Study with us

Our hospitals partner with The University of Sydney and The University of NSW to provide opportunities for medical students to gain vital experience in paediatric health care. Together they:

  • teach medical students
  • supervise postgraduate research students
  • work co-operatively with the hospitals in the development of research activities
  • provide postgraduate training and education.

Clinical School at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

The Clinical School is a department of the Faculty of Medicine of The University of Sydney located within The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The School is responsible for over 300 students in the Graduate Medical Program, over 70 postgraduate students (research and coursework) and a large team of volunteer teachers, tutors and examiners comprising medical and allied health staff both within and external to the hospital.

The Clinical School has 30 staff involved directly in teaching, education and research activities and has an operating budget of over $3M.

Teaching

As a leader in medical education and medical education research, activities include exploring evidence-based methods of teaching, curriculum development, placements coordination for elective students and junior medical staff, management and coordination of postgraduate students and their supervisors, and the establishment of a successful Masters in Medicine (Paediatrics) course delivered online.

Research

The School also offers clinical and research staff an opportunity to apply for conjoint and clinical titles and provides teaching and professional development opportunities and manages grants, scholarships and fellowships with the Hospital’s Research Office.

The Clinical School encompasses graduate training areas including: epidemiology of childhood disorders, social and psychological aspects of child development, genetics research encompassing morphologic, biochemical and molecular genetic investigation of disorders in children, vaccination, obesity, neuromuscular disorders, infectious diseases, indigenous health, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Key people

A number of research areas of strength within the Hospital include translational research programs led by Clinical School Academic Staff. These include:

Achievements

All grants submitted by University affiliated staff and conjoints are administered through the University. These initiatives allow research activity undertaken at the Hospital to be captured by the University, which in turn results in the generation of additional revenue for the University, the Hospital and researchers. It results in a change in culture with increasing numbers of clinicians participating in research, teaching and education, and a vibrant and productive environment attracting new research partnerships. This will be greatly enhanced through an investment in expanding clinical trials capacity and a shared Hub building—initiatives involving the University and Clinical School, the Hospital and Westmead Research Hub partners.

Clinical School at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick  

The University of NSW partners with Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick to deliver world-class Paediatrics training.

The Discipline of Paediatrics is part of the wider School of Women’s & Children’s Health and UNSW Medicine. It is involved in the teaching of undergraduate medical students, the supervision of Honours and postgraduate candidates, including those studying for a PhD, Masters of Science, and a Masters of Medicine at Sydney Children’s Hospital. The Clinical School supports and encourages the research activities of clinical academics, hospital scientists, allied health, and nursing staff at the hospital.

Location

Located at the Randwick Hospital Campus, the heart of the Paediatric Clinical School is at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. Teaching and research extends to campuses at the Royal Hospital for Women, St George, Bankstown and Liverpool hospitals.

The School contributes to the teaching of paediatrics at Sutherland and Campbelltown Hospitals, and regionally at Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie, and Coffs Harbour Base hospitals.

Teaching

The undergraduate Medicine Program at UNSW is divided into three phases. In the first phase, students complete a six-week clinical communications program with Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In phase 2, students spend half the six-week teaching period in Paediatrics, followed by an independent learning project. In phase 3, students complete an 8-week teaching period in Paediatrics. During both phase 2 and 3, students attend the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and other UNSW teaching hospitals in Sydney and regional NSW. 

The independent learning experience promotes lifelong learning patterns and skills which enable students to approach future medical challenges in their careers with a detailed knowledge of the formal processes of research, literature appraisal, data collection, analysis and presentation.

The Paediatric Clinical School teaches 750 undergraduate students across all phases and supervises approximately 30 Honours/Independent Learning Plan students. 

Research

The UNSW Clinical School is undergoing an exciting transition with new positions for paediatric research at the Randwick Campus. The aim is to stimulate and develop research by increasing publication quality output and grant income with the ultimate goal of improving children’s health outcomes.Researchers contribute nationally and internationally through

Researchers contribute nationally and internationally through novel and innovative discoveries and interventions in behavioural sciences, cancer, endocrinology, genetics and genomics, immunology and infectious diseases, neonatology, nephrology, neuroscience, population health, and respiratory, as well as other priority-research areas.

There are approximately 55 higher-degree candidates pursuing their research in various areas of paediatrics. The largest higher-degree research student load is carried by Children’s Cancer Institute Australia which, although an independent institute, enrols its research students in the UNSW Paediatrics program.

Key people

Professor Adam Jaffe is the John Beveridge Professor of Paediatrics, and the Associate Director of Research, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, Randwick. 
The Discipline of Paediatrics currently has 21.6 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) research and teaching or teaching-only academics, along with a combination of clinical academics and lab-based hospital scientists.

Behavioural Sciences

Biostatistics / Epidemiology

  • Kylie-Ann Mallitt

Cancer

  • Dr Tao Liu
  • Dr Jenny (Yingzi) Wang
  • Dr Vittorio Orazio

Endocrinology

Gastroenterology

Genetics / Genomics

Haematology

  • Dr Susan Russell

Neonatology

  • A/Prof Kei Lui

Nephrology

Neurosciences

Respiratory

The Discipline of Paediatrics currently has 283 conjoint appointed staff. Of these, 71 engage in teaching-only activities and 212 engage in both research and teaching.
Conjoint staff are defined as hospital employees who have an honorary appointment at UNSW, and approximately two-thirds of the research output is generated from UNSW Conjoint staff. Conjoint staff contribute greatly to undergraduate teaching and supervision of ILP and Higher Degree candidates. 

Achievements

In 2012, Discipline of Paediatrics researchers were named as chief investigators on 30 successful competitive funding applications. These grants totalled over $6.3 million. 
This amount reflects grants administered by UNSW and is the total amount awarded to both academics and conjoints of the Discipline of Paediatrics (including those employed by Children’s Cancer Institute Australia). Funding organisations included the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, National Institute of Health, United States, Cancer Institute NSW, Anthony Rothe Memorial Trust, UNSW, Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia, and The Balnaves Foundation.

Postgraduate training in paediatrics

This postgraduate course in paediatrics is for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. In Australia and Hong Kong, it is known as the Diploma in Child Health (DCH) and in other countries as the International Postgraduate Paediatric Certificate (IPPC).

The DCH/IPPC vision is to provide affordable, managed access to an international standard of current best practice for doctors and suitably qualified nurses who care for children and young people worldwide.

This program is awarded by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and The University of Sydney and offered throughout Australia. In Western Australia, the DCH is awarded in association with  Princess Margaret Hospital and in South Australia with the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide.

The course began at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in 1992. The Hospital moved from its Camperdown location in 1995 and became known as The Children's Hospital at Westmead. In 2010, The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network was established.

The DCH/IPPC is a one-year part-time program with course work with annually updated lecture units and assessment. Lecture units are delivered via webcasts and include learning outcomes, lecture notes, recorded presentations and self-assessment questions. Two learning streams are available, depending on location, which culminates with examinations in August or December. In our international locations, local paediatricians contribute an additional one hour tutorial per week to provide local adaptation, known as Collaborative In-Country Learning.

Examinations are offered in multiple centres throughout Australia and around the world include China, India, Cambodia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tonga, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Mongolia. Health care professionals around the world can study the latest evidence-based recommendations for prevention, management and treatment.

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