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Training and resources for clinicians

  • 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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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.