Volunteers: a helping hand

I have been a volunteer in the Emergency Department at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick in Sydney, Australia for more than four years.  I work three to four shifts per week, averaging 20 hours per week. I spent five years volunteering in Oncology before moving to Emergency.  I am a professional photographer, but have always been…

Schrodinger’s PANDAS

The existence of PANDAS and other Paediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes has been controversial for the last two decades. What is PANDAS? Paediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infection, is a concept first mooted by Swedo, an American paediatrician in 1998, as a formé fruste (or incomplete form) of Sydenhams Chorea. Swedo SE, Leonard…

PETS knowledge

When I’m not working in the emergency department, playing with my children or doing DFTB ‘stuff’ I work for the state retrieval service. As the name Adult Retrieval Victoria implies I spend my time moving and coordinating the movement of critically ill or injured adults around the state. There is a dearth of retrieval textbooks…

NETS knowledge

When I’m not working in the emergency department, playing with my children or doing DFTB ‘stuff’ I work for the state retrieval service. As the name Adult Retrieval Victoria implies I spend my time moving and coordinating the movement of critically ill or injured adults around the state. There is a dearth of retrieval textbooks…

Speakers Corner – Mary Freer

As it gets closer to our inaugural Don’t Forget The Bubbles conference in Brisbane later this year we thought it about time we showcased some of the amazing and inspiring speakers we have lined up for you.  Coming from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences we hope that they will help us all…

Away from ivory towers

It can be a challenging and fairly unsettling experience commencing work in a regional hospital if most of your prior exposure has been in a stand alone tertiary children’s hospital. The majority (80%) of urgent recalls to regional hospitals are neonatal, and at times you will be the only person present in the entire hospital…

A gentle nudge…

Children have a right to receive healthcare regardless of the decisions made by their parents. This week, the RACP released a further statement citing refusal to treat patients for non-vaccination as ‘unethical coercion’. Whilst the majority of paediatricians are clear on the benefits of vaccinations, parents can choose not to vaccinate their children. Under the…

Phone a Friend

As supervisor for the latest batch of interns that come through our emergency department I get to nurture them straight out of medical school, before the cynicism of the ward service sets in. It’s never the medicine that is a challenge, but the hidden curriculum that they are not taught in medical school. This time…