Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Growth and Development Department

Growth and Development Program

The Growth and Development Program has been established at the WCH because of our committment to monitoring the progress and long term outcomes of very sick term and premature babies.

Premature infants enrolled in the programme include those with a birth weight of less than 1000 grams and/or gestational age of less than 29 completed weeks.

In addition term babies receiving therapeutic hypothermia are also enrolled.

The programme aims to:

  • follow the development of infants so that early and appropriate referral may be generated if help is required
  • relate the developmental progress of infants to obstetric and neonatal care to further benefit the care of premature infants in future generations.

Children will be reviewed at one again at two to three year, corrected age.

The Co-ordinator is the family liaison and organises medical and developmental assessments by a team which consists of:

  • Paediatrician for medical assessment, growth details and developmental testing
  • Psychologist for developmental testing and behavioural concerns
  • Testing of vision (will be referred for service)
  • Other paediatric specialists and Allied Health professionals as needed

Resources for families

WCH - Your Baby in Our Nursery booklet (879kb)

How to Access the Service

The program coordinator will contact families eligible to be enrolled in the program during the baby's stay in the Neonatal Nurseries.


The Coordinator can be contacted Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 4.00pm

Contact Details

Coordinator: Ros Lontis


Office: Queen Victoria Building, 1st floor, Zone F

Clinic Area 4 – Paediatric Outpatients Department (each Friday)

Mailing Address

Growth and Development Program
Neonatal Medicine
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006


Phone: (08) 8161 7963 or 8161 7000 (pager 4431)

Fax:     (08) 8161 7654

Email:  Health.CYWHS.GandD@sa.gov.au

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last modified: 01 Sep 2017