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Paediatric Professional Development

  • The Centre for Community Child Health Paediatric Professional Development Program (PDP) provides practical information about developmental-behavioural paediatrics in an engaging format to community paediatricians.

    The two-day program consists of four workshop-style sessions, with practical application for paediatricians working in their communities.

    The theme each year is based on a needs analysis with feedback and advice from those attending. The program uses multidisciplinary and cross-professional speakers, with presentations based on real cases and active participation of those attending.

    The Paediatric Professional Development Program is coordinated by Associate Professor Gehan Roberts, Associate Director of Clinical Services, Centre for Community Child Health.

    2017 program - Save the Date!

    The 22nd Annual Professional Development Program for community paediatricians – Practical skills in developmental-behavioural paediatrics – will be held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October 2017 at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.

    This year’s PDP focuses on a common theme in community and developmental paediatric practice: ‘Working with uncertainty in a changing world’. 

    We plan to discuss topics such as managing aggression, defiance and irritability, evidence-based approaches to children with learning challenges, and advocacy for our patients and their families as NDIS rolls out across Australia. We hope you can join us over the two days, and you will be able to participate in interactive sessions, grounded with clinical cases, and facilitated by experts in the field of developmental paediatrics, psychiatry, psychology and education.

    Registrations will open in June with further details to come.

    Please direct any queries to Melissa Hirst (


Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.