Current Projects

> Evaluation of the SCHN 12-month development program for newly registered nursing graduates as a model for the evaluation of other nursing education programs

The Transition to Professional Practice program was developed with the purpose of the first year RN acquiring skills and confidence to successfully integrate known theory with practice and confidence to progress to a confident and competent member of the paediatric hearth care team. The aim of this research project is to the 12 month program is to develop a model for the evaluation of other nursing education programs.

> Development of an early detection tool to identify deterioration in child and adolescent mental health patients

The project evolved from the initial objective and now aims to better understand what restraint and seclusion data and practices represent. Understanding these practices will inform the potential development of a tool or other de-escalation strategies to reduce restraint and/or seclusion.

> Who are our consumers?

The change in migration patterns has several potential implications for national health care services in terms of meeting the needs of immigrant families, increased health service demand and understanding the engagement of immigrant families in health care. However, it is difficult to extrapolate recent Australian migration patterns to determine the impact and utilisation of paediatric services. This study aims to describe the linguistic and cultural diversity of patients and their family’s attending SCHN health care services as a first measure to better understand who our consumers are.   The project aims to determine the linguistic and cultural diversity of patients attending the SCHN through a retrospective audit.

> Translational Research Project SAFE ED: Partnership project with A/Prof. Jennifer Fraser, University of Sydney

A pilot study to implement and evaluate a child injury protocol in rural (Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie) and metropolitan (Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network) emergency departments. The aim is to determine if this protocol improves clinician documentation and referral of suspected abuse cases, and clinician self-efficacy and outcome expectations when responding to non-accidental injury.

> Training package for the acute paediatric care workforce to augment the existing Translational Research Project SAFE ED: Partnership project

The aims of the 12 month project are to augment efforts to provide culturally competent care in the acute setting for Aboriginal families with children involved, or at risk of becoming involved in child protection services, and to translate research evidence into a culturally safe model of care for Aboriginal children and evaluate short-term outcomes.