Physiotherapy - Children
The Physiotherapy service provides high level physiotherapy assessment, advice and management for patients of the Women's and Children's Health Network. This includes a community physiotherapy service. Professional development for staff is strongly supported, to ensure physiotherapists are able to provide the best current treatment options for their patients.
Services are provided to patients attending specialist clinics, who are admitted to the hospital or who are referred for outpatient management. Patients may also be referred for management in the hospital's hydrotherapy facility.
Regular outreach services to the Northern Territory are conducted. Staff are continuously involved in research and service improvement activities.
Senior physiotherapy staff are involved in the education and oversight of students from the University of South Australia. The service provides approximately 80 student placements per year.
A community physiotherapy service is also provided.
Respiratory Physiotherapy Unit
Physiotherapy staff within the Respiratory Physiotherapy Unit provide assessment, advice and management for a variety of conditions / presentations including:
Services are provided to patients who are
Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Unit
The Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Unit provides assessment and management for a variety of musculoskeletal presentations. In collaboration with Orthopaedic Surgery, the physiotherapy staff from the unit are the only recognised providers of club foot management in South Australia. The unit contributes to the state wide approach to burns and scar management for children, and provides outreach services to the Northern Territory.
Orthopaedic physiotherapists assess, diagnose and manage patients
Orthopaedic physiotherapists provide inpatient/outpatient treatments and hydrotherapy services for individuals and groups.
Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapy Unit
Physiotherapy staff within the Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapy Unit assess, manage and provide referral services for movement dysfunction in children with neurodevelopmental, neurological and neuromuscular impairments such as:
Early education and therapy is provided for premature babies to aid their development. Therapy begins in neonatal intensive care and continues through outpatient care. Children receive therapy individually or attend groups including 'Babyswim', 'Fizzygym' and Minimal Motor Dysfunction Group. Rehabilitation services are provided via the Paediatric Rehabilitation Unit.
How to access the service
For children with an orthopaedic condition, referrals are only accepted from accredited medical practitioners of the WCH.
For all other problems written referrals are accepted from WCH doctors, private paediatricians and general practitioners. We will let you know your appointment time once we have received the referral.
Ground floor, Good Friday Building
Ph (08) 8161 7381
Fax (08) 8161 7040
last modified: 12 May 2016