Gastroenterology Department

– Thursday, 5 December 2019



Clinic appointments/General enquiries

Breath Testing appointments/enquiries

Home Enteral Nutrition Service (HENS)


(08) 8161 6088

Mailing Address

Gastroenterology Unit
Women’s and Children Health Network
72 King William Road
North Adelaide SA 5006


Medical Unit Head

Dr Richard Couper

For Health Professionals

Resources for Clinicians

Research activity

  • Motility research of upper gastrointestinal tract looking at developmental physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy.
  • Non-invasive modalities to study gut function pathophysiology and interventions using both animal models and studies in humans in both health and disease areas including Helicobacter pylori, gastric emptying, gut mucosal injury of varying aetiologies and small bowel bacterial overgrowth.
  • Centre for the Australian Paediatric and Adolescent inflammatory bowel disease database. This is also being used for research studies.