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Ear, nose, throat, head & neck surgery (Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery)


The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) provides inpatient and outpatient services for patients living in the central Adelaide region. 

Services are also provided to patients referred from rural and remote areas.

The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery provides care to those who suffer from:

  • ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders
  • salivary gland disorders
  • pharynx tonsil and adenoid problems
  • and neck masses and inflammation.

The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery is a recognised centre of excellence for the treatment of head and neck cancer. It is also internationally recognised for its work in sinus and skull base surgery.

It also serves as the major tertiary referral centre for remote areas including the Northern Territory, Broken Hill, Mount Gambier, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Whyalla, the far West Coast of South Australia and Mildura.

Otorhinolaryngology at the RAH provides a 24-hour on call service for the central Adelaide region. A consultation and surgical service for RAH inpatients is also provided.

Specialty services provide by the department include:

Head and Neck

  • All benign and malignant pathology – including salivary gland, thyroid and vascular pathologies
  • Tumour board meets weekly
  • Specialists in natural orifice surgery – robotics and laser
  • Voice and swallow clinics (including HD narrow band imaging capabilities)
  • OSA and snoring (monthly multidisciplinary meeting)
  • Voice reconstruction (including local anaesthetic vocal cord medialisation clinic)
  • Local anaesthetic voice prosthesis placements for laryngectomy patients.


  • Skull base techniques
  • Complex Otology
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo.


  • Endoscopic salivary duct surgery 
  •  Nasal, sinus, ear, throat, general adult surgery.
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