Clinical School newsletter

2011 - Issue 4

CHW Clinical School news

Tiny Tots Trauma Training in Darwin


Trauma Training for Tiny Tots commenced at Royal North Shore Hospital in 2003. In December 2008 the course developed into a simulation based programme in the KOAPSC and has since undergone reviews in the curriculum design. The need for such a course has been identified through addressing frequent errors made when treating the paediatric trauma patient. The course is intended for registered nurses, ambulance officers, paramedics, residents, consultants, registrars and general practitioners dealing with injured children. Historically it has been well attended and has drawn considerable interest.

A large part of what the Darwin National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC ) do is centered on preparedness. Members of the team work closely with the Australian Health Protection Committee in addressing issues of national importance around disaster preparedness. Ella Scott in the Kim Oates Australian Paediatric Simulation Centre was approached by the NCCTRC Education Program Coordinator in December 2010 to conduct the Simulation Based Tiny Tots Trauma Course and simulation instructors’ course in Darwin. This would enable a core group in Darwin to sustain future courses under the ‘umbrella’ of KOAPSC.


A total of fifteen participants: six consultants, three nurse educators, two registrars and three registered nurses attended the course on 13 August. This followed with the instructors program on 14 August. The faculty included Course Directors Professor Andrew Holland and Ella Scott, Director of Trauma SCH Kellie Wilson, CHW Emergency Fellow Dr Fran Lockie and Nurse Educator CHW ED Jennifer Major. Both days evaluated exceptionally well.

Welcome Joceline Branson, Clinical Academic Fellow


We welcome Joceline Branson to the role of Clinical Academic Fellow. Joceline is a General Paediatrician with over twelve years of experience in Paediatrics. She commenced training in Paediatrics at Sydney Children’s Hospital in 1999, then took up residence in London to train at Great Ormond St Hospital. Joceline returned to Australia in 2006 to complete her advanced training in General Paediatrics at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Royal North Shore Hospital.

Joceline has extensive teaching experience at an undergraduate and postgraduate level. Since 2006 she has been involved in medical student, FRACP and Diploma of Child Health examinations. She has developed an interactive small group learning program, and run simulation sessions for multidisciplinary teams, and is a Paediatric Life Support trainer. In 2010 she received the Child and Adolescent Health Teaching Award from Sydney Medical School. Joceline is a facilitator and mentor for the Leadership Development Program (LEAP and LEAD) program run by the Clinical Education and Training Institute to train and engage future leaders in medical education.

Since 2008 Joceline has been an Associate Clinical Lecturer with the University and completed a Master in Medical Education with The University of Sydney in 2010.. She currently has a conjoint role with the Hospital and University as Lecturer and Academic Fellow. Her primary role is Curriculum Designer and Unit of Study Coordinator for the Master of Medicine (Paediatric Medicine) – General and Developmental Paediatrics unit. She is also heavily involved in medical student teaching, examinations and remediation.

Welcome Sandra Johnson as Senior Lecturer


Dr Sandra Johnson has commenced a part time position as senior lecturer in the clinical school. Her role is to develop the child development module of the Master of Medicine (Paediatrics). Sandra also works as a developmental paediatrician in private practice. She has maintained links with the University as clinical lecturer since her prior position in the clinical school 1994-1996. She was staff specialist at the CDU of the Children’s Hospital and RAHC, and the Grosvenor Disability Unit for 6 years.

Sandra’s primary medical degree was attained at the University Cape Town Medical School, with internship at Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Her paediatric training was at the Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital where, subsequent to basic training, she did a year as registrar in child psychiatry with Prof Brent Waters and Prof Florence Levy. She subsequently attained FRACP.

In child development she worked as senior lecturer at St George’s Hospital Medical School, as well as paediatric registrar at the Child Development Unit, St George’s Hospital and the Tadworth Brain Injury Unit (London) under Prof Sir David Hall. She also trained at CDU of the Hospital for Sick Kids, Toronto Canada and trained in Learning Disorders with Melvin Levine, Boston USA, before attaining FRCPCH.

Sandra undertook study in legal medicine to inform and complement her medico-legal work and attained FACLM. Apart from clinical practice, her interest is in education and she is actively involved in publishing in the fields of child development and legal medicine.

Research news

Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health (RMCH) Research theme

The RMCH Theme was established 2010 by Sydney Medical School in response to the Vice Chancellor’s call to develop key areas of research strength. It brings together researchers from reproductive health in adults, maternal health during pregnancy and development from conception until entry into adulthood. The theme leaders are Prof Cheryl Jones (CHW Clinical School) and A/Prof Chris O’Neill (The Kolling Institute of Medical Research, RNSH)

Recent Theme news:

  • The Theme’s inaugural research conference day was held on 10th June, 2011 with over 150 registrants and over 100 poster presentations. The goals were to bring together all academics and students aligned with the Theme, showcase their research, highlight work of ECRs and postgraduate students, and consider strategic priorities.
    The keynote speakers were Prof Emma Whitelaw (QIMR) and Prof Peter Koopman (IMB, University of Queensland).
    Four abstracts each from ECRs and current postgraduate/Honours research students were selected for oral presentations, and considered for the Dean’s Theme prizes. Prize winners were Kirsty Walters (ANZAC) and Cecilia H. M. Ng (Queen Elizabeth II Research Institute for Mothers and Infants).
  • SyReNS
    Of the 42 expressions of interest applications submitted university wide for the Vice Chancellors scheme, 14 applications have been invited to submit full proposals. This includes our “Healthy Trajectories” application lead by Kate Steinbeck and Cheryl Jones, multiple other CIs from CHW and SMS, and 5 other faculties. The Sydney Emerging infectious Diseases Biosecurity application (lead by Tania Sorrell) also progressed with Ben Marais, Cheryl Jones, Robert Booy, Nick wood.

2011 Churchill Fellow - Dr Manoj Menezes


Manoj has been awarded the Churchill Fellowship to study the assessment and diagnosis of patients with both inherited muscle disorders and peripheral neuropathies in the UK (Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, and Great Ormond Street Hospital). This fellowship gives him the opportunity to undertake a course on nerve and muscle ultrasound in Slovenia and attend the World Muscle Conference'2011 in Portugal.

The Winston Churchill Trust was established in 1965 after the death of Sir Winston Churchill to commemorate and honour his memory, and this was achieved by Australia's largest ever public fundraising appeal ($4.3 million collected in a single day across Australia). The Fellowships provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field that is not readily available in Australia and to reward proven achievement of talented and deserving Australians with further opportunity in their pursuit of excellence for the enrichment of Australian society. The Fellowships endeavour to benefit Australians in future generations and every Churchill fellow carries a life-long obligation to the Australians who contributed over 45 years ago.

Congratulations to Manoj on this great achievement.

Student news

Postgraduate research student conference 2011

The Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health’s annual Postgraduate Research Student Conference held on 12 August 2011 at Rydges Parramatta was a great success and this year 117 people attended.

The Conference provided the students with the opportunity to present their research to a diverse, supportive and critical audience of supervisors, peers and members of the Discipline. A number of senior academics again commented on the increasingly high standards and quality of research undertaken by the postgraduate students.

The keynote speaker was Prof Ian Alexander, Professor in Paediatrics and Molecular Medicine and head of the Gene Therapy Research Unit, a joint initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Children’s Medical Research Institute in Sydney. Prof Alexander’s talk was titled “Gene Therapy: Birth pains of a new paradigm ".

Thank you to the session Chairs: Alyson Kakakios, Kate Steinbeck, Nadia Badawi, Yvonne Zurynski, Jennifer Byrne, Fabienne Brilot-Turville, Wendy Gold, Lisa Riley, Dan Catchpoole, Patrina Caldwell, Paul Roy and Louise Baur, plus the many postgraduate supervisors and post-doctoral researchers who helped with marking student presentations on the day.

This year the Conference was supported by the Australian Genome Research Facility, Genesearch, Genzyme Australasia Pty, Life Technologies (Invitrogen), Miltenyi Biotec, Waters Australia Pty Ltd, PerkinElmer and the Medical Staff Council at CHW. The Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health also financially supported much of the meeting.

Thank you to the sponsors for their support of the student prizes for excellence. As always, the competition for awards was very strong.

The sponsored prizes for best presentations went to:

Angela Chen: CHW Medical Staff Council Prize
Maria Chow: Miltenyi Biotec Australia Pty Ltd Prize
Kelly Gray: Life Technologies Prize
Jessie Zhong: Genzyme Prize
Frances Evesson: Genesearch Prize
Marshall Hogarth: Australian Genome Research Facility Ltd Prize


The prizewinners with Prof Ian Alexander & Dr Nigel Clarke

Sydney Medical School student - Jenny Hellsing


Jenny Hellsing is a third year medical student who has just completed her Child and Adolescent Health specialty block. Jenny is interested in the links between the environment and global health, which she feels are especially pertinent for the paediatric population who face an uncertain future shaped in part by public indecision around issues such as climate change.

Jenny is the current NSW Student State Representative for Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), a voluntary professional organisation aiming to address health concerns caused by modification to the environment. She recently helped coordinate NSW-based activities occurring as part of the inaugural Code Green Week of Action, 1-7th August 2011. The annual action week is part of the Code Green: A Climate Emergency campaign, a joint initiative of the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) and DEA. During the week students participated in a movie night, speaker evening, letter writing session and regeneration planting project at Callan Park, Rozelle.

When asked, “Why a Code Green?” Jenny stated, “Because society is facing a climate health emergency that needs to be communicated clearly, quickly and efficiently so effective, coordinated action can be taken. This is the principle behind any hospital code call”.

Jenny hopes to continue her work with DEA into her professional years. “I can see this will be a long, uphill battle but it’s one I am excited about tackling. I hope there will be far-reaching benefits for the health of the world’s population, as well as those I meet throughout my career.”

Code Green: A Climate Emergency
Doctors for the Environment Australia

Grants, Achievements, Promotions and Titles

Promotions appointments & titles


Dr Geoff Ambler – Clinical Professor (Endocrinology)
Dr Julian Ayers – Conjoint Senior Lecturer (Cardiology)
Dr Gordon Thomas – Clinical Associate Professor (Surgery)

Joceline Branson – 0.5FTE Academic Medicine Fellow (Medical)
Sinead Hassett – 0.5FTE Academic Medicine Fellow (Surgical)
Sandra Johnson – 0.2FTE Senior Lecturer, Paediatrics & Child Health


Li, M., Dibley, M. & Baur, L. Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships Program. “Regional collaboration to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity.” 2011 ~ $320,000

Caldwell, P. Foundation for Children Grant. 2011 $163,920

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Upcoming conferences and meetings


The 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR): UK - 14-17/10/2011. More information, please .

17th Annual Professional Development Program: Melbourne - 21-22/10/2011
The Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne

9th International Congress of Tropical Pediatrics: Thailand - 17-19/10/2011
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Australian Breastfeeding Association's (ABA) International Conference: Canberra - 20-21/10/2011 More information

The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) Annual Meeting: Adelaide - 20-22/10/2011 Theme: The Obesity challenge: physical, psychosocial and environmental More information

4th International Paediatric Simulation Symposium and Workshops: Toulouse, France 26-27/10/2011 More information

Annual Paediatric Allergy Update: Sydney - 28/10/2011
12.00 – 5.30pm in Lorimer Dods Theatre at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. For further information and registration form, please email

43rd Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP): Auckland New Zealand - 26-30/10/2011 More information

Update in Paediatric Respiratory Diseases: Hong Kong - 28-30/10/2011 More information

Health Outcomes Workshop: Alice Springs - 29/10/2011
Working Together - Rural Health Outcomes across the Continuum of Care - to be held as a stream within the Rural Medicine Australia Conference. The program. Please contact for further information. To register, visit

The 8th Australian and New Zealand Adolescent Health Conference - Youth Health 2011: Sydney - 9-11/11/2011 more information

Progress toward control of Meningococcal Disease Workshop: Melbourne – 15/11/2011

7th World Congress of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Disease (WSPID): Melbourne - 16-19/11/2011
Top paediatric infectious disease experts from all over the world will be attending this important meeting, being held for the first time in Australia. The Keynote Speakers are Australian Nobel Laureate Sir Peter Doherty and Professor Ron Dagan.
More information

The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network Paediatric Update: Sydney - 17-19/11/2011
Enquiries: please contact or .

The Paediatric Society of New Zealand 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting: Auckland - 22-25/11/2011
For further information, please visit the website .


49th National Conference of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (PEDICON): Gurgaon, India - 18-22/01/2012 More information

The Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) 36th Annual Scientific Meeting: Canberra - 22-25/07/2012. For further information, please .

26th International Conference of the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare (ESPMH): Nazareth, Israel - 15-18/08/2012
Abstracts should be submitted before 1 March 2012. For more information, contact , Secretary of ESPMH


14th Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics: Malaysia - 8-12/09/2012
Further information, please visit the website

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