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Clinicians meet to share knowledge on child health

23 Oct 2019


Connecting with colleagues to share knowledge was the focus at the 2019 Clinical Paediatrics Day held in the Blue Mountains on Saturday.

Over 80health professionals including GPs, practice nurses, hospital doctors and nurses, and allied health clinicians attended the event organised by Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, in collaboration with our District.

Wentworth Healthcare CEO, Lizz Reay says the annual collaboration provides local, quality professional development to our region's health professionals in significant emerging paediatric topics.

“The fact that this event grows larger each year, and is now in it's sixth year, is testament to how valuable our health professionals find this education."

One of the event coordinators and speakers, Dr Habib Bhurawala, Head of Paediatrics at Nepean Hospital and Paediatrician at Blue Mountains Hospital says clinicians gained both knowledge and skills on the day.

“It helps health professionals to better manage children in our local area and provides a much needed platform for networking and sharing knowledge,” says Dr Bhurawala.

“It’s also an opportunity for clinicians to understand the services available for children within our LHD.”

Yolande Boys, Primary Care Workforce Partnerships & Development Manager at Wentworth Healthcare says the meeting is getting better year by year.

“Health professionals in our region work hard to meet the needs of the community so it's great to be able to support them by providing high quality training close to home. Participants really appreciate the opportunity to come together and learn in the beautiful environment that is the Blue Mountains,” says Ms Boys.

Professor of Paediatrics at Sydney Medical School Nepean and Nepean Hospital, Professor Ralph Nanan spoke about the prevention and treatment of paediatric allergies.

Professor Nanan recently published international research on the impact of diet on one of the most common complications in pregnancy, preeclampsia, and the longer term impact on the babies’ immune system.

Other speakers at the event included:

  • Kay Hyman, Chief Executive, NBMLHD
  • Dr Habib Bhurawala, Paediatrician, Blue Mountains and Nepean Hospital
  • Dr Arman Babajanyan, Paediatrician, Blue Mountains Hospital
  • Professor Craig Munns, Professor of Paediatric Bone and Mineral Medicine, Endocrinology, Sydney Children's Hospital Westmead
  • Dr Phillip Kolos, Paediatrician, Blue Mountains Hospital
  • Angela de Silva, Lifestart Early Intervention Service
  • Child Adolescent Development Unit Team, Blue Mountains Hospital