APRN Newsletter Issue 13, August 2015

Here is an update from the APRN team! Click on the links below to learn more about recent and pending APRN activities.

Firstly, thank you to all our members, you make the APRN research robust and relevant! 

Coming soon:

Multi-Topic Survey (2015)

Our 4th Multi-Topic survey will take place September-November 2015 and will be the last project for the year. Topics include paediatricians approach to vaccine hesitant parents, use of genetic microarray testing and paediatrician workforce.  The survey only takes 10-15 minutes. Click here to see previous Multi-Topic surveys

Stay tuned for your invitation to take part!


National Delphi Study (2014 -2015) - What research questions matter most to our members?

In 2014, our members responded to “Thinking about your clinical practice, what are the most important research questions which need addressing?” by suggesting 189 research questions. In early 2015, 163 members rated each of the top 23 questions from not important (1) to very important (5). Dr Kate Hughes, paediatric trainee, has now aggregated the scores for each question. The number 1 research priority was “What are the most effective treatment options for childhood obesity?” Click here to read more about the Delphi results.

Thank you to APRN members who submitted their research questions and rated the top questions.

Children Attending Paediatricians Study (CAPS; 2013)

This national audit ran over a two-week period from November to December in 2013, with 180 of 367 (48%) paediatricians returning booklets with information on 7102 consultations! Click here to see the preliminary findings. We have submitted a publication to Archives of Disease in Childhood on the main trends in practice from 2008 to 2013. Further publications under preparation include:

  • Management of anxiety
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Management of enuresis


Our manuscript on diagnosing ASD was accepted by the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health! This article used data from 2 APRN studies - the Multi-Topic Survey (2013) and Parent Needs around the Diagnosis of ASD study. The publication reported on how paediatricians make an ASD diagnosis including the information, assessments, tools and services they utilise. Please visit our publication page for all our publications.

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.