Exceptional achievement by Respiratory Function Unit at CHW

In a rare feat, an entire team of paediatric respiratory scientists at the Network have passed  the Certification of Respiratory Function Scientist (CRFS).

Kids from across NSW with rare or complex diseases rely on the team of four to do important physiological tests which monitor their lung function.

“Our new knowledge will help improve our decision making process with which tests to include and exclude to get the best result for the patient,” respiratory scientist Brooke Bailey said.

Beth Weldon, Brooke Bailey and Merilyn John have now joined their manager, Brendan Kennedy's level of certification after successfully completing the prestigious CRFS exam. It is a great accomplishment for all team members to now hold this qualification.

“This is truly a massive achievement for them personally, our department and the network,” said Clinical Professor Hiran Selvadurai, the Department Head of Respiratory Medicine at The Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW). 

The team, based at CHW, work with children who are being treated for complex asthma, cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, anatomical abnormalities to the chest wall and ongoing lung disease.

“Now that we have the knowledge from this certification we can be more involved in discussions with the kids multidisciplinary care teams about how our testing can help them prescribe more targeted treatment,” said Ms Bailey.

The CRFS exam is gruelling and requires a pass mark of more than 80 per cent.

“It took up to about 80 hours of study over the last few months. We were lucky because we were able to study together, that was really beneficial to how we passed,” said Ms Bailey.  

The team will now use their knowledge to support other researchers and attend conferences across the world to further the knowledge of others.