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Hopper and Piper on “No Place Like Home”


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We have teamed up with APLS to share the videos from their Paediatric Acute Care Conferences. These videos have never been open access before, so if you weren’t able to attend the conferences, then now’s your chance to catch up.

The PAC Conference is run each year by APLS and consists of presentations on a range of topics relevant to paediatric acute and critical care.

Susie Piper has been the Director of Paediatrics and Child Health for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District since 2012. She graduated from UNSW in 1990 and trained as a paediatrician at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead over the next ten years, including a six month stint in Tanzania during the Rwandan refugee crisis. With an interest in ambulatory care and ‘hospital in the home’, Dr Piper worked at Wyong Hospital and Campbelltown Hospital prior to coming to Illawarra, where she helped to establish a Paediatric Assessment Unit that aimed to treat kids locally and avoid hospital admission if possible. Dr Piper is hoping to establish similar models of care in Illawarra, particularly at Shellharbour Hospital.

Sandy Hopper is a dual-qualified Emergency Physician and Emergency Paediatrician, working at the Emergency Department of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He holds special interests in adolescent emergency medicine, mental health, observational and short stay medicine, and medical education.

In this talk they discuss managing acute illness in children without hospital admission.

Sandy Hopper and Susie Piper discuss ways of blurring the boundaries between in and outpatient care.  They talk about why we admit kids to hospital, explore alternative options to admission and describe two examples of programs aimed at minimising kids time in hospital.

About the authors

  • Ben Lawton is a paediatric emergency physician interested in education, retrieval medicine and simulation. Lives in Brisbane where he enjoys falling off his mountain bike and being outsmarted by his pre-teen children. @paedsem | + Ben Lawton | Ben's DFTB posts


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