Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Cleft and Craniofacial SA

Cleft and Craniofacial SA

Cleft and Craniofacial SA, SA (C&CSA), formerly known as the Australian Craniofacial Unit, is a multi-disciplinary team including craniofacial surgeons, anaesthetists, speech pathologists and nurse consultants who specialise in providing excellence in care for children with complex craniofacial conditions.

The C&CSA is based at Women's and Children's Hospital, however the Unit also provides ongoing specialist care into adulthood and for adult trauma patients at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

The Unit is recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Committee and conducts international education and research in Craniomaxillofacial surgery.

Who we help

Craniofacial surgery is concerned with the treatment of patients with rare and/or complex congenital or acquired anomalies which together affect the head and face.

Many people require treatment and support from birth to adulthood. Cleft and Craniofacial SA treats both children and adults.

Cleft and Craniofacial SA treats people with a wide range of craniofacial disorders such as:

  • Distortion of the skull and facial shape (craniosynostosis)
  • Cleft lip and palate deformities through to deep facial clefts
  • Facial growth anomalies
  • Tumours which require removal followed by reconstructive work
  • Trauma cases that require reconstruction.

Some conditions are present at birth, while others, such as tumours and malignant growths, may develop in later life.

History of Cleft and Craniofacial SA

The unit was established in 1975 as the Australian Craniofacial Unit and has played a role in training and developing surgeons from units across the country and overseas.

In September 1988 the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council officially designated the Unit a National Centre of Excellence.

In 2020 the unit’s clinicians identified a need to rename the service to better encompass the service’s current role and reflect its contemporary practices.

A rebrand enables to unit to differentiate itself ensuring consumers and donors are able to readily identify the services of the WCH team.

The clinicians felt that Cleft and Craniofacial SA was a modern interpretation of the existing brand and better encompasses the unit’s position as one of a number of highly regarded units across Australia.

last modified: 14 Jan 2021