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 will be held in Newcastle NSW on October 11/12 2019. The registration for delegates is now open! If you know a healthcare professional who you think would be interested in attending, please refer them to the following page: https://aps19.eventbrite.com.au

The 2019 APS/ISPAD program can be downloaded here; Download

The program has recognised some flights out of Newcastle leave early afternoon so the content has been rearranged to start a little earlier than usual (8am) on Saturday. The Saturday afternoon session will therefore be a little less formal and more interactive  – discussing  technology, apps and sharing experience of who does best using which technology.

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.

APS Allergy MasterClass Workshop

The fifth 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.

The APS Allergy MasterClass Workshop is an interactive workshop for general paediatricians with special interest in allergy or with an intention to develop such an interest.

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