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Craniofacial surgery (Cleft and Craniofacial SA)


Cleft and Craniofacial SA 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.

For more information, please view the Cleft and Craniofacial SA outpatient services in CALHN webpage.

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.

Please Note: Cleft and Craniofacial SA treats both children and adults.

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Demographic Clinical
Date of birth Reason for referral
Contact details (including mobile phone) Duration of symptoms
Referring GP details Relevant pathology and imaging reports
Interpreter requirements Past medical history
Medicare number Current medications

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