Australian Paediatric Society

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.

The 2019 APS meeting  in Hawaii in late June 2019 was a resounding success. Excellent clinical presentations and workshops on rural health, workforce and training were very productive.

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. International guests have included Lynda Fisher, Stu Brink, Julie Edge, Peter Adolfsson, Joe Solowiejczyk, and Stephen Greene.  Local Australasian contributors have included paediatric diabetes specialists Bruce King (NSW), Don Anderson (NSW), Carmel Smart (NSW), Louise Conwell (Qld), Jerry Wales (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), Craig Jeffries (NZ) and Martin De Bock (NZ) and many leading diabetes educators, psychologists and exercise physiologists.

We encourage regional Australian paediatricians to join the wonderfully inclusive and supportive ISPAD www.ispad.org

 The 2019 APS ISPAD Diabetes Workshop was held in Newcastle NSW in October 2019. We welcomed Ragnar Hanas from Sweden who delivered inspiring presentations of managing the first year after diagnosis actively and intensively and how Sweden has improved outcomes for children with Type 1 Diabetes. We are passionate to improve the current poor outcomes in Australia and seek collaboration from all stakeholders to work together for our patients.

The meeting resolved to

  1. Aim for target HbA1C of < 6.5%
  2. Aim for blood glucose targets at school of 4 – 8mmol/l
  3. Unanimously rejected the Diabetes Australia Tier 2 model for generic education rather than individualised school education and training to school personnel responsible for that child.
  4. Unanimously accepted for APS to follow ISPAD guidelines to resource and encourage treating medical teams to educate and train schools staff  and develop a three way relationship between parent, school and treating medical team.

APS /ISPAD E-learning courses for schools

Over 11,000 school aged Australian children live with T1D but less than 15% currently reach revised international health targets of HbA1c <7%. 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 are the first in the world to use the Moodle Platform to augment diabetes education and  training for school staff.

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 30,000 people have accessed the website and over 10,000 courses have been completed by over 6000 registrants. Those who successfully complete the courses receive a certificate.

The resource has recently been awarded the 2019 ISPAD prize for diabetes innovation.

Evaluation of the T1D e-learning modules was presented at ISPAD 2018. The novel 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 have been demonstrated to  improve the current poor outcomes for Australian children.

The T1D Learning Centre has also launched the Parent Guide for best practice diabetes management at School.

  • This advocacy document for parents is produced and endorsed by the Australian Paediatric Society to understand how they may access best practice Type 1 Diabetes management for their child at school. The clinical guidance is based on International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) standards
  • The guide also aims to assist parents with their human rights, including privacy and confidentiality and informed consent issues
  • It is available at https://www.t1d.org.au/diabetes-at-school/a-parent-guide

The Guidelines for the use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) in Australian Schools  is designed to provide a reference document for best practice using ISPAD and ADA guidelines. This document is a useful reference document if there are concerns raised regarding CGM use in schools. It is available on the T1D Learning Centre website at https://www.t1d.org.au/diabetes-at-school/cgm-in-schools-aps-position-statement

To complete the full suite of T1D management at school, the T1D Learning Center  has also launched the Clinician Guide for Training School Personnel on International Best Practice Type 1 Diabetes care in Australian schools. 

  • The Clinician Guide, created by Australian clinical experts, aims to empower treating medical teams with a tool based on ISPAD guidelines, that provides clinicians with a framework to work constructively with schools and to assist the school to fulfil its duty of care to students with T1D.
  • The clinician guide will assist the treating medical team to train school personnel to execute prescribed complex clinical care and/or insulin administration/supervision during school hours following informed parental consent.
  • The Clinician Guide assists the treating medical team to meet their professional, legal and ethical obligations to their patients by identifying key principals and compliance requirements
  • It is available at https://www.t1d.org.au/diabetes-at-school/a-clinician-guide

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APS Allergy MasterClass Workshop

The 6th Annual 2019 APS Allergy MasterClass  workshop for paediatricians will be held at Park Royal Melbourne Airport on Saturday 15th Feb 2020. This  workshop 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.

It is an interactive case based workshop for general paediatricians (and allergy nurses) interested in allergy. This year’s workshop will include renowned allergist Ray Mullins kindly acting as one of the  resource  experts.

The program includes a wide variety of allergy issues relevant to the general paediatrician  including food pollen allergy, immunotherapy, insect sting allergy, NAS prevention of allergy, teen allergy, and  update on anaphylaxis.

The format allows easy fly in fly out or stay on in Melbourne  for the weekend. Morning and afternoon tea and lunch is provided.

The program  can be downloaded here Download

PLEASE BOOK SOON !! To book,  please go to  https://apsallergy.eventbrite.com.au

Articles for pre-reading are attached here:Download, Download, Download, Download, Download

This link is also pre-reading: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaip.2019.11.007

The APS Submission to Federal parliament is here: Download

with supplementary submission here: Download