APRN Quarterly Newsletter Issue 4, May 2011

The Australian Paediatric Research Network comprises 380+ 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 2011, the APRN has…

Funding & Infrastructure

  • Submitted a NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence grant that incorporates allergy, ADHD & obesity projects. This grant is for $2.5 million over 5 years. We will know the outcome of our application in October 2011. 
  • Welcomed a new member, Dr Margie Danchin, paediatrician to the APRN steering committee.

Member services

  • Launched our online “How to” conduct research module. We will also upload this module onto the Paediatric & Child Health Division website (RACP) for use by all College members. The module provides a wealth of information about starting a research project and is aimed at all members, advanced trainees and their supervisors.


  • “Children Attending Paediatricians Study: a national prospective audit of outpatient practice from the Australian Paediatric Research Network”. Published online in the Medical Journal of Australia, 18 April 2011 (MJA-2010-10241). This paper outlines the overall findings of our first national audit of paediatrician’s casemix. Data from this audit have also informed 2 NHMRC project grant applications by members.
  • “The paediatrician’s role in caring for children with learning difficulties”. Submitted to the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health February 2011.

New Research Projects

  • Received provisional ethics approval and funding from the Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Trust for the ‘Parent information needs after a diagnosis of autism’ project (Monash Medical Centre, Vic). This project will commence in June 2011.
  • Continue to develop ‘A longitudinal study of ADHD’ Project (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Vic).

The Multi-Topic Survey

  • Issued APRN members with an overview of the remaining 2010 Multi-Topic findings on congenital hearing loss, learning problems, long term outcomes of ADHD and melatonin use. Click here to find out more.
  • Extended the second call for 2011 member-proposed research projects to June 30th 2011.

Next, we will…

See you in Darwin!

  • Join us at the 2011 RACP annual scientific meeting in Darwin, Tuesday the 24th of May from 5.30-6.30 in the Waterfront Room 3 for an APRN awards and recognition evening! All APRN members and interested paediatricians are welcome. Hear about new research for 2011 and beyond!


  • Submit an application to the RACP for the Fellows Contribution Fellowship Award.


  • Submit manuscripts reporting data from the 2010 Multi-Topic Survey on the topics of Long-term outcomes of ADHD and Melatonin use.

The Multi-Topic Survey

  • Issue the 2011 Multi- Topic Survey in July 2011.

For more information on the APRN, please visit us at www.aprn.org.au
For past newsletters click here.