Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Paediatric Anaesthesia

Paediatric Anaesthesia

Welcome to the Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia at the Women's and Children's Hospital. We are the only tertiary paediatric anaesthesia department in South Australia providing elective and emergency anaesthesia for over 12,000 procedures per year, a 24 hour trauma service and an WCH page link iconacute pain management service.

We have WCH page link icon23 Consultant Anaesthetists, 3 Senior Registrars, 5 Registrars and 2 Nurse Consultants who are dedicated to providing our patients with outstanding peri-operative care. We anaesthetise children for all paediatric surgery subspecialties excluding complex cardiac surgery. We are closely allied with our colleagues in the Department of WCH page link iconWomen's Anaesthesia.

Our department is committed to the teaching and training of all aspects of paediatric anaesthesia to fellow anaesthetists, other medical practitioners, nurses and paramedical professionals and is the centre of paediatric anaesthesia training for the South Australian Northern Territory Rotational Anaesthesia Training Scheme. We have a WCH page link iconSenior Registrar Program offering both Australian and international anaesthesia registrars the opportunity to undertake a paediatric anaesthesia fellowship.

We are dedicated to contributing to excellence in WCH page link iconanaesthesia research and are proudly associated with the University of Adelaide.

Information and Resources for Families

Most children who have surgery at WCH are admitted via WCH page link iconDay of Surgery Admissions. Here they will meet one of our anaesthetists who will do a pre-anaesthetic assessment, formulate a safe anaesthetic plan for your child and give you and your child an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Some children may need to see an anaesthetist prior to the day of surgery. If so, your surgeon will refer your child to our department and one of our anaesthetists will contact you prior to surgery.

WCH page link icon'My Trip to Hospital' videos

WCH page link iconDay of Surgery Admissions

WCH page link iconInformation About Overnight Stay

WCH page link iconInformation About Day Surgery

On-line Museum

We have anaesthesia equipment of historical interest, on display in our WCH page link iconon-line museum.


General Business 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

Contact Information

Unit Head
Dr Todd Maddock

Administrative Assistant
Silvana De Rosa


3rd floor, Rieger Building

Mailing Address

Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia    5006


Ph (08) 8161 7231
After hours (08) 8161 7000 pager 3643 - Duty Anaesthetist
Fax (08) 8161 7020


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last modified: 06 Feb 2018