Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides consultation and management services for all children's orthopaedic (bone and joint) conditions including all congenital or acquired musculoskeletal problems and musculoskeletal trauma. The Department has particular expertise in musculoskeletal deformities, fractures, hip dysplasia, club feet and scoliosis.

Outreach clinics operate in Mt Gambier, Darwin and Alice Springs. The Department co-operates closely with the Orthopaedic Surgery departments at Flinders Medical Centre, Lyell McEwin Hospital and Modbury Hospital.

How to access the service

Consultation is by referral either through General Practitioners, WCH Children's Emergency or other medical staff within the Hospital.

For Orthopaedic Outpatient Clinic appointments call (08) 8161 7399.

Information for Families

PDF iconAnkle Sprains  (334kb)

PDF iconBow Leg and Knock Knees in Children  (135kb)

PDF iconBuckle Fracture in a Splint  (148kb)

PDF iconCellulitis  (241kb)

PDF iconClavicle Fracture  (272kb)

PDF iconCollar and Cuff  (231kb)

Link iconDevelopmental dysplasia of the hip

Developmental dysplasia of the hip refers to a spectrum of conditions where the ball and socket of the hip joint fail to form properly. It is more common in female babies, first-born children, breech babies, children with a family history and babies who are wrapped (swaddled) with the legs together. Treatment depends on the age of the child as well as other factors and can include a splint or surgery. Sometimes a hip spica is needed.

PDF iconEpiphysiodesis and Guided Growth  (380kb)

PDF iconExternal Fixators  (583kb)

PDF iconFlat Feet  (144kb)

PDF iconGallows Traction  (208kb)

PDF iconHip Spica Cast – Standard  (143kb)

PDF iconHip Spica Cast – Water-resistant  (147kb)

PDF iconIn-toeing in Children  (133kb)

PDF iconK-wires / Fracture Pins in Arm Injuries  (112kb)

PDF iconOsgood Schlatter Syndrome in Children  (120kb)

PDF iconOsteomyelitis  (271kb)

PDF iconPerthes' Disease  (510kb)

PDF iconPugh's Traction  (290kb)

PDF iconSeptic Arthritis in children  (233kb)

PDF iconSlipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis  (223kb)

PDF iconSpinal Fusion – Information sheet for surgery  (515kb)

PDF iconSupracondylar fractures – complex  (253kb)

PDF iconSupracondylar fractures – simple  (153kb)

PDF iconThomas Splint Traction  (116kb)

PDF iconTibialis Anterior Tendon Transfer  (351kb)

PDF iconToe-walking: Physiotherapy Information for Patients, Parents and Carers  (205kb)

PDF iconTransient Synovitis Information Sheet  (335kb)

WCH page link iconUltrasound

Ultrasound is a method of making pictures of people without using x-ray. Short pulses of this sound are sent into the body, and when the echoes bounce back, they are used to build up a picture of the inside of the body (much like a very complex sonar).

PDF iconVarus De-Rotation Osteotomy (VDRO)  (356kb)

PDF iconYour child's cast – standard  (189kb)

PDF iconYour child's cast – water resistant  (341kb)

PDF iconYour child's cast – soft cast  (159kb)

Research Activity

WCH page link iconOrthopaedic Surgery Research Activities

The Research Team at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Women's and Children's Hospital comprises orthopaedic surgeons, doctors-in-training, medical and research/higher degree students. It is supported by a Clinical Research Manager and Research Scientist.

The Department has a long track record of internationally recognised research activity and publications including basic science and clinical research investigating a range of paediatric musculoskeletal conditions. 

Current areas of interest for the Research Team at the WCH Department of Orthopaedics include mechanisms of bone growth and repair, paediatric musculoskeletal infections, the management of congenital and developmental musculoskeletal deformities such as scoliosis, hip dysplasia and lower limb deformity, and paediatric trauma.

Clinical Research aims to provide the benchmarks for clinical audit and quality management issues to be undertaken in a structured manner. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has a high clinical workload, which enhances the opportunities for organised clinical orthopaedic research. The Department's Clinical Research Manager, Dr Nicole Williams coordinates the Research programme. Contact 08 8161 7059, email CYWHSOrthopaedicVMO@health.sa.gov.au.


WCH page link iconKate Hill Ward

WCH page link iconCampbell Ward

WCH page link iconAdolescent Ward

WCH page link iconPaediatric Day Unit


General Business 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Contact Information

Unit Head

Head, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Professor Nicole Williams
Tel: 08 8161 7223
Fax: 08 81617057
Email: cywhs.orthoadmin@health.sa.gov.au


2nd Floor, Queen Victoria Building

Mailing Address

Referrals Only

Please send to:

Admin Hub
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006
FAX: 8161 6246

Surgical Correspondence and Enquiries

Orthopaedics Department
Level 2, Queen Victoria Building
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006
Fax: 8161 7057


OPD Appointment Bookings and Enquiries

(08) 8161 7399

Department or Surgical Enquiries

Ph (08) 8161 7223

Email cywhs.orthoadmin@health.sa.gov.au

Email cywhs.orthopaedicsurgerysecretary@sa.gov.au

Orthopaedic Surgeons

A/Prof Nicole Williams (Department Head)
A/Prof Peter Cundy
Dr Paul Allcock
Dr Phillip Brook
Dr David Hermann
Dr Catherine Cartwright
Prof Brian Freeman (Spinal Deformity)
Dr Jai Rawat
Dr Andrew Morris
Dr Luke Johnson
Dr Jakub Jagiello
Dr Aaron Stevenson

Orthopaedic Clinical Practice Consultant

Kylie Webb
Kory Horwood

last modified: 13 Apr 2021