APRN Quarterly Newsletter Issue 5, September 2011

The Australian Paediatric Research Network comprises 380+ members across Australia. We aim to build research capacity by involving more clinicians in research and enhancing recruitment for research projects in the secondary care sector.

Since May 2011, the APRN …..

Funding & Infrastructure

  • Was shortlisted for a $2.5 million NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence grant. Our grant incorporates allergy, ADHD & obesity projects, and would support research and training for Australian paediatricians over 5 years. We will know the outcome in October. 
  • Submitted an application to the Telematics Trust for our management of food allergy project.

Members Services

  • Held an APRN update meeting for paediatricians participating in APRN research at the 2011 RACP annual scientific meeting in Darwin. 
  • Worked with RACP to tailor our “How to” conduct research module. These modules are available on our website and will also be available from the RACP soon.


  • Launched a publications page on our website. This reports on data collected by our paediatrician-members in the few short years since the APRN's launch in 2007. 
  • The time and practice challenges of developmental-behavioral pediatrics: An Australian national study: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2011:32(5);368-374

New Research Projects

  • Commenced the ‘Parent Needs After a Diagnosis of Autism” project (Led by Dr Sabine Hennel, Monash Medical Centre, Vic).  
  • Continued to develop ‘A longitudinal study of ADHD’ Project (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Vic).

The Multi-Topic Survey

  • Finalised our multi-topic survey topics, including two advanced trainee research projects (management of food allergy and management of the unsettled baby)

Next, we will…


  • Submit applications to the Foundations for Children Fund & the ILhan Allergy Foundation


  • Submit manuscripts on the 2010 Multi-Topic Survey topics of long term outcomes of ADHD, melatonin use, management of childhood obesity and its co-morbidities, and congenital deafness.

The Multi-Topic Survey

  • Email members the 2011 Multi- Topic Survey in October 2011.


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