Sydney Child Health Program

The SCHP is an online, graduate-entry, continuing professional development program of study in paediatrics.

Sydney Child Health Program (SCHP)

The comprehensive program has been running since 1992 for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals and aims to enhance knowledge, skills and confidence in treating children and young adolescents.

The SCHP vision is “Healthier Children Globally” and our mission is to empower healthcare professionals treating children and young people globally with best practice in paediatrics. This program is provided by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and endorsed by the University of Sydney. It is offered throughout Australia and in more than 25 countries internationally.

SCHP has close ties with collaborating institutions in Australia and internationally to support evidence-based program content, delivery and education to our audience.

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Course duration

The SCHP is a one or two year, part-time program.

Course content

The annually-updated webcasts deliver best-practice, evidence-based content across all sub-specialty areas from neonates to young adolescents.

Webcasts include learning outcomes, notes, recorded presentations and interactive self-assessment questions.

Two learning streams are available, depending on location, which culminates with final examinations in August or December. 

In countries outside Australia, local paediatricians contribute an additional one-hour tutorial per week to provide local adaptation, known as “Collaborative In-Country Learning”. This incorporates a combination of specific additional information of relevance to the health of children and young adolescents in each region, building on content from Australian medical experts. 


There are four assessments: two case reports, one oral exam and one written exam in August or December depending on the location of study.

Final examinations are offered in more than 25 centres throughout Australia and more than 50 centres in established international countries.

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