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Neurology (Neurological disorders, nervous system)


The Central Adelaide Neurology Service at Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) 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.

Please view the Neurology outpatient service in CALHN web page for more information.

Appointment location at RAH

Ground Floor
18 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000 (Building opposite side of the road to the RAH)

137 East Tce, Adelaide 5000 (from Wakefield Rd/Wakefield St) (Entry through door to the right of the premises)

Consultants at RAH

  • A/Prof Jim Jannes – Head of Unit
  • Dr Deborah Field
  • Dr Roula Ghaoui
  • Dr Jessica Hafner
  • Dr Michelle Kiley
  • A/Prof Thomas Kimber
  • A/Prof Timothy Kleinig
  • Dr Christopher Kneebone
  • Dr Craig Kurunawai
  • Dr Sharavanan Parasivan
  • Dr Janakan Ravindran
  • Dr Martin Robinson
  • Dr Joshua Mahadevan
  • Dr Edmund Cheong

Clinic schedules

Referrals to RAH

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.

** 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:

Fax: (08) 7074 6247

Telephone: (08) 7117 3009

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.

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

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.

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