Educational Activities and Conferences
APS Annual General Paediatric Workshop
Since the mid 1990s, the APS has hosted a yearly educational workshop concentrating on a few relevant general paediatric topics. The meeting was traditionally been held as a satellite meeting to the RACP Annual Scientific Meeting/Congress. More recently the meeting has become stand alone with peer led interactive presentations with particular emphasis on the regional paediatrician and a strong social program to encompass partners and families.
On a second yearly basis, the meeting is held internationally. In 2017, the Australian Paediatric Society Workshop, entitled “Sharing Experiences in General Paediatrics” was held on the 14th to 21st May 2017 in Porto, Portugal. The meeting was an overwhelming success with over 40 delegates and a very high quality scientific program as well as practice management workshops. Topics included autism, foetal alcohol syndrome, behaviour, adolescent motivation obesity, immunotherapy, hearing loss, emergency issues, diabetes in schools, and fascinating case studies. We welcomed the President of the Portuguese Paediatric Society, Helena Jardim, who delivered an interesting and informative presentation on Paediatrics in Portugal. The social program was very popular. Many issues pertaining to general paediatrics in regional Australia were discussed and we have formalised APS Committees (rather than Working Parties) on Paediatric Diabetes, Paediatric Allergy, Regional Australian Paediatric Workforce and Selection into Training. Our grateful thanks to Jeff Prebble for his excellent work in organising the meeting.
The 2018 APS meeting supported the Hunter Paediatric Society meeting in Nth Queensland in late April 2018.
The 2019 APS meeting location is currently being planned with options being the Mekong Delta or Hawaii. Await further infromation!
APS Annual Diabetes Workshop The APS / ISPAD Diabetes Workshop for regional paediatricians and their diabetes teams is now the biggest child diabetes meeting in Australia, underlining the status of APS as being the peak Australian body for regional diabetes care. The workshops are co-branded with the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes – sharing the same ideals of science, education and advocacy – and enabling regional Australian diabetes teams access to ISPAD standards of care. The workshop covers modern care of all aspects of paediatric diabetes. Policy, position statements and future directions for regional diabetes care are discussed. Regional multidisciplinary team members are welcomed and encouraged to attend the workshop in an interactive and collegiate environment.
The APS / ISPAD workshops have welcomed many ISPAD members from around Australia in past years to present their expertise to Australian diabetes teams. Presenters have included paediatric diabetes specialists Bruce King (NSW), Don Anderson (NSW), Carmel Smart (NSW), Louise Conwell (Qld), Tim Jones (WA), Liz Davis (WA), Jan Fairchild (SA), Fergus Cameron (Vic), Phil Bergman (Vic), Neville Howard (NSW), Maria Craig (NSW), Geoff Ambler (NSW), Charles Verge (NSW), Shihab Hameed (NSW), and Craig Jeffries (NZ) and many leading diabetes educators, psychologists and exercise physiologists.
The 10th Annual Australian Paediatric Society / ISPAD Diabetes Workshop was held in November 2017 with the theme of “Managing problems in Type 1 Diabetes.” Over 200 delegates welcomed Lynda Fisher (USA), Peter Adolfsson (Sweden) and Joe Solowiejczyk (USA) along with leading diabetes experts from both regional and metropolitan Australia diabetes teams Australia. The workshop concentrated on strategies for recognising and addressing the myriad of difficulties in managing diabetes. The satellite workshop “Introduction to Insulin Pumps and CGM” on the afternoon of Thursday 2nd November targeted regional paediatricians and their teams or paediatric or endocrine trainees wanting to learn or upskill on those advanced technologies in diabetes care.
The 2018 APS ISPAD workshop will be held in Melbourne at Grand Hyatt on 9th and 10th November 2018.
Registration will open on the 26th June. We are very pleased to welcome Stephen Greene, former ISPAD president as our overseas guest!
APS /ISPAD E-learning courses for schools
Over 11,000 school aged Australian children live with T1D but only 27% currently reach international health targets. Optimal control of T1D throughout childhood significantly reduces risks of costly and life-shortening long-term health complications. Because the school day comprises over half of the child’s waking hours, optimal support and management MUST include school hours. Without adequate training and support, T1D can be daunting for both parent and school staff.
Generally, school staff are very enthusiastic to support children with T1D but are under-resourced. The necessary training has not been freely available, yet school staff must have adequate knowledge and training including safely and effective insulin administration and other adjustments required during school hours,
Because no options existed for flexible and cost-free diabetes school training the APS convened expert Health Care Professionals, parents and teachers including local and international ISPAD members and created e-learning modules based on international ISPAD guidelines. The result is a user-friendly, innovative, world-class resource that should make a real difference. The modules were endorsed by ISPAD because of the content based on ISPAD guidelines and the intent of providing the ISPAD ethos of science, education and advocacy. The APS/ISPAD e-learning school modules were launched in November 2017 and can be accessed free of charge at https://www.t1d.org.au
Since launch over 10,000 people have accessed the website and over 3000 courses have been completed. Those who successfully complete the courses receive a certificate.
The resource has been greeted with acclaim by families, teachers, adolescents with T1D, international diabetes experts, and Health Care teams in metropolitan and regional Australia. The resource has had a real message of advocacy and already engendered confidence in school staff to manage T1D. Improved school knowledge and understanding of T1D will have a positive impact and can improve the current poor outcomes for Australian children.
APS Allergy MasterClass Workshop
The fourth annual 2018 APS MasterClass workshop for paediatricians with special interest in allergy was held in Melbourne on Saturday 17th Feb 2018. This is an initiative of the National Allergy Strategy and the APS is working closely with ASCIA in a number of areas to up-skill regional paediatricians in allergy management.
APS Journal Club and Teleconferences
The APS Journal Club is held 6 times per year and chaired by Dr Michael Williams from Mackay. Members interested in joining the journal club are most welcome and can register their interest with Michael Regular APS Teleconferences are another valuable interactive learning tool The single theme phone teleconferences, chaired by Dr Mark de Souza are led by a tertiary specialist who is an expert in their field. Members interested in registering for the teleconferences should contact Mark Links to other meetings of interest