APRN Newsletter Issue 14, April 2016

Please see below the first APRN newsletter update for the year. Please click on the links below to learn more about recent and pending APRN activities.

First, a very big thank you to all our members, your contributions make the APRN research robust and relevant!

With your responses, we are able to publish our work in journals and circulate the findings. We hope that by doing this, we are able to gain insight and better clinical practice.

Membership 2016

The APRN has just reached over 500 members from around the country! Each year, we hope to produce research that has important clinical implications for paediatricians and the families they see.

Each year, we conduct 2-3 projects and we really appreciate our active APRN member’s contributions.

Our response rates tend to be around 35-50% of our membership. This can be difficult to publish our work in top journals and in turn get our results out. We understand how busy our members are and we are trying to come up with ways to make it easier for you to complete research, including shorter surveys. We appreciate what our members have to say, if you have any suggestions on how we can make this easier for members to complete our studies, please email us at aprn.paeds@rch.org.au

If you would prefer to only receive newsletter updated but not complete research, please email us to let us know.

Current Projects

Multi-Topic Survey (2015-2016)

Our 4th Multi-Topic survey has closed. Topics included paediatrician’s use of genetic microarray testing, approach to vaccine hesitant parents, and paediatrician workforce. Click here to see previous Multi-Topic surveys. We are currently writing up the results of these topics for publication and look forward to updating members with what we have found.

Congratulations to Peter Everett from Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park, South Australia who won our MTS prize!


Projects 2016

We are currently planning our projects for the year ahead. Our priority is to finalise publications from previous APRN studies. We will likely develop another Multi-Topic Survey later in the year and are always interested in hearing about research topics that our members would be interested in taking part in. If you have any project suggestions, please email us.


Since our last newsletter, we have had 1 article published and 1 accepted in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

  • Hennel S, Coates C, Symeonides C, Gulenc A, Smith L, Price A, Hiscock H. (2015). Diagnosing autism: contemporaneous surveys of parent needs and paediatric practice. Accepted December 2015
  • Randall M, Albein-Urios N, Brignell A, Gulenc A, Hennel S, Coates C, Symeonides C, Hiscock H, Marraffa C, Silove N, Bayl V, Woolfenden S, Williams, K. Diagnosing autism: Australian Paediatric Research Network surveys. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. JPCH link

Please visit our publication page for all our publications.

Harriet Hiscock’s abstract on APRN paediatricians clinical practice audits in 2008 and 2013 (Children Attending Paediatricians Study) has been nominated for Best Poster Prize in Paediatrics and Child Health at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Congress 2016.

The poster is entitled Trends in paediatric practice in Australia: 2008 and 2013 national audits from the Australian Paediatric Research Network. The RACP Congress will be held in Adelaide from the 16th to 18th of May.

Our Contact Details

Any queries about any of the information above?

P: (03) 9345 6530

E: aprn.paeds@rch.org.au

W: www.aprn.org.au

Thanks to all APRN members who have contributed to the research and activities to date.