Comments from the Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade:

Reports in The Advertiser this morning about changes to the Australian Craniofacial Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital are incorrect. 


While there was a leadership transition in 2017, there has been no change to the models of care or high-quality service the unit provides.

The Unit provides up to 15 placements for international patients per year, paid for the State Government. We provide treatment free of charge, together with accommodation, living expenses and some transport. That service availability is unchanged.

Only yesterday, the Government Gazette reaffirmed that the treatment will continue to be free for humanitarian cases.

Following Professor David David’s well-earned retirement and a robust recruitment process for his replacement, Dr Mark Moore was appointed the new Medical Unit Head in 2017.

Like Dr David, Dr Moore is well-regarded for his humanitarian work. 

I am confident that the proud tradition of the Craniofacial Unit performing this work will continue under Dr Moore’s leadership.

Visiting Medical Specialists are appointed to contracts of 3 years. At the end of the financial year, all current Visiting Medical Specialists appointments concluded and new appointments commenced. I have received advice that the recruitment and selection process was conducted on merit-based process. These processes are subject to normal reviews.

The Australian Craniofacial Unit is a multi-disciplinary team and has a mix of surgical specialists to perform the range of procedures required.

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