Questions and answers

Future participants

The program is designed to be completed within one year with a recommended commitment of 3-4 hours study per week. Because we understand work and family commitments often take priority, you’re welcome to extend your studies over a two-year period to suit your needs.

To enrol in the program, you will need to provide evidence of your graduate degree, or AHPRA number, or proof of qualifications. Certified copies of your documents can be emailed or posted to our office.

Enrolments are open throughout the year however the date of your enrolment will determine your completion date. SCHP’s two completion dates in the year are June and December.

Cut-off date to enrol for June Completion is 31 October and December Completion is 30 April. This leaves approx. 38 weeks which we believe is the minimum time needed to complete this program.

You’re not expected to be practicing or working with children whilst studying but we recommend that you have some experience working with children. This experience will help when writing your assessments that require reflection and observation of past paediatric cases and will give you an opportunity to apply your knowledge as you learn.

For Australia - Yes, the Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP), an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health administered in all States of Australia to assist health professionals in rural and remote Australia only. See details provided here. You will need to contact the respective network within your state of residence and will be subject to their terms and conditions.

Upon completion, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. For Australian participants, you will receive CPD accreditation from RACGP, ACEM and ACCRM. See below for CPD allocation following triennium guidelines of each accrediting body:

College Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) (Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine) ACCRM (Australian College of Emergency Medicine) ACEM
Name of Activity Sydney Child Health Program
Provider Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN)
2017-19 80 category 1 points 30 cPDP -
Jul-2020 – Dec 2021 - - 130 hours (online education activity)
2020-2022 80 accredited CPD points 150 hours -

International participants

The final MCQ exam is held online. Travel is not required to study the program as all program material, webcasts, assessments, and exams are accessible on our intuitive learning platform.

With the help and support of our extensive network of connections, SCHP offers scholarships in developing nations where access to quality paediatric education is key to improving child health and wellbeing in these areas. Get in touch with your team to enquire about the latest scholarships available in your region.

A minimum IELTS of 7 (or equivalent) is recommended to undertake this program.

Completing this program will provide you with a stronger foundation in paediatric experience to support your daily practice in your local region. The program is not considered a formal requirement to practice of the Australian Medical Council to practice in Australia. We recommend visiting Australia’s Department of Home Affairs to learn more about living and working in Australia.

Current participants

Your case report can be based on cases that you have come across during your placements as a practitioner, trainee or student including cases in emergency departments, obstetric and neonatal units, mental health units, surgical units, and general practice settings. Medical cases that present in the young adult age group up to 24 years of age are also acceptable. The case can also belong to a colleague as long as acknowledgment of that is provided in the report.

However, please do not use a written report of a case and make it your own as this constitutes plagiarism. For similar reasons, do not use online case reports as your own.

We also recommend to complete modules 1 and 2 prior to commencing your first case report. The case report samples provided on the website should also give you an idea on how to write your own case.

We understand that family, work and other commitments often take priority in your day-to-day. If you’re unable to continue, get in touch with us by email and our team will happily help you defer your studies to the following year.

Sydney Child Health Program (non-award) continues to be a globally relevant online education program, and it continues to be offered by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and endorsed by the University of Sydney. It is designed to support and educate children’s health practitioners all over the world, based on best practice principles applied in those locations. You do not have to be resident or practicing in Sydney in order to benefit from the education and experience you will gain.

Sydney Child Health Program is a continuing professional development program in paediatrics from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network endorsed by the University of Sydney.