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 will support the Hunter Paediatric Society meeting in Nth Queensland in late April with a satellite program and AGM on the weekend following the HPS meeting. Link : www.hpsociety.com.au
The 2019 APS meeting location is yet to be decided – possibly the Mekong Delta. Any suggestions please advise President De Souza.
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 cover 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 theme for the 10th Annual Australian Paediatric Society / ISPAD Diabetes Workshop in 2017 is “Managing problems in Type 1 Diabetes” which will concentrate on strategies for recognising and addressing the myriad of difficulties in managing diabetes. To be held at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November 2017. To register
The workshop welcomes both regional and metropolitan Australia diabetes teams with presentations from Australian leaders in Type 1 Diabetes and international guests Dr Lynda Fisher, Peter Adolfsson and Joe Solowiejczyk.
The provisional program can be downloaded here: Download
In addition, the 2017 workshop will conduct a satellite workshop “Introduction to Insulin Pumps and CGM” on the afternoon of Thursday 2nd November. This will target regional paediatricians and paediatric or endocrine trainees wanting to learn or upskill on those advanced technologies in diabetes care.
The 2017 ISPAD meeting in Innsbruk Austria will be held from 18-21st October and is accessed at www.2017.ispad.org
The 2018 APS ISPAD workshop will be held in Melbourne on 9th and 10th November 2018
APS Allergy MasterClass Workshop
The fourth annual 2018 APS MasterClass workshop for paediatricians with special interest in allergy will be 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.
The 2017 APS Allergy MasterClass was an overwhelming success with delegates rating it 4.6 out of 5 for satisfying clinical need. Connie Katelaris and Dianne Campbell provided wonderful presentations on aeroallergy, urticaria, introduction of allergenic foods and clinical allergy traps for paediatricians.
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