Victorian Training Program in Community Child Health
This 12-month fellowship is based at the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne; an accredited Program of Excellence in community child health. Our program provides strong clinical and theoretical training in developmental-behavioural paediatrics, essential for Advanced Paediatric Trainees who plan to specialise in community child health or to work as consultant general paediatricians.
The Victorian Training Program in Community Child Health's (VTPCCH) learning objectives are aligned closely with the RACP's Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) training philosophy: we aim to provide trainees with a supportive learning environment with a trainee-centered supervision model. Fellows will develop individual learning goals for the year and will be paired with mentors with expertise in clinical practice, population child health research, public health and policy development, and program development and evaluation. We hope that the graduates of our program will progress to not only be expert developmental-behavioural clinicians but also the next generation of academic community child health paediatricians
The program is based at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, and we cooperate closely with Monash Medical Centre, Barwon Health, Goulburn Health, and Sunshine Hospital. Fellows have community placements in North-West and South-East metropolitan Melbourne.
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Paediatric Professional Development Program
The Centre for Community Child Health’s Professional
Development Program (CCCH PDP) has been teaching Practical skills in developmental-behavioural paediatrics to community
paediatricians for the last 20 years.
The Centre for Ambulatory Paediatrics and Community Child
Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital has always had well-established training
programs in developmental-behavioural paediatrics for paediatric trainees and
general practitioners. In 1995, we identified a gap – with ever increasing
numbers of children and families with developmental-behavioural concerns
seeking paediatric care, many practicing paediatricians wanted to further
develop their skills in in this field.
We developed the concept of a 2-day program consisting of 4
workshop style sessions, with practical application for paediatricians working
in their communities. The theme each year was based on a needs analysis with
feedback and advice from those attending. Our principles were to use multidisciplinary
and cross professional speakers, with presentations based on real cases and
active participation of those attending.
The early programs had about 25 participants each year, with
many returning every year as old friends. Joining us are paediatricians from
metropolitan Melbourne, regional and rural Victoria, interstate and New Zealand
and Asia. The group has grown to about 60 participants in recent years.
Past topics have included ADHD, Autism, Learning difficulties,
the health/education interface, behaviour problems, mental health, psychotropic
medications, infant development, continence, hearing loss, disabilities,
advocacy and many more. Our invited speakers have included paediatricians,
psychiatrists, allied health and education colleagues, parents and young
people. Our participants have a lot to contribute, and we have learned how
important it is to leave plenty of time for robust discussion and comment.
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