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 The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Education Service is informed by evaluation, emerging trends and new technology, with a whole of workforce perspective. Specialised programs ensure staff are highly qualified in service delivery and patient care.

Working in collaboration with key educational providers, including the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), universities, professional colleges and other educational agencies, the Network hosts and delivers key programs of paediatric and inter-professional focus.

Education and training opportunities from some of our ongoing providers can be viewed in the left-hand menu.

Other upcoming events and training programs are below:

Tuberculosis and the BCG vaccine seminar

Tuberculosis and the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine: global burden and Australian immunisation programs

When: Wednesday 26 July 11am-12pm
Where: Seminar Room 1 and 2, CMRI Building, 214 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead, NSW 2145

Light lunch will be provided

In this seminar we will hear from Professor Ben Marais on global TB disease burden issues and Dr Frank Beard on the BCG vaccine and evaluation of Australian immunisation programs.

Register here (for catering please)

Video of this seminar will be available on the NCIRS seminar series website in the month after the event

Professor Ben Marais is a paediatrician and paediatric infectious diseases specialist with an interest in global health. He is internationally renowned for his work on childhood and multi drug-resistant (MDR)-tuberculosis (TB). He serves on the executive committee of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Tuberculosis Control and is a founding member of the Australasian Tuberculosis Forum. He is a strong advocate for Australia to take a leadership role in coordinating enhanced TB and MDR-TB control efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. More broadly, as deputy-Director of the Marie Bashir Institute he works toward creating a dynamic multi-disciplinary research community in infection, immunity and biosecurity.

Dr Frank Beard is a staff specialist public health physician who heads up the coverage, evaluation and surveillance team at NCIRS and has a conjoint academic appointment as Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. He graduated in medicine from the University of Auckland and then worked as a GP in Sydney for 15 years before undertaking his speciality training. After becoming a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine in 2004, he moved to Queensland and worked for 8 years in the Communicable Diseases Unit. He joined NCIRS in 2013. His main interests are in the epidemiology of vaccine preventable disease and immunisation program evaluation.

Like more information?

Email salema.barrett@health.nsw.gov.au

Paediatric allergy workshop for nurses

This workshop will explain the basics of allergy and explore the latest research and treatments. The workshop is designed for nurses working in a range of clinical settings.

  • When: Wednesday 2 August 2017
  • Where: The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Lorimer Dods Lecture Theatre, Level 4.
  • Cost: $20 as donation to the Research Fund of the Department of Allergy and Immunology.



Session One Chair: Kathryn Mulligan



Kathryn Mulligan


Allergy 101

Briony Tyquin


Asthma Update

Tracey Marshall


Eczema Update

Danyi Dai


 Morning Tea

Session Two Chair: Kathryn Mulligan


Research Update

Carolina Valerio/Merilyn Macarthur


Allergy vs. intolerance

Wendy Birks


Infant feeding guidelines

Prof Dianne Campbell



Session Three Chair: Kathryn Mulligan



Rebecca Sertori


Immunisation Reactions

Karen Orr


Anaphylaxis Management in a primary health setting & the community

Margot Treloar/Kylie Hollinshead/Kath Mulligan


Case study/Panel Discussion

Interested in coming along?

Register now.

Like more information?

Email us.

28th Annual Susan Ryan Neonatal Seminar

The Vulnerable Brain in the Neonatal Unit: A Developmental Journey

We are privileged to have Dr Joy Browne from the NIDCAP Training Centre in Colorado, USA as a key presenter who will provide a challenging perspective on sounds in the NICU and the important role of the mother’s voice.

Topics range from protecting the developing neonatal brain during surgery to the stresses experienced by staff and families on the NICU.


  • Friday 4 August


  • Rydges Hotel Parramatta


  • Standard registration $200.00
  • Early bird $150.00 if registered by Friday, June 30
  • This event has a No Refund policy

Like to register?



Welcome – Opening Address


The Brain


The Vulnerable Brain

Himanshu Popat

Staff Specialist - Neonatologist


Challenges for Protecting the Neonatal Brain During Surgery

Justin Skowno

Senior Staff Specialist in Paediatric Anaesthesia | Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Sydney


Hypoglycaemia and the Brain: A Case Study

Alyssa Fraser

Clinical Nurse Educator

1000 – 1030

Morning tea

Sounds in the NICU


Rhythms in the Nursery: It Starts with Listening to Mum

Joy Browne

Director Colorado NIDCAP Training Centre, USA


Music as Therapy for Infants

Roxanne McLeod

Music Therapist - CHW


The Impact of Environmental Sounds in the



1200 – 1300




BWS + Stress = Statistics

Claire Galea

Mother to Nicola


Identifying Infant Stress: A Powerful Skill for


Kristen James Nunez

Nurse Practitioner – GCNC


Burnout and Traumatic Stress in NICU nurses

Peter Barr

Consultant Neonatologist


Panel – Reducing Stress

Facilitator: Kaye Spence Panel: Joy Browne, Claire Galea,

Peter Barr, Kristen James Nunez, Holly Murphy

1430 – 1500

Afternoon Tea



Support for infants during procedures

Nicola Whipp

Registered Nurse – NIDCAP Trainee GCNC


Parents perceptions of needs and support

Priya Govindaswamy

Clinical Nurse Educator – GCNC


Leading a healthy brain – staff support

Angela Casey

Nurse Manager – GCNC


Closing address



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Paediatric Postgraduate Weekend for General Practitioners

Course description

The Paediatric Postgraduate Weekend for General Practitioners is a two–day course for general practitioners. It is held on an annual basis with GPs attending from all over NSW. The course consists of a program with a wide variety of topics to update knowledge and skills in paediatrics for the general practitioner. The focus is to highlight current advances in research and practice and to cover changes in the management of paediatric problems.
The conference has been designed for maximum participation and interaction with participants. There is an emphasis on small group practical and case study sessions. Presentations provide a wide coverage of topics and opportunities for participants
to ask questions.


  • Saturday 5 August 2017 8.30am – 5pm
  • Sunday 6 August 2017 9.00am – 3pm


  • Lorimer Dods Lecture Theatre, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead


  • $297.00 if paid before 14 July 2017
  • $350.00 if paid after 14 July 2017
  • 1 day registration is available for $190.
  • Includes GST, conference notes, morning and afternoon teas and lunches.

Cancellation and refunds

  • Cancellations made prior to 24/07/17 will be charged $95.
  • Cancellations made on or before 28/07/17 will be charged a cancellation fee of $132.00.
    No refunds will be issued after 28/07/17.
  • Application for a refund must be made in writing and sent with the original receipt for conference payment.


  • Limited parking is available in the visitors’ car park.

Registration and program information

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Training Day

The FASD Training Day will be run by the CICADA Centre NSW FASD clinical team to empower GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, allied and mental health professionals to develop knowledge and skills in FASD.


  • Understanding the new Australian FASD diagnostic guidelines
  • Incorporating the guidelines in clinical practice
  • Developing intervention and support plans for people with FASD

When: Tuesday 8 August, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Where: Lorimer Dodds Lecture Theatre, The Children's Hospital at Westmead (level 4)

Full Registration closes 30 July and Early bird before 30 June.
For more information contact Jennifer Hort on 9845 2446 or Email: SCHN-CICADA@health.nsw.gov.au

FASD Training Day flyer and registration

Vaccines in Public Health workshop

  • When: 28-29 August 2017
  • Where: The Children's Hospital at Westmead

This course, run by NCIRS and University of Sydney, is available to any health professional interested in vaccines and public health.

Prior training or experience in epidemiology and/or biostatistics is recommended but not essential.

It is also an elective within the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master International Public Health (MIPH) programs at The University of Sydney.

The workshop includes interactive lectures and small group case studies on epidemiology, program implementation, Indigenous health, adverse events and public controversies presented by some of Australia's leading researchers in immunisation.

Registration applies for those not enrolled in a MPH or MIPH program of $1200 for two days or $600 (incl. GST) for one day.

For more information visit the VIPH 2017 workshop webpage.

Register here. Hurry as places are limited.

For further information on the content of the workshop, please email Dr Aditi Dey.

For administrative enquiries, please email NCIRS or phone +612 9845 1433.

NeoPaed Conference: 1 September 2017

Come along to the 4th NeoPaed conference held in conjuction with the PSN.

With an interesting lineup of speakers, this conference will provide insight into latest research with presentations on topics such as epigenetics, non invasive ventilation techniques, and strategies for putting family at the centre of care

  • When: 1 September 2017
  • Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney
  • Cost: Allied Health and Nursing AUD $155, Medical AUD $200

Like to see the program?

Ready to register?

Like more information?

Email us.

Grand Rounds at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

NSW Health employees outside the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network can access Grand Rounds online. Network staff should access via the intranet.