Neurology outpatient service in CALHN
The Central Adelaide Neurology Service provides inpatient and outpatient services for patients living in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) area who suffer from neurological disorders involving the central and peripheral nervous system.
Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)
Outpatient Department, Level 5E.1
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Port Road SA 5000
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH)
Outpatient Department, Area 2, Area 4
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
28 Woodville Road, Woodville SA 5011
|A/Prof Jim Jannes – Head of Unit
||A/Prof Jim Jannes – Head of Unit
|Dr Deborah Field
||Dr Roula Ghaoui
|Dr Roula Ghaoui
||Dr Jessica Hafner
|Dr Jessica Hafner
||Prof Simon Koblar
|Dr Michelle Kiley
||Dr Craig Kurunawai
|A/Prof Thomas Kimber
||Dr Martin Robinson
|Prof Timothy Kleinig
||Dr Cathy Short
|Dr Christopher Kneebone
||Dr Aaron Tan|
|Dr Craig Kurunawai
|Dr Sharavanan Parasivan
|Dr Janakan Ravindran
|Dr Martin Robinson
|A/Prof James Temlett
Refer your patient
Fax referral to us
We accept GP and specialist referrals to this service.
All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency. Patients who are unstable and requiring immediate assessment should be sent directly to the Emergency and Trauma Centre.
To refer your patient, firstly check the list of exclusions below, then if suitable, follow the outpatient service information, triage and referral guidelines, complete and fax a referral to us. For urgent referrals, also contact the registrar on call to discuss the case. Our registrars are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Please note the following general exclusions to CALHN Neurology and Stroke outpatient services:
Patients under 18 years old (refer to paediatric neurologist at the (Women’s and Children’s Hospital)
Patients already being assessed/treated for the same condition at another South Australian public hospital
Patients who are seeking assessment as part of an active Work Cover claim (refer to private neurologist)
Elderly patients requiring assessment/treatment of multiple complex medical problems (refer to Geriatric Medicine)
Patients requiring assessment/treatment of sleep disorders, including narcolepsy (refer to Respiratory/Sleep Medicine)
Patients requiring assessment/treatment for back or neck pain without focal neurological deficits and/or normal imaging (refer to Spinal Clinic or Pain Management Unit)
Patients requiring assessment/treatment for complex/longstanding pain disorders (refer to Chronic Pain Unit)
Patients requiring assessment/treatment for non-specific symptoms—such as feeling lightheaded, tingling or poor concentration—which may not necessarily be neurological in origin (consider referral to general physician if work up in primary care setting does not clarify things)
To allow us to prioritise patients who most need our specialist services, referrals which meet these exclusion criteria will not be accepted by our service.
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- Electroencephalography (EEG) and evoked potentials clinic (PDF 308KB)
- Epilepsy and first seizure clinics (PDF 250KB)
- General neurology (PDF 225KB)
- Memory clinic (PDF 307KB)
- Movement disorders clinic (PDF 221KB)
- Multiple sclerosis and Neuroimmunology clinics (PDF 224KB)
- Nerve conduction and electromyography clinic (PDF 382KB)
- Neuromuscular and peripheral neuropathy clinics (PDF 302KB)
- Neuropsychiatry clinic (PDF 2166KB)
- Stroke clinic (PDF 224KB)
- TIA rapid assessment clinic (PDF 217KB)
** If you are unsure which specialty clinic your patient requires, please refer to General Neurology and we will access you referral and redirect as needed.
To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results.
If you are concerned about any delay of the appointment or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, contact the Registrar on-call via the hospitals' switchboard telephone: (08) 7074 0000 (RAH) or (08) 8222 6000 (TQEH).
To make a referral:
|RAH||Fax: (08) 7074 6247||TQEH||Fax: (08) 8222 7188|
|Telephone: 1300 153 853||Telephone: (08) 8222 7020
Alternate care options
Many private neurologists in South Australia offer reduced fees for patients in financial hardship. Please consider private referral if your patient requires non-urgent neurological review or does not meet our strict triage criteria. Public outpatient waiting lists are frequently prohibitively long for these issues. This is due to the high demand for our services and the need to prioritise urgent cases.
Health Pathways South Australia is an online portal designed to be used by general practice at the point of care to guide best practice assessment, management and referral of common clinical conditions.
How to access this clinic
Referral from your general practitioner (GP)
You need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.
Your doctor will need to fax your referral letter to us. We will be in contact with you within clinically recommended times, depending on waiting list length. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time.
Please refer to the information sheets below for information regarding the outpatient service.
- Specialist outpatient clinics FAQs (PDF 255KB)
- Outpatient Clinic Appointments patient information and responsibilities (PDF 244KB)
Please refer to the outpatient map below and present to your designated clinic on the day of your appointment.
Useful links for further information
- Headache Australia
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke fact sheets
- Stroke Foundation