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Program Outline

About the Sydney Child Health Program:

This program 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 program 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 is the foundation of the SCHP; self-directed learning is an important part of this program. All Webcasts include:
    • The recorded Webcast presentations
    • Learning outcomes
    • Webcast notes
    • Self-assessment questions
  • Webinars (based on case studies)
  • Case Study from 2017 SCHP 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, Case Journals 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.

Program Duration:

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

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

2017 Assessment Tasks:

For Australian and New Zealand SCHP Participants

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

For all other international Participants, including Hong Kong Participants who undertake their examination in Sydney, there will be no change; they will undertake the traditional SCHP Oral Examination.

Requirements for Australian SCHP 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 SCHP International Participants (outside Australia and New Zealand), the SCHP 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%  

Program requirements - Program marks and Clinical experience

Program Marks
To successfully complete the SCHP, Participants must: 

Program Program requirements Assessments PASS Marks  
     
Doctor
Nurse / Allied Health
Sydney Child Health Program
(Australian and New Zealand participants)
- Successfully complete Case Report 1 and 2
- Sucessfully complete the Oral Assessment Task (OAT)
- Pass the Final Written Examination
Written Exam
Oral Assessment Task
Overall
50%
Satisfactory
50% 
45%
Satisfactory
45% 
Sydney Child Health Program
(International participants)
- Successfully complete Case Report 1 and 2
- Pass the Oral Final Examination
- Pass the Final Written Examination
Written Exam
Oral Exam
Overall
50%
Satisfactory
50% 
45%
Satisfactory
45% 

Paediatric Clinical Experience

Together with successful completion of the program assessment, Participants must provide evidence of 6 months paediatric clinical experience (12 months for Participants in Hong Kong) in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. Participants may acquire paediatric experience at any time before, during or after undertaking the program. Experience in clinical paediatric medicine is calculated at 25% time in:

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

Please see FAQ’s  for additional information

 

 

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