The prestigious International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Award for Best Practice in International Education 2017, has recently been awarded to the International Postgraduate Paediatric Certificate (IPPC/IPPN) team from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, in recognition of its outstanding contribution to this sector.
The vision of the Program is to improve child health globally by empowering healthcare professionals treating children and young people with best practice in paediatrics. Having commenced in 1992 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, this Program has gradually expanded in its reach to meet demand from throughout Australia and from 25 countries around the world. Many of these countries are developing countries with high rates of infant and child mortality and relatively few doctors and nurses per population who have limited access to education teaching current best practice in paediatric care and constrained capacity to afford international standards of education. This program is conducted entirely within each country.
The education model comprises 112 annually updated webcasts from internationally renowned experts from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network available online, or sent on DVD where internet is inadequate; self-study founded on regular case journals, reading material, recorded webinars and other resources; a face to face tutorial from local paediatric experts; and comprehensive assessments. The IPPC / IPPNC alumni (now 7139) have free lifelong access to the annually reviewed program.
The business model includes scaled course fees in each country to ensure affordability by young doctors and nurses. This has created a sustainable, self-funded, not- for- profit program that is scalable and can strengthen health workforce capacity and save the lives of children. Participants in developing countries are effectively cross- subsidised by those in developed countries.
Feedback from participants, tutors and alumni report significant benefits through enhanced knowledge, skills and confidence enabling improved health outcome for individual patients and improved systems for patient management in hospitals and communities. As such, this is a high impact, high quality sustainable model of education that demonstrates best practice in reaching out to share expertise, particularly in developing countries.
Dr Glen Farrow
Director - Clinical Governance
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network