APRN Quarterly Newsletter Issue 2, September 2010

Thanks again for being part of the Australian Paediatric Research Network. You are one of over 370 members nation-wide who are interested in contributing to research into common paediatric problems. This newsletter provides an update on the network’s achievements from May to September 2010 and describes our future plans.

Since May 2010, the APRN…

  • Published the annotation "Power to the paediatricians: The Australian Paediatric Research Network is born" in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Follow the link to read.
  • Collated the results from the 2010 Multi-Topic Survey and disseminated the data to the lead investigators for each of the 5 topics: ADHD, learning problems, overweight/obesity, hearing loss and melatonin use. An overview of these results will be coming to you soon.
  • Opened the 2010 call for new member-proposed research projects.
  • Contacted the Australian Directors of Medical Training to invite and encourage more advanced trainees to participate in APRN research.
  • Started designing, with the assistance of our Regional Representatives, the APRN website’s “How to Conduct Research” Modules. These will include advise around choice of measures, how to shape your research question and conducting simple statistics
  • Received provisional acceptance of our manuscript detailing the Children Attending Paediatricians Study (CAPS), entitled “Children Attending Paediatricians Study: National prospective audit of outpatient practice from the Australian Paediatric Research Network”, from the MJA.
  • Finalised a second CAPS manuscript titled “The challenges of developmental-behavioural paediatric practice for the Australian general paediatrician”, due for submission shortly.
  • Prepared a number of funding applications to national and philanthropic bodies.

Next, we will…

  • Support the 2010 Multi-Topic survey research teams to analyse and publish their findings.
  • Launch the APRN website “How to Conduct Research” modules.
  • Submit the second CAPS manuscript describing the developmental-behavioural caseload for Australian paediatricians
  • Establish an Advisory committee to guide APRN strategic planning.

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.