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 while Australia lags far behind with conservative intransigence whih is unacceptable for our patients.

The meeting resolved to

  1. Aim for 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 school education to be delivered by Diabetes Australia employees and unanimously accepted to follow ISPAD guidelines of resourcing and encouraging the  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 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 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 24,000 people have accessed the website and over 8000 courses have been completed by over 4500 registrants. Those who successfully complete the courses receive a certificate.

The resource has recently been awarded the 2019 ISPAD prize for innovation.  The resource evaluation was presented at ISPAD 2018. It 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 Center has launched the Parent Guide for best practice diabetes management at School. This is an advocacy document that empowers parents with their legal rights (disability and discrimination, consent and privacy)  but encourages them to work constructively and  in cooperation with school personnel and treating medical team. The parent guide can be downloaded at www.t1d.org.au

The APS has also developed a Position statement on Continuous Glucose Monitoring at school, based upon ISPAD and ADA guidlines. Also available on the T1D Learning Centre website www.t1d.org.au

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.

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