Special Interest Groups
All managers and clinicians of member paediatric services are welcome to participate in one or more of CHA's Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The SIGs are formed in response to interest from members and focus on particular projects or themes of common interest. Most are multidisciplinary focusing on a common theme like complex care or medication safety. Some are for individuals in defined roles, such as CEOs, medical or nursing executives, or ward managers.
The SIGs make it easy for peers across the children's health sector to connect with one another, ask questions of each other, provide advice and share resrouces. Participants drive the agenda for each meeting, give presentations or briefings about their own service and discuss common challenges & strategies for overcoming them. Inspiring innovations are regularly shared too.
SIG meetings generally occur via web conferences, and are supplemented by on-line discussion and annual face-to-face meetings. All SIGs are supported by the CHA team. To register your interest in participating in one or more of CHA's SIGs contact our Networking Coordinator.
The Allied Health Special Interest Group (SIG) is a multidisciplinary group of Allied Health Managers involved in paediatric care. The SIG covers a variety of topics, including:
Please see below a 1 minute glimpse into one of the presentations given at an Allied Health Web Conference.
Child & Adolescent Mental Health
This SIG acknowledges that there is a rising need for greater attention to mental health, particularly in children and adolescents. In recent times this SIG has been discussing:
Child and Family Centered Care
This SIG is focused on improving the involvement & engagement of children & their families in decision making, developing the paediatric patient journey & measuring Australasian improvement in the implementation of the CHA Child's Rights Charter. Recent topics of interest include:
Children's Hospitals Performance and Efficiency
CHA supports the Children's Hospitals to share data and management strategies with one another with the aim of improving the quality of care & reducing costs in an environment of budgetary pressure. Topics discussed in this SIG include:
This SIG was established in late 2015 and focuses on complex care on an individual, organizational and nationwide level. The CHA Complex Care SIG in 2017 has been extremely active, with web conferences focusing on:
Executive Directors of Medical Services
This SIG was established in late 2017. It provides an opportunity for the most senior medical executive from each of the Children's hospitals to become acquainted with one another, to share common challenges & concerns, and to showcase things that are going well at their respective hospitals.
This is CHA’s longest running SIG having commenced in the early 2000s. It continues to actively promote paediatric focused medication safety initiatives across Australia and New Zealand. Some of the topics currently being discussed include:
NICU and Special Care Nurseries
This SIG was established in 2014 and brings together managers, doctors, nurses and midwives involved in the providing care to newborn babies. Topics currently being discussed include:
This SIG brings togther educators involved in supporting nurses to remain confident and competent in the care of babies, children and young people. Current topics for discussion include:
Paediatric Executives of Nursing
The Executives of Nursing SIG provides a forum in which nursing professional and workforce problems and issues are discussed. Topics covered include:
Paediatric Emergency Care
This SIG provides a forum to talk about challenges & opportunities for managing Paediatric Emergency Care in both specialist and mixed Emergency Departments. Topics currently being discussed include:
Paediatric Nursing Unit Managers
The Nurse Unit Managers SIG is a longstanding network that enables peaidatric NUMS to share knowledge & provide support to one another. Current topics of interest for the SIG participants include:
This SIG has been actively meeting for over 5 years and is a multidisciplinary group to enable networking between Directors of Paediatrics and Nurse Unit Managers of paediatric units in general hospitals. Topics currently of interest to this network include:
Paediatric Safety & Quality
This SIG brings together mangers & clinicans with responsibility & interest in enhancing the safety & quality of paediatric care across all levels of services. Areas of intest within the SIG include:
Please see below a 1 minute glimpse into one of the presentations given at the Paediatric Safety & Quality Face to Face Insight Forum.
Transition of Care
This SIG was established in 2016 for managers and clinicians involved in helping adolescent patients with ongoing healthcare needs to transition from paediatric to adult healthcare services. Topics currently being discussed within this SIG are:
Directors of Nursing - Paediatric Services
CHA's Directors of Nursing Special Interest Group brings together individuals in common roles across the paediatric sector, from large tertiary specialist paediatric hospitals through to regional and rural hospitals providing emergency and inpatient care to children. The Directors of Nursing Special Interest Group(SIG) provides a forum in which models of care, professional and workforce issues are discussed.
Please see below a 1 minute glimpse into one of the presentations given at a Directors of Nursing Face to Face Insight Forum.