Network recognised for Australia's only nurse led outpatient burns clinic for kids

As International Nurses Day fast approaches, the Network is celebrating the achievements and invaluable contributions our nurses make to the community.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) Madeleine Jacques, on behalf of the Kidsburns Team at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, has been recognised this week as a finalist in the prestigious HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards.

Nominated in the ‘Team Excellence’ category, Kidsburns is a 24-hour state-wide burns referral and consultation service which provides remote specialised advice and burns management guidance to clinicians anywhere in NSW.

“As a Nurse Practitioner led service, we are able to holistically and comprehensively guide patients and families through the often stressful and daunting phase of acute treatment as they navigate their journey to healing,” said NP Madeleine Jacques.

“…while decreasing travel time, cost and family unit disruption.”

The initiative, established in 2008 and recently expanded into regional NSW’s Murrumbidgee Local Health District, echoes this year’s International Nurses Day theme A Voice to Lead: health for all. 

“The CHW burns team has worked tirelessly to not only maintain the Kidsburn service, but to now also roll it out in a regional centre.”

“It’s hoped we can create equitable access by progressively rolling it out across the whole of NSW.”

Since Kidsburns’ inception the service has experienced significant growth, with the number of occasions of service increasing from 350 in 2009, to more than 2,300 in 2017-18. More than 160 of these patients were referred to CHW from Murrumbidgee LHD, with around 95 per cent of these able to receive treatment locally due to the expansion of Kidsburns.

“We have established relationships with clinicians throughout the state and in-turn their level of skill, expertise, confidence and competence in minor burn management is exponentially increasing.”

“We are making a difference.”

Ahead of 2019 International Nurses Day on Sunday 12 May, Ms Jacques offered advice for budding nurses pursuing a career in child health.

“Go in with an open mind and take every opportunity that comes up for you. Find something you love and are passionate about – then follow your heart.”

  • The Network’s Westmead campus hosts the sole tertiary referral service in NSW for paediatric burn injuries.
  • Services a population of more than 1.8 million children living in an area of around 800,000 square kilometres.
  • The Kidsburns service was established in 2008 by Dr John Harvey and Nurse Practitioner Kelly Waddell after finding a large percentage of patients visiting the Westmead burns service were travelling from rural and remote areas of NSW for minor burns treatment.

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