Welcome to the Children's Healthcare Network Allied to Kids (A2K) website!
Providing education, support and clinical resources to Allied Health professionals working with children across NSW.
The NSW Children's Healthcare Networks are currently collaborating on Allied to Kids: allied health education and clinical support. An Allied Health Educator is employed in each of the three Children's Healthcare Networks to address education, training and clinical support for NSW Health allied health professionals who work with children.
The Children's Healthcare Network Allied Health Educators would like to personally welcome you to the website, please take some time to browse the site!
Allied to Kids: allied health education and clinical support Implementation Plan (January 2015 - July 2019)
The Allied Health Educators have developed an implementation plan for distribution and are excited to be able to share it with you. The Implementation Plan (pdf 138K) introduces the vision for Allied to Kids - Allied Health professionals are educated and supported to provide children and families with the right care, in the right place, at the right time. Our plan aligns with the NSW Kids and Families document Healthy + Safe + Well: A strategic health plan for children, young people and families 2014 - 24.
Beyond Milestones for Allied Health Research Project - Call for participants
Allied Health professionals employed by NSW Health are invited to take part in a research project which is called Beyond Milestones for Allied Health. The study is open to dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers and speech pathologists who work with children and/or adults.
Beyond Milestones is a free, online, video-based resource developed utilising the skills of an expert developmental peadiatrician, as well as other medical professionals form Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (Randwick) and University of NSW. The aim of this teaching resource is to instruct learners in a systematic approach to critical and quality observation of normal childhood development.
The aims of the research project are to assess the effectiveness of the Beyond Milestones e-learning resource and will not focus on the skills and knowledge of individual participants. Based on the outcomes of the study, recommendations will be made regarding the effectiveness, potential utilisation and modification of the Beyond Milestones resource for allied health education.
For further details regarding the Beyond Milestones research project please contact any of the Children's Healthcare Network Allied Health Educators.
2016 Allied Health Telehealth Virtual Education
The Allied Health Telehealth Virtual Education Program is an initiative of the NSW Children's Healthcare Network to promote the use of videoconferencing, web conferencing and other media as a means of supporting and developing Allied Health professionals' knowledge and confidence in the treatment of children presenting with more serious or complex clinical conditions across the Northern, Southern and Western Regions of the Children's Healthcare Network.
2016 will see the previous Allied Health Telehealth program being enhanced to include WebEx web conferencing as well as videoconferencing. Registrations for Allied Health Telehealth Virtual Education sessions will continue to occur online. For further information regarding videoconferencing and web conferencing and what information you will need to register, visit the Telehealth Virtual Education page. Dates and details of sessions can be found in the 2016 Telehealth Virtual Education Calendar (pdf 186KB).
September 20 - The Virtual Meeting Room videoconference session 'The autism spectrum and girls' was presented by Rebecca Sutherland, Senior Speech Pathologist, Child Development Unit, Children's Hospital at Westmead. Please remember to complete your online evaluation at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/girlsautism.
October 18 - The Virtual Meeting Room videoconference session 'Paediatric Malnutrition and Faltering Growth' was presented by Leah Thomas, Special Needs Dietitian, Children's Hospital at Westmead. Please remember to complete your online evaluation at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fgrowth.
November 15 - The Virtual Meeting Room videoconference session 'Exploring mealtime challenges and feeding practices for young children with Type 1 Diabetes' was presented by Kristine Lobley, Senior Diabetes Dietitian, Children's Hospital at Westmead. Please remember to complete your online evaluation at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DiabetesTOne.
Expressions of interest for the Allied Health Educational Secondment Program now CLOSED
The Educational Secondment Program provides opportunities for NSW Health Allied Health professionals who work with children to access education and support by visiting one of the tertiary children’s hospitals or a specialist health facility for up to 5 days.