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Craniofacial Service

The Craniofacial Clinic at the Queensland Children’s Hospital provides multi-disciplinary care for children with a congenital or acquired craniofacial abnormality/condition. The clinic brings together a range of highly experienced specialists including (but not limited to):

  • plastic and reconstructive surgeons specialising in craniofacial surgery
  • neurosurgeons
  • orthodontists, specialist dentists and oral health technicians
  • speech pathologists
  • geneticists, genetic counsellors (not present at all clinics)
  • ophthalmologists (not present at all clinics)
  • paediatricians (not present at all clinics)
  • other specialists including respiratory physicians, ear, nose and throat surgeons, social workers and psychologists are accessed via onward referral
  • clinical nurses.

These specialists provide a comprehensive assessment and expert treatment of abnormalities of the skull and face.

  • If you have any concerns about your child’s care please contact the craniofacial clinical nurse on 07 3068 4321 or via email at
  • If your child has been seen by a speech pathologist at Queensland Children’s Hospital and have any concerns or questions please contact the Speech Pathology Outpatient Department on 07 3068 2375 or via email at
  • If you have any concerns about your child’s surgical recovery including pain management please contact 07 3068 1111 and ask to speak to the on-call plastic surgery registrar.
  • If your child has been seen by the Oral Health Team at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and you have any concerns or questions about your child’s oral health care please call 07 3068 2280.
  • If you have any general health queries, please contact your general practitioner (GP) or 13 HEALTH (13 432584).

Who can access this service?

To be eligible for review in the Craniofacial Clinic at Queensland Children’s Hospital, children must have an apparent or suspected craniofacial abnormality or condition.

Catchment area

This service is available to all Queensland children and children from northern New South Wales.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals are accepted from:

  • general practitioners
  • public and private paediatricians
  • other medical specialists.

Referrals may be accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday. The referring doctor can contact the Craniofacial Clinical Nurse if they wish to discuss the referral 07 3068 4321 or via email at

Information for health professionals

From 1 May 2019 referral criteria will apply at CHQ. This condition has minimum demographic and essential clinical referral information that is required to be included prior to submission of the referral. Visit the CPC website for the required condition. If you are unable to provide the required “essential information” please state the reason when you submit the referral.

Useful links

Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme
Baby’s head shape article

Our team


Dr Yun Phua MBChB, FRACS (Plast)

Senior Medical Officers

Dr Richard Lewandowski MBBS, FRACS (Plast), FRACS (Gen Surg)
Dr Susan O’Mahony MBBS MPhil MD FRACS (Plast)
Dr Richard Theile MBBS, FRACS (Plast)

This service is available at

Surgical (3b)
Queensland Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

Craniofacial Service

t: 07 3068 4321
f: 07 3068 3799

Craniofacial Clinic Clinical Nurse Co-ordinator
PO Box 3474
South Brisbane Qld 4101

Surgical Outpatients Department (3b)

The Craniofacial Clinic is located within the Surgical Outpatients Department.
t: 07 3068 2739
f: 07 3068 3469

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 7.30am-3.30pm.

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Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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