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Course Outline

About the DCH / IPPC:

This course enables Participants to enhance their knowledge, confidence and skills in caring for children and young people.

Participants have access to a comprehensive overview of evidence based current best practice in paediatrics from neonates to adolescents. A total of 112 Webcasts form the core of the course content. These are compulsory and are available on-line. Webcasts are updated annually and presented by internationally renowned paediatric experts, They are recorded at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Participants are welcome to attend live presentations at all times.

Learning Resources:

  • The suite of 112 Webcasts forms the core of the DCH / IPPC; self-directed learning is an important part of this course. All Webcasts include:
    • The recorded Webcast presentations
    • Learning outcomes
    • Webcast notes
    • Self-assessment questions
  • Webinars (based on case studies)
  • Case Study from 2017 DCH/IPPC Journal

All of the above are examinable.

Additional Participant resources designed to assist Participants are available and include:

  • Additional Webcast resources (non-examinable)
  • Reading list
  • Free e-journal list
  • Glossary of acronyms
  • Kids Health Fact Sheets for Parent / Carer information
  • Examples of Case Reports
  • Other useful resources

All resources are available on-line for Participants following enrolment. 

At International Locations - Collaborative in-country learning:

At established sites outside Australia, in addition to Webcasts,Newsletters and other resources, Participants have the opportunity to attend one hour weekly Tutorials with a local Paediatric expert. Tutorials provide additional local content relevant to each webcast, highlighting key areas of difference in cultural and traditional medicine practices, genetics, legal responsibilities, local antibiotic and immunisation protocols, how best to use local resources and how to interpret common local presentations. Tutorials can be conducted face to face, at a bedside, by phone or by videoconference.

Course Duration:

Most Participants complete the course in one year studying part time, approximately 7 to 8 hours per week. You need to view all 112 Webcasts, read the DCH/IPPC Journal case study and attend Tutorials where available.

It is recommended that Nurses and Allied Health Professionals complete the course over 2 years. 

2017 Assessment Tasks:

For Australian DCH Participants

From 2016, the Oral Examination, conducted as a summative assessment, was replaced, for Australian (doctor) Participants only, by an Oral Assessment Task . This will apply to ALL Australian DCH Participants who have enrolled for the 2017 course. See My Assessments for further information.

For Australian participants who are Nurses or Allied Health Professionals, mus undertake the Oral Examination.

For international Participants, including Hong Kong Participants who undertake their examination in Sydney, there will be no change and will undertake the traditional DCH / IPPC Oral Examination.

DCH course requirements for Australian DCH Participants are listed below:

Assessment Task Weighting Key aspects
Case Report 1 – Health Inequity 10% 1000 word case report using template
Case Report 2 - Medical 10% 1000 word case report using template
Oral Assessment Task SATISFACTORY completion Standardised structured viva
Written Final examination 80% Multiple choice exam
TOTAL 100%  

For Australian (non-DCH) and International Participants, the DCH (Syd), IPPC and IPPNC course requirements include completion of the following assessment tasks:

Assessment Task Weighting Key aspects
Case Report 1 – Health Inequity 5% 1000 word case report using template
Case Report 2 - Medical 5% 1000 word case report using template
Written Final examination 70% Multiple choice exam 
Oral Final examination 20% Standardised structured viva
TOTAL 100%  

Course requirements - Course marks and Clinical experience

Course Marks
To PASS the course, Participants must: 

Course Course requirements PASS Marks
Diploma in Child Health (DCH)
(Australian participants only)
- Successfully complete Case Report 1 and 2
- Successfully complete Oral Assessment Task
- Pass the Final Written Examination
50% in Written Exam
AND
'Satisfactory' in Oral Assessment Task
DCH (Syd)
(Hong Kong participants only)
- Successfully complete Case Report 1 and 2
- Pass the Oral Final Examination
- Pass the Final Written Examination
50% in Written Exam
AND
50% in Oral Exam
International Postgraduate Paediatric Certificate (IPPC)
(International Participants (Doctors) only)
- Successfully complete Case Report 1 and 2
- Pass the Oral Final Examination
- Pass the Final Written Examination
50% in Written Exam
AND
50% in Oral Exam
International Postgraduate Paediatric Nurse Certificate (IPPNC)
(Nurse Participants only)
- Successfully complete Case Report 1 and 2
- Pass the Oral Final Examination
- Pass the Final Written Examination
45% in Written Exam
AND
50% in Oral Exam
International Postgraduate Paediatric Allied Health Certificate (IPPAHC)
(Allied health professional Participants only)
- Successfully complete Case Report 1 and 2
- Pass the Oral Final Examination
- Pass the Final Written Examination
45% in Written Exam
AND
50% in Oral Exam

Paediatric Clinical Experience

To receive a Diploma or Certificate, in addition to successfully passing the course, Participants must provide evidence of 6 months paediatric clinical experience (12 months for Participants in Hong Kong). Participants may acquire paediatric experience at any time before, during or after undertaking the course. Experience in clinical paediatric medicine is calculated at 25% time in:

  • Emergency Departments (with paediatric patients)
  • General Practice (where paediatric patients are treated)
  • Obstetrics Practise

Please see FAQ’s  for additional information

 

 

Graduating from DCH / IPPC