APRN Quarterly Newsletter Issue 3, December 2010

The APRN has had a productive 2010. Thank you to all 370+ members for their contribution.

We have undertaken:

The 2010 Multi- Topic Survey
Lead investigators from Vic, NSW and Qld proposed five surveys across the areas of ADHD, learning problems, overweight/obesity, hearing loss and melatonin use.

  • 181 paediatricians (48% of APRN members) completed the survey.
  • The data from the MT survey is currently with each investigating team and papers for each topic are underway. We plan to submit at least 5 manuscripts.

We have already sent you an overview of our Information Technology use and Obesity findings with an overview of the remaining topics to follow in early 2011.
The second call for 2011 member-proposed research projects is now open.

New Research projects
Information provided to parents following a child’s diagnosis of autism project (Monash Medical Centre, Vic)

  • This project is currently undergoing Ethics approval. The project is due to commence early 2011.

A longitudinal study of ADHD Project (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Vic), and Examining the age of puberty attainment in adolescent girls with ADHD Project (Nepean Hospital, NSW.

  • These projects are currently under development. 107 (49%) and 78 (35%) members, respectively have indicated interest in participating in these projects.


  • "Power to the paediatricians: The Australian Paediatric Research Network is born", (2010;no. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01772.x)Published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 
  • “The time and practice challenges of developmental-behavioral pediatrics: Australian national prospective audit” has been provisionally accepted by the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 
  • “Children Attending Paediatricians Study: National prospective audit of office practice from the Australian Paediatric Research Network”, is awaiting a decision post revisions from the MJA

Next, we will…

  • Hold an APRN awards and recognition evening at the 2011 RACP annual scientific meeting for  paediatricians participating in APRN research. All Welcome. 
  • Launch our online ‘How to conduct research modules’. 
  • Sponsor a postdoctoral fellow and actively engage advance trainees to participate in ARPN research such as our annual multi-topic survey and standalone projects. 
  • Establish an Advisory committee with the aim to guide APRN strategic planning, raise our profile and connect with a wider group of policy influencers. 
  • Continue to seek grants and funding to ensure a stable source of income for the APRN. Including submitting a NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence grant that incorporates allergy, ADHD & obesity projects.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to bringing you more APRN News in 2011
For more information on the APRN, please visit us at www.aprn.org.au.