Cleft and Craniofacial SA outpatient service in CALHN

Cleft and Craniofacial SA (C&CSA), formally known as the Australian Cranial Facial Unit, is dedicated to the humane delivery of Health care to patients with craniofacial conditions, by pursuit of excellence in the clinical, scientific and educational disciplines necessary to advance the treatment of those so affected.

The fundamental purpose of the unit is to ensure that patients can ultimately assume a place in society with renewed hope and restored dignity.

Craniofacial surgery is concerned with the treatment of patients with rare and/or complex congenital or acquired anomalies which together affect the head and face.

Cleft and Craniofacial SA treats people with a wide range of craniofacial disorders such as:

  • distortion of the skull and facial shape (craniosynostosis)
  • cleft lip and palate deformities through to deep facial clefts
  • facial growth anomalies
  • tumours which require removal followed by reconstructive work
  • trauma cases that require reconstruction.

Some conditions are present at birth, while others, such as tumours and malignant growths, may develop later in life

Cleft and Craniofacial SA believes that a multidisciplinary approach is the cornerstone of patient care and provides the best outcome for patients with craniofacial disorders. This approach gives an opportunity for all aspects of patient care to be considered when making decisions regarding future treatment and resultant outcomes.

Appointment location

Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)

Outpatient Department, Level 3, Wing 6.
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Port Road SA 5000

Consultants at RAH

  • Mr Mark Moore – Head of Unit
  • Professor Peter Anderson
  • Mr Walter Flapper
  • Mr Vani Prasad Atluri

Clinics at RAH

  • General consultant outpatient clinics operate Wednesday morning at 9.00 am.
  • Trauma clinic operates Thursday morning at 8.00 am

Cleft and Craniofacial SA treats both children and adults. For paediatric cases, and more information on cleft and craniofacial conditions, please refer to the  Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

GP information

Refer your patient

Fax referral to us

We accept GP, private specialist and other health professional referrals to this service.
Any adult who would like an opinion or is concerned about their facial appearance is eligible to attend. A medical referral is required.

All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency.

For urgent referrals please contact the craniofacial fellow on (08) 7074 0000.

To make a referral

Fax or email the referral letter to Cleft and Craniofacial SA.
Fax: (08) 7074 6247
Telephone: (08) 7074 2390

Essential referral content

To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details.


  • date of birth
  • contact details (including mobile phone)
  • referring GP details
  • interpreter requirements
  • Medicare number


  • reason for referral
  • duration of symptoms
  • relevant pathology and imaging reports
  • past medical history
  • current medications

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Patient information

How to access the clinic

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. Once this referral has been received an appointment or schedule of appointments is arranged.

Please refer to the information sheets below for information regarding the outpatient service.

Please refer to the outpatient map present to your designated clinic on the day of your appointment.