John Hunter Children's Hospital Orthpaedic Service delivers a primary and specialist care service to children and young people within the Hunter New England Local Health District. Orthopaedics services provide a 24 hour, acute, tertiary level service for injuries and conditions affecting bones, muscles & joints.

The Department has a multidisciplinary team, consisting of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons', Paediatric Orthopaedic Registrars, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and a Clinical Nurse Consultant.

Orthopaedic Clinics

Paediatric Orthopaedic Clinics are provided by Associate Professor Eric Ho and Dr Sandeep Tewari, along with a Clinical Nurse Consultant.

Paediatric Orthopaedic services treat children from from 0-18 years of age and those who live in the Hunter New England Local Health District area and Northern NSW.

The Paediatric Orthopaedic Service treats children with musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, which include:

  • Congenital
  • Genetics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Metabolic
  • Neurological
  • Oncology
  • Spinal
  • Trauma

There are a range of specialty clinics for:

  • Hip monitoring/treatment
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Talipes Equinovarus (Club Foot)
  • Spina Bifida
  • General Orthopaedic Conditions

No appointment can be made without a referral. Appointments will be allocated after assessment by an Orthopaedic Specialist.

Referrals may be made to:
JHCH Paediatric Outpatient Department
Level 2, John Hunter Children's Hospital
Lookout Road
New Lambton Heights
Hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Telephone:  (02)49 213750
Facsimile:  (02)49 223904


The Royal Newcastle Centre
For trauma and non-elective related orthopaedic follow-up appointments for patients disharged from John Hunter Children's Hospital who are not Professor Ho or Dr Trewari patients.
The Paediatric Orthopaedic Registrar conducts a paediatric fracture clinic on Tuesday afternoons.

For appointments please contact:
Referral Management Centre (outpatient clinic appointments)
Royal Newcastle Centre
Lookout Road
New Lambton Heights
Hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Telephone:  (02)49 223912
Fax:  (02)49 213301

There are also other clinics for individual Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Appointments can be arranged by phoning the same number and requesting a clinic appointment under your child's particular surgeon.

Programs and Services We Offer
  • Bone & Extremity Tumours
  • Club Foot & Foot Disorders
  • Deformity Correction in Lower Limbs
  • Genetic Skeletal Disorders
  • Growth Disturbances
  • Hip Screening & Treatment
  • Infectious Diseases Therapy
  • Limb Lengthening
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Disorders (including cerebral palsy)
  • Spinal Disorders and Scoliosis (including bracing)
  • Trauma & Fracture Treatment

Paediatric Orthopaedic conditions treated at John Hunter Children's Hospital:

  • Achondroplasia
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Brittle bone disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chondrodysplasia
  • Club feet
  • Congenital Talipes Equinovarus
  • Connective Tissue Dysplasia
  • CTEV
  • Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
  • Dwarfism
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Flat Feet
  • Foot Surgery
  • Fractures
  • Genetic disorders
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Intoeing
  • Klinefelter Syndrome
  • Klippel-feil Syndrome
  • Marfan
  • MRSA
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Oncology
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Perthe's disease
  • Pigeon toe
  • Posterior Medial Release
  • Rare chromosomal disorders
  • Rickets
  • Scoliosis
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Short stature
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal conditions
  • Subtalar Fusion
  • Talipes Equinovarus
  • Tarsal Coalition
  • Tendon Lengthening
  • Tendon Transfer
  • Transient Synovitis
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Triple Arthrodesis
  • Tumours