APRN Quarterly Newsletter Issue 1, April 2010

The Australian Paediatric Research Network comprises 370 members across Australia and aims to builds research capacity by involving more clinicians in research activities and enhancing recruitment for community based research projects. This newsletter provides an update on the network’s achievements this year and describes our future plans.

So far in 2010, the APRN…

  • Asked about your interest in participating in 3 new research projects. 60% of members responded, with
    • 130 (60%) interested in the Autism Spectrum Disorder proposal,
    • 78 (35%) interested in the Adolescent Girls with ADHD proposal, and
    • 107 (49%) interested in the Longitudinal study of ADHD proposal.
    If you are yet to register your interest, please email us.

  • Distributed the Multi-Topic Survey in April, which covers ADHD, learning problems, overweight/obesity, hearing loss and melatonin use. Results will help shape future, large-scale APRN studies. If you have not responded we would love to hear from you at: Multi–Topic Survey
  • Had an annotation that accompanies the APRN Delphi project manuscript accepted by the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Look out for the paper titled "Power to the paediatricians: The Australian Paediatric Research Network is born", which will be published soon.
  • Submitted our first paper detailing the Children Attending Paediatricians Study (CAPS), titled “Children Attending Paediatricians Study: National prospective audit of office practice from the Australian Paediatric Research Network”, to the MJA.
  • Received generous funding from the Paediatric and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for infrastructure support, website maintenance and the Multi-Topic survey.

Next up, we will…

  • Finalise the endorsement of the three new research projects proposed by members in 2009
  • Collate and disseminate the results from the Multi-Topic Survey.
  • Submit a second CAPS manuscript which focuses on Behavioural and Developmental diagnoses in Australian children.
  • Establish an Advisory committee to guide APRN strategic planning.
  • Open the 2010 call for member-proposed research projects.
  • Provide additional resources to members by introducing “How to Conduct Research” Modules on the website.

For current links to handy research support like statistical and funding advice or for more information on the APRN, please visit us at www.aprn.org.au.