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

Growth and Development Programme

The Growth and Development Programme 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 and three years corrected age, and at five and seven years of 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, assessment of school readiness and performance, behavioural concerns and reading ability.
  • Testing of vision
  • Other paediatric specialists and Allied Health professionals as needed

How to Access the Service

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


The Coordinator can be contacted Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Contact Details

Coordinators: Ros Lontis & Meg Bater


Office - 5th Floor - Samuel Way Building

Clinic Area 4 - Paediatric Outpatients Department (each Friday)

Mailing Address

Growth and Development Programme
5th Floor Samuel Way Building
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 8644

Email:  cywhs.growthdevelopmentcoord@health.sa.gov.au

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last modified: 05 Oct 2011