Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Endocrinology and Diabetes

Endocrinology and Diabetes

In October 2003, the WCH's new Endocrine and Diabetes Centre opened, made possible thanks to the generosity of the McGuinness McDermott Foundation. The Centre brings together all aspects of endocrine and diabetes treatment, including the co-location of research and services staff, and provides a supportive environment for consumers to learn to deal with their health issues.The department provides a full range of endocrine/diabetes services for children from birth to 18 years of age.

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.

How to access the service

Referrals from a health professional (e.g. General Practitioner or Paediatrician) is required for outpatient appointments. Medical practitioners are requested to consult the PDF iconEndocrinology and Diabetes Referral Guidelines (273kb). All referrals should be faxed to the Administration Hub on 8161 6246.

Appointments for WCH page link iconoutpatient 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.

You may also contact the Diabetes Nurse Educator or the Endocrine Nurse for assistance with appointments.

Research Activity

The department houses the NHMRC JDRF Centre of Research Excellence in type 1 diabetes and is part of national and international  research networks for the prevention of type 1 diabetes and its complications in children and adolescents, trials of  new insulin pump and glucose monitoring technologies, and the treatment of Polycystic ovary disease. 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 (Link iconENDIA).


General Business: 9am - 5pm weekdays

Contact Information

Head, Endocrinology and Diabetes
Professor Jenny Couper

Staff Specialists

  • Dr Jan Fairchild
  • Dr Elaine Tham
  • Dr Alexia Pena
  • Dr Jemma Anderson

Diabetes Nurse Educator (CPC) – Maree Thus

Endocrine Nurse (CPC) – Kate Williams


Level 2, Good Friday Building

Mailing Address

Endocrinology and Diabetes Centre
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide SD
South Australia 5006


Phone: (08) 8161 6402

Fax: 8161 7759

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last modified: 27 Jul 2018