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Children & Young People Network


The Children & Young People clinical network brings together multi-disciplinary clinician-researchers from across Northern Sydney Local Health District, including the acute and community health care services related to infants, children, young people and their families. 


Our research focuses on;

  • Improving the health and wellbeing of children and families
  • Improving models of care to deliver the highest quality care
  • Understanding and responding to workforce needs
  • Best practice in respond to emerging health needs, COVID-19
  • The First 2000 Days
  • Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes


Our network has important research partnerships with The University of Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney, Children's Inpatient Research Collaboration of Australia and New Zealand (CIRCAN), Newcastle University, NSW Ministry of Health, Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) and many other industry and academic groups. 

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 Selected research projects

  • The Children's Inpatient Research Collaboration of Australia and New Zealand (CIRCAN), which involves collecting data related to the impact on children of CoVID-19 (i.e. delayed presentations, mental health) from the Department of Paediatrics. 
  • The 'Kids Safety Essentials' research, which is a multi-method study investigating the characteristics, patterns and outcomes of young people with head injuries presenting to the Emergency Department. 
  • The NSW First 2000 Days Framework is a key initiative for the network, and a research priority area. Research associated with this includes the Focus on New Fathers project with an evaluation of the implementation to be undertaken in 2020/21 in partnership with NSW Ministry of Health and the University of Newcastle.
  • Use of an investigational purified Cannibidiol oral solution in paediatric patients with severe, intractable epilepsy.
  • An innovative model of care established in NSLHD for paediatric hospital in the home, based on collaboration between hospital based paediatric services and APAC home nursing. The training of APAC nurses in the care of children and families was key aspect of the project, which was evaluated as part of a postgraduate research degree and published in several peer reviewed publications.
  • Our Hornsby Healthy Kids team, which includes a secondary level childhood obesity clinic, contributed significantly to the SCHN Child & Adolescent Weight Management Pathways (CHAMP) Study.
  • Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes research currently focuses on technology innovations e.g. continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps, and their impact on patients, families and on service delivery.  They have partnered with SCHN and adult endocrinology investigating glycaemic abnormalities in patients with MODY-2, a rare inherited form of diabetes that leads to lifelong mild hyperglycaemia but without the potential damage to eyes and kidneys. This research aims to assess continuous glucose monitoring results in these patients.