Who we are

Orthopaedics is the medical speciality that manages injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints and ligaments.

Orthopaedics Department provides planned surgical and non-operative care for children with more complex orthopaedic conditions, as well as emergency management of orthopaedic issues that require immediate attention.

Conditions we manage

Paediatric orthopaedic presentations suitable for treatment and management at PCH include (but are not limited to):

  • Open and closed fractures 
  • Joint dislocations 
  • Spinal injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Infections requiring acute orthopaedic intervention, including soft tissue, chronic or acute osteomyelitis, and septic arthritis
  • Limb reconstruction
  • Neurovascular injury
  • Limb deformity correction
  • Congenital talipes equinovarus
  • Other congenital or acquired foot deformities
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • Perthes disease
  • Slipped upper femoral epiphysis
  • Scoliosis and spinal deformity
  • Bony and soft tissue tumours
  • Osteochondral defects of the knee
  • Patello-femoral pathology.

Services we provide

Our team provides unplanned (emergency) management of paediatric orthopaedic injuries and presentations, which may be low, moderate or high complexity and planned orthopaedic services for all paediatric patients with orthopaedic conditions.

PCH Orthopaedics also provides follow-up care for children in regional areas via Telehealth.

For more information on preparing for your child's hospital stay please refer to the parent information under Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine.


PCH Orthopaedics only accepts referrals from your child's general practitioner (GP), specialist practitioner or child health nurse (for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) cases only). HealthPathways provides additional information for GPs on the management of common orthopaedic conditions and referral criteria for PCH Orthopaedics.

Referrals for fracture management and DDH can be made directly to our department.

All referrals will be assessed by a PCH Orthopaedic clinician and will be prioritised according to clinical need.

For urgent cases, please attend the PCH Emergency Department.


8.00am to 4.30pm Monday – Friday.

Emergency and inpatients, all hours.


Inpatient services: Ward 1B on Level 1

Best lift to use: Green

Outpatient clinics: Clinic C on Ground Level

View the PCH map for more information.


Phone: 6456 3913 

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