Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Disability Services

Disability Services

The Disability Services Unit of Disability and Complex Care is comprised of three programs:

Our Vision:

To ensure children who have complex health needs receive quality care and equal access to health, education and community services, in turn providing support for families, parents and carers.

Our Mission Statement:

WCHN Disability Services aims to provide best practice in health service delivery. We do this by working collaboratively to provide support to the child and family, liaising with health professionals and community service partners to maintain the health and wellbeing of children with complex healthcare needs and/or a disability. Our core values show care, respect, equality, compassion, inclusion and collaboration.

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

The WCHN Disability Access and Inclusion Plan identifies the actions and participation required to ensure an equity based approach to the provision of programs, services and facilities. WCHN is committed to creating an inclusive working environment for people affected by disability and we recognise that full inclusion of people with a disability in our health services and the community will require a shift in culture and attitudes.

PDF Document WCHN Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (260Kb)

Staff / Roles



Contact Number

Nursing Director, Disability and Complex Care

Jodie-Ann Hochuli

0458 112 366

Medical Consultant

Christel Burton

8159 9460

Access Assistant Program (AAP)

Administrative Assistant

8159 9400

RN Delegation of Care Program (RNDCP)

Referral Coordinators

8159 9481

MyTime Program


8159 9474

Access Assistant Program (AAP)

About the Service

The Access Assistant Program (AAP) provides trained staff to support students with complex health care needs and/or a disability to enable participation in government or non-government preschool or school.

In order to receive the health support required, AAP must receive a completed referral from the preschool or school Principal/Director and the parent/guardian.

The AAP work very closely with the RN Delegation of Care Program to support the training of staff.

Examples of support which may be required include:

  • Enteral nutrition, eg. gastrostomy, nasogastric
  • Airway management, eg. tracheostomy, BiPAP, CPAP, oxygen support and suction
  • Elimination support, eg. colostomy and catheter management
  • High health needs (complex seizure management)

To access AAP complete an Access Assistant Program and RN Delegation of Care Program referral form.


Word iconWCHN Disability Services Referral Form (273kb)

PDF iconAccess Assistant Program Flow Chart (303kb)

Fact Sheet

PDF iconAccess Assistant Program Brochure (167kb)


Call 81599 400 or email health.wchndisabilityservices@sa.gov.au

Disability Services - AAP Medical Consultant

About the

The Medical Consultant's role is to advise sites about the health care needs for a student with complex (2 or more interacting diagnoses). This may involve formulation of individual first aid plans, staff training towards health plans and advising sites where health is variable or health information is lacking.

The medical consultant also provides consultancy at the request of AAP nurses for clients within the AAP program.

The medical consultant sits on the Complex Client Case Review Committee, The Disability Services Safety and Quality Meetings and the Disability Services Leadership Meetings.

Contact Details

Ph: 8159 9400


Word iconWCHN Disability Services Referral Form (273kb)

PDF iconAccess Assistant Program Flow Chart (303kb)

Registered Nurse Delegation of Care Program (RNDCP)

About the service

The Registered Nurse Delegation of Care Program (RNDCP) is a community based program of the Women's and Children's Health Network. The RNDCP allows children with complex health needs and/or a disability to safely access community services including preschool/school, out of school hours care, child care, in home support and respite.

Role of RNDCP

The Registered Nurse (RN) works in partnership with the child and parent/legal guardian and other health professionals involved in the child's care to complete a health assessment.

The RN will assess and determine the level of care required by the child, ie. care provided by a health support worker, registered or enrolled nurse. This is reassessed at least annually.

The RN develops a health plan.

The RN conducts training session/s and individual competency assessments.

How to Access

Complete the WCHN Disability Services referral form below in consultation with both the Principal/Manager of the service providing support and in consultation with the child's parent/legal guardian. The referral form should be sent to Disability Services as detailed below.

If your child is eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), it is important that you inform your NDIS planner and have RNDCP added to your child's NDIS plan. You will need to complete the relevant NDIS details on the referral.


Word iconWCHN Disability Services Referral Form (273kb)

Fact Sheet

PDF iconRNDCP Parents' Fact Sheet (104kb)

Contact Details

Please contact us on 8159 9400 or
email health.wchndisabilityservices@sa.gov.au

MyTime Program

About the

MyTime is a facilitated peer support program for parents and carers of children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. Currently there are 26 groups across both metropolitan and regional South Australia.

MyTime groups are for parents and carers who want to connect with others and share their experiences. They provide unique support from other parents and carers who have "been there" or are "there right now".


  • helps parents and carers of young children to connect with each other to share experiences, information and ideas
  • helps parents and carers of young children to connect with local services and resources
  • offers parents and carers support while their children are entertained by a play helper.


MyTime is for parents and carers of children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition, who are eligible for the Carers Allowance Child (0-16yrs). Creche is available for under school aged children only.


Register your interest or find out more:

MyTime Manager  - Ph: 8159 9474

Link iconmytime.net.au

Fact Sheet

PDF iconMyTime Flyer (244kb)

Additional information:

WCH page link iconHealth Support Planning (Department for Education)

WCH page link iconRights and Responsibilities

WCH page link iconWCHN Consumer Engagement

WCH page link iconConsumer feedback options

last modified: 06 Feb 2019