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

Telehealth Services at the WCH

The Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH) is a major teaching and research hospital, with many internationally recognised researchers and practitioners.

The WCH has over 350 beds and a staff in excess of 2000.

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital is committed to the development and use of innovative information technology strategies that improve service delivery and advance the health of women, children and adolescents. These strategies include Telehealth, incorporating Telemedicine and the Internet.

The Hospital is committed to developing relationships with other key agencies, within South Australia, Australia and also around the world for

  • health promotion consultation
  • clinical consultation
  • teaching excellence
  • peer education
  • consumer information.

WCH Telehealth Services

The Women's and Children's Hospital offers Telehealth Services for external users as well as hospital staff. The Queen Victoria Lecture Theatre is available which can accommodate 130 people, a Telehealth Room which houses 30 or a number of smaller rooms suitable for 2-3 people. Our video-conferencing equipment has the capacity of running at 128, 256 or 384 kbts/sec and incorporates a document camera, data projector and a desktop computer with the ability to hook into the laptop. Video playing and recording equipment is also available. Bookings can be made by contacting the Telehealth Coordinator, Jason Li on 8161 7228 or health.telehealthwch@sa.gov.au.

Examples of Telehealth being undertaken at WCH

A multidisciplinary weekly meeting of Perinatal Clinicians whereby management plans are developed for patients with ultrasound-demonstrated problems during pregnancy - these sessions involve regular links between our clinicians at the Women's and Children's Hospital and country and interstate practitioners.

Another regular session consists of weekly problem solving sessions for 5th year medical students in their obstetric rotation - this videolink is between the city and students rotating through country areas of South Australia.

The SA RANZCOG training programme for registrars is also held on a weekly basis. Each presentation relates to a different topic which enables the trainees rotating through the country to continue their participation in the training programme

WCH staff as well as private practitioners have the opportunity to link into healthcare courses conducted by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. These bridges originate in Melbourne or Sydney and most disciplines are covered.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are frequent users of the video-conferencing equipment within the WCH. They also have machines located in suburban teams within Adelaide and a number of machines in rural and remote areas of South Australia. Psychiatric assessments are conducted successfully over this medium, as is supervision, education and training as well as clinical liaison and peer support between country and city counterparts. CAMHS has had extensive experience in training and education. An example of this work is a Rural Health Support, Education and Training Program (RHSET) funded project undertaken in 1998-2000 called Bringing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Rural Communities

Principal Contact: Mr Philip Robinson

Mr Philip Robinson is responsible for the development of Telehealth services at the Women's and Children's Hospital and the establishment and evaluation of new services using this technology.

Philip is Director of Telehealth Services, Women's and Childre'’s Hospital. Philip is a clinical psychologist by profession who has extensive management experience in both community and hospital settings.

Philip uses Telehealth as a means of working with a range of communities and users in Australia. Philip is also responsible for the development of the Women's and Children's Hospital World Wide Web site and is also leading the development of extensive mental health promotion resources on the Internet.

For enquiries, please contact Philip Robinson:

Director, Telehealth Services
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia, 5006
e-mail: philip.robinson@sa.gov.au
Tel.: 61 8 8161 7389
Fax.: 61 8 8161 7371

last modified: 24 Aug 2020