Metabolic Clinic

Metabolic Clinic

The Metabolic Clinic aims to make children and adults with metabolic problems as healthy as they can be, treating each person as an individual, but part of a family and society. We work in partnership with families to provide the best possible care.

The Clinic provides a multidisciplinary service caring for children and adults who are born with problems caused by missing enzymes affecting their metabolism, and also with children and adults whose doctors suspect they might have a problem. The Clinic looks after most of the children in South Australia who have problems picked up by the Newborn Screening Test.

The Clinic is run by a team of highly skilled specialists including metabolic doctors, dietitians, psychologists, social workers and nurses who have been trained to look after people with metabolic disorders.

How to access the service

Paediatric Clinics are held at the WCH Paediatric Outpatient department (1st Floor Rogerson Building).  Appointments for the Paediatric Clinic can be made by phoning the metabolic office on (08) 8161 7295 or email

Adult clinics are held at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Outpatients department (9th Floor) on the first and third Friday mornings of each month.  Appointments for the Adult Clinic can be made by phoning the level 9 Outpatients Clerks on (08) 8222 5174.

Information for Families

You should receive a letter with details about the time and place for your appointment, please note the clinic area as this may change between appointments. If this time is not suitable, please phone either the Metabolic Clinic office on (08) 8161 7290 for the Paediatric Clinic or (08) 8222 5174 for the Adult Clinic.

If your appointment is at the Women's and Children's Hospital and you have been seen at the hospital and provided us with a mobile number then you may receive a reminder SMS in the week leading up to your appointment.

You will need a referral letter from your doctor before your appointment. The letter will outline your doctor's concerns and reasons why they feel you need to see a metabolic physician.

Your first visit will take about an hour. If you or your child have not been seen at the Women's and Children's Hospital before you will need to allow extra time before the appointment to visit the Patient Registration Office where you will be asked to complete a patient registration form and be issued with a hospital file and unit record number.

You will need to bring your Medicare card and also the name and address of your General Practitioner if you have one. Please also bring your child's Personal Health Record (blue book).

Sometimes blood and urine tests or x-rays will be needed.  Details about your family's health will be taken and a family tree will be usually drawn.

All patients are bulk-billed to Medicare, and you will be asked to sign a Medicare form during the appointment, there will be no out of pocket expenses.


If you have been sent a diet diarybefore your visit, please complete it as best you can and bring it to the appointment.  This makes it easier to check your child’s current diet against their needs.

PDF iconDownload Diet Diary (295kb)


PDF iconThe Metabolic Clinic (82kb)

PDF iconCarrier Testing for Cystic Fibrosis  (71kb)

PDF iconCongenital Hypothyroidism (139kb)

PDF iconGalactosaemia Fact Sheet  (98kb)

PDF iconMedium Chain Acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency  (MCAD) Parent Fact Sheet

PDF iconMedium Chain Acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency  (MCAD) Physician Fact Sheet

PDF iconScreening Tests for your New Baby  (180 kb)

PDF iconIntelligence and executive functions in children and adolescents with Phenylketonuria (PKU) (33kb)

Research Activity

The Metabolic Clinic are currently involved with an international multicenter trial on the use of an experimental chaperone in the treatment of Fabry disease in adults.


General Business:  8.30am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday

There is a 24-hour on call mobile phone system for the Metabolic Clinic, which can be accessed after hours by patients and doctors ph 0417 815 971.

If you have problems with this phone, call the Hospital switchboard on (08) 8161 7000 and ask for the Metabolic On-Call Doctor.

Contact Information

Unit Head

Dr Drago Bratkovic, MBBS FRACP HGSA (Clinical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics)
Head, Metabolic Unit


4th Floor, Rogerson Building

Mailing Address

Metabolic Unit
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006


Ph (08) 8161 7295

Fax (08) 8161 7100

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