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 Kangaroo Island, Mt Gambier, Port Augusta, 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

WCH page link iconSlipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

In children, there are growth plates (physes) at the junction between the head and neck of the thigh bone (femur) and also at the lower end of the bone. In later childhood, for reasons that are not completely understood, the head of the femur may slip downwards and backwards, like ice cream partially sliding off a cone. It is important that hip, thigh or knee pain is properly assessed to ensure that this condition is not missed. Treatment usually requires the insertion of a metal screw through a small incision to stop the head of femur sliding off.

WCH page link iconBroomstick plaster

A broomstick plaster is a cast used to keep the legs apart and the hip joint in a good position. It can be made of plaster of Paris, fibreglass or a combination of both.

WCH page link iconCollar and cuff

The collar and cuff holds your child's injured arm in the correct position for healing to occur. This is commonly used for fractures of the humerus bone.

WCH page link iconExternal fixators

An external fixator can be used for lengthening bones or to hold broken bones in place.

WCH page link iconHip Spica

A Hip Spica is a large plaster extending from under the armpits down to the feet. It is used to rest the child's hip/s to promote healing of the affected hip/s or secure a fracture in the thigh.

WCH page link iconLegg Calvé Perthes' Disease

Perthes disease is the name applied to a condition which affects the upper end, or head/ball, of the thigh bone, where the hip joint is.  In this condition, the growing part of the head goes through a series of changes, in which it softens, breaks up into fragments, and then gradually re-forms. Treatment often requires some restriction of activities while the hip is irritable. Occasionally treatment with broomstick casts, braces or surgery is required.

WCH page link iconSpinal Fusion

Spinal fusion is a procedure performed to treat severe scoliosis (curvature of the spine).

WCH page link iconPlasters

General information on care of your own or your child's plaster is contained in the Care of your Child’s Cast brochure.

WCH page link iconSpinal Surgery and Intensive Care

The information brochure is designed to help you become familiar with the care your child will receive whilst he/she is in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) following spinal surgery.

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).

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 WCH page link iconhip spica is needed.

Research Activity

WCH page link iconOrthopaedic Surgery Research Activities

WCH page link iconRecent Research Publications

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.

WCH page link iconClinical 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 iconBasic Science Research is funded by the Link iconBone Health Foundation, competitive funding bodies and the Department; it carries out fundamental research aimed at elucidating mechanisms of normal bone growth and bone growth disorders and developing biological treatments to induce growth plate cartilage repair. The understanding of the pathophysiology of skeletal disorders and fracture-induced growth arrest will generate a basis for strategic research in the use of growth factors and cells to repair growth plate fractures in children's bones. Dr Corey Xian coordinates the Basic Research and heads a team of Honours and PhD students.


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 Peter Cundy
Tel: 08 8161 7223
Fax: 08 81617057
Email: cywhs.orthoadmin@health.sa.gov.au


2nd Floor, Good Friday Building, adjacent to Rose Ward

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, Good Friday 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 Peter Cundy (Department Head)
Dr Paul Allcock
Dr Phillip Brook
Dr David Hermann
Dr Catherine Cartwright
Dr Mike Selby
Dr Nicole Williams
Prof Brian Freeman (Spinal Deformity)
Dr Jai Rawat
Dr Andrew Morris
Dr Luke Johnson
Dr Jakub Jagiello

Orthopaedic Clinical Practice Consultant

Kylie Webb

last modified: 06 Feb 2018