Current Projects

The Multi-Topic Survey (MTS) is an amalgamation of several short surveys on important member-nominated topics into a single omnibus Survey. The MTS 2017 includes topics of antibiotic use in children, chronic tics and Tourettes syndrome, and constipation.

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Past Projects

This was the first APRN project shortly after the APRN was established. The Delphi process involved two stages to identify research priorities of Australian paediatricians. We asked members to tell us what are their top research questions (maximum of 3 questions per paed). We then sent members a list of the topic 20 questions and asked them to rate each question from very important to not important to their clinical practice.

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CAPS (2008-2009) was a snapshot of the case mix of Australian paediatricians. Data collection took place in November-December 2008. All APRN members who see children in private and/or public rooms were asked to record de-identified information for each patient they saw over a two-week period. Data was collected on over 8,000 consultations!

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The 2011 Multi Topic Survey had 5 topics lead by Australian paediatricians. The survey included long-term outcomes of ADHD, obesity management, learning problems, hearing screening and melatonin use.

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The 2011 Multi Topic Survey had 3 topics led by Australian paediatricians including two advanced trainee projects; managing unsettled babies, IgE mediated food allergy and E-Learning.

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This member-proposed project developed and piloted an online training and clinical decision support package for community paediatricians, to effectively manage simple food allergy in non-hospital settings.

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This member-proposed project collected information from over 400 Australian families about their experiences at the time of their child’s recent ASD diagnosis: from the timing of diagnosis, to the information they received, and the therapeutic services they access now.

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The aim of this member-proposed project is to investigate pubertal development in girls with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to see if the age of menarche is affected by stimulant medication and to correlate any deviations from normal with the rate of growth in height and weight and the dose and duration of medication.

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The 2013 Multi-Topic Survey had 3 topics led by Australian paediatricians; Autism Spectrum Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Oral Health. There was also a short section on E-health.

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The second National audit of paediatric casemix by the APRN was conducted in 2013 for a two week period in November. Data was collected on over 7,000 consultations! We have recently published the results in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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The Australian Paediatric ADHD Study (APAS) aims to recruit children and adolescents (3 – 17yrs) with newly diagnosed ADHD to investigate families' journey toward the diagnosis, paediatrician assessment and management practices, and children's comorbidities and functional impairments. We will follow these children over a number of years, collecting data from paediatricians, parents, children (over 12) and teachers.

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The APRN is replicating the first National Delphi study conducted in 2007, and will be inviting all APRN members to take part. The Delphi involves asking members what their top research priorities are and generating the top 20 research priorities of our members.

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There are three research topics for the amalgamated online MTS. The MTS 2015-2016 commenced in September 2015 and closed in February 2016. There are three short topics of use of genetic microarray tests, vaccine hesitancy and paediatric workforce. Two of these topics have been published and the other we are have submitted.

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