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Adolescent Medicine

Phone:9845 2446
Fax:9845 2517
Location:Off Ward Street, level 1


The Department of Adolescent Medicine provides inpatient and outpatient services to adolescents and their families at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. The Department's multidisciplinary team includes adolescent physicians, social workers, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists and youth art workers. Clinical services at the Department are provided to young people accepting referrals for new patients under 16 years of age. Older adolescents 16 years and over can continue to be seen for ongoing management with transition to adult care planned for 18 years and over.


The Department of Adolescent Medicine provides comprehensive multidisciplinary health care and health promotion for young people so that they may grow and develop to their full potential.


Complex Adolescent Service

Multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of complex symptomatic adolescents eg chronic pain syndromes, post viral fatigue syndrome.  

Medical and psychosocial assessment, individual and family support, rehabilitation to school, occupational therapy (relaxation, organisation, stress management advice), cognitive-behavioural and family therapies.

Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in Adolescent Medicine

Chronic Illness Management/Transition Service

Consultation/Liaison service with subspeciality teams to facilitate chronic illness management and transition to adult care.

Subspecialties teams are encouraged to consult with the Department of Adolescent Medicine for advice around adolescent self management, adherence to therapy and complex case coordination.

Transition to Adult Care

Refer to Transition Services webpage.

CHIPS - Chronic Illness Peer Support Program

Group program providing support for young people living with chronic illness. Facilitated and based in Adolescent Medicine - pls phone Katie Wagner - 9845 2446  to discuss referrals of young people to the program. CHIPS offers peer support with a group program, social activities and annual camp.

Eating Disorder Service

Based in Adolescent Medicine in conjunction with Psychological Medicine providing joint medical and psychiatric assessments of new patients with ongoing individual and family work by Psychosocial team.

Outpatient Clinics every Thursday.

Maudsley Family Based Treatment

Intensive family therapy is provided for families whose adolescent has been in the eating disorder inpatient program upon discharge.

Adolescent Weight Management Service

Based in Adolescent Medicine with medical, CNC, Psychosocial and Dietician support. Clinic targets adolescents with BMI>30-35.

Groups are run throughout each school term throughout the year. Individual and family assessment is undertaken prior to involvement in treatment or research programs.

1st and 3rd Monday of the month.

Child and Adolescent Gynaecology Clinic

Based in Adolescent Medicine with Adolescent Gynaecologists, Adolescent physicians and psychosocial support as needed. Focussing on gynaecology issues associated with chronic illness, developmental disability as well as general adolescent gynaecology.

2 Fridays per month

At Risk Youth

Outreach Clinic staffed by Adolescent Medicine's Medical Staff in a community setting which offers basic needs, medical, psychiatric, counselling and educational support.

Pls contact High Street Youth Health Service (HSYHS) Harris Park - 9687 2544


Teenlink is a health service for young people, aged 8 to 16 years living in Western Sydney with a parent undergoing drug and alcohol treatment.

Children of substance-using parents are at high risk of a range of adverse outcomes, including substance use.  Mainstream programs have had limited success in engaging these vulnerable young people and addressing their health and wellbeing needs. It is in this context that the enhanced health service concept of Teenlink has been successfully operating for over a decade. 

For every child and family assessed by Teenlink, management plans are developed and implemented which identify and targets their unique issues: addressing individual risk factors and building upon strengths.

Service of Addiction Medicine for Youth (SAMY)


SAMY is the adolescent drug and alcohol service at CHW, where a staff specialist and a psychologist provide clinical services to adolescents who are using drugs or alcohol, including:

  • Prompt assessment of inpatients, ED referrals and other outpatients
  • Ongoing outpatient care
  • Education of patients and their families
  • Prevention, brief interventions and harm minimization strategies
  • Individual and family therapy and
  • Management of health and other consequences of substance use.

Case management is co-ordinated with other specialties when indicated.

Groupwork Program

 Groupwork program provides a regular group for all hospitalised adolescents each afternoon in Adolescent Medicine. Young people have the opportunity to participate in creative activities with their peers and supported by the groupwork team.

Youth Arts Program

The Youth Arts Program is based in the Department of Adolescent Medicine and provides hospitalised adolescents with the opportunity to work creatively with the departments Artists. Patients can be seen individually or as part of the groupwork program which runs most weekday afternoons.

Please visit our webpage to see current and past projects Youth Arts

For more information and referrals contact the artists Natalie Anderson or Elise Franke on 9845 2446

For the groupwork program referrals contact Gavin Harrison on 9845 2446


  • Assoicate Professor Susan Towns - Dept Head and Senior Staff Specialist
  • Professor David Bennett - Senior Staff Specialist
  • Associate Professor Michael Kohn - Senior Staff Specialist
  • Dr Anthony Zehetner - Staff Specialist - Teenlink
  • Pofessor Kate Steinbeck - Chair in Adolescent Medicine
  • Tina Cunningham - Executive Assistant for Chair in Adolescent Medicine
  • Dr Joanne Morris - Honorary Staff Specialist
  • Dr Bronwyn Milne - Staff Specialist - SAMY Addiction Medicine/Gynae
  • Dr Catherine Silsbury - SAMY Locum
  • Dr Marilyn Paull - Staff Specialist
  • Ronalda Hoffman - Senior Social Worker
  • Andrew Wallis - Clinical Specialist Social Worker
  • Alexandra Rushworth - Clinical Psychologist
  • Amy Cubitt - Senior Social Worker
  • Jessica Wiese - Occupational Therapist
  • Melanie Wilson  Clinical Nurse Consultant
  • Popi Zappia - Psychologist (Teenlink and SAMY)
  • Natalie Anderson - Arts Coordinator
  • Elise Franke - Arts Coordinator
  • Katie Moore (Wagner) - CHIPS Coordinator
  • Shelley Finlayson (Lennox) - PA to Clin A/Prof Susan Towns
  • Jeanelle Wood - PA to Clin A/Prof Susan Towns
  • Crystal Hamstead - Secretary
  • Dani Tegg - Receptionist
  • Cindy Quinell - Receptionist
  • Dr Kim Matthews - Head Gynaecologist
  • Rachel Skinner - Adolescent Physician, Gynaecology Clinic
  • Rotating Adolescent Obesity Registrar/Registrar - pager 6743

For referrals or enquires please phone Adolescent Medicine - 9845 2446


The Children's Hospital at Westmead Adolescent Services comprise

1. The Department of Adolescent Medicine

2. The NSW Centre of Advancement of Adolescent Health

3. The Academic Department of Adolescent Medicine

4. Wade Ward: Adolescent Inpatient Ward

Associated links are:

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Last updated: Friday, 20 September 2013

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