Sydney Child Health Program

Course Description

Please note: The Sydney Child Health Program is no longer open for enrolments and has been replaced with our postgraduate qualificiation, The Graduate Diploma in Child Health.

Why is this program no longer offered? Read more here

The Sydney Child Health Program (SCHP) is a continuing professional development program of study in paediatrics delivered by The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. The program provides a strong paediatric foundation for young doctors entering the workforce, and is essential for ongoing education for general practitioners, nurses, and other allied health professionals throughout their career. It offers a comprehensive overview of evidence-based current best practice in paediatrics. The program reflects a journey of learning in paediatric education covering 30 sub-specialty areas from neonate to adolescents. Participants will be expected to demonstrate their learning through a number of assessments including two written case reports, one verbal communication task and a final multiple-choice exam. On completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion which can be used as evidence for continuing professional development.

Who’s it for?

SCHP is an online continuing professional development program developed by health professionals for health professionals. It is suitable for:


General practitioners

General Practitioners, GP Registrars and International Medical Graduates undergoing GP training.



Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurse Consultants and Nurse Practitioners


Health professionals

Dental Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Dieticians, Pharmacists, and any other allied health professional treating children and young adolescents


Hospital doctors

Interns, Resident Medical Officers, Career Medical Officers and Registrars.



Pediatric trainees, Neonatal trainees, Psychiatric and Mental Health trainees, Emergency trainees, Surgical trainees


Medical students

Final year medical students

International students

Over the years SCHP has grown to a global reach of more than 10,000 alumni from over 40 countries. The flexibility, accessibility and self-paced learning environment provides the opportunity for any individual health professional to complete the program from anywhere in the world.

Feedback received from our alumni reveals the program has benefited their day-to-day practice tremendously with 99.5% of our participants reporting that they have improved their knowledge and their confidence in dealing with children and adolescence and 99.4% would recommend the program to others.

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Learning outcomes

The program content is divided into nine modules which reflect a journey of learning in paediatric education covering all sub-specialty areas from neonates to adolescents. Upon completion of the program, participants can expect to:


Assess a child using paediatric history and examination techniques including a developmental assessment, recognise ‘Red Flags’ presentations, and communicate your findings with the child and their family.


Organise and interpret necessary investigations to assist with reaching a diagnosis in a timely manner whilst avoiding unnecessary costly and painful procedures.


Formulate evidenced-based management plans for common acute and chronic paediatric conditions that can be personalised and adapted for each patient’s individual circumstances


Implement strategies that recognise and correct for health inequities in our health system and make a tangible difference to the health and well-being of young people.

Learning modules

Over 100 Webcasts form the core of the program content. The table shows the nine modules and the recommended time it takes to complete watching the webcasts.

Neonates and Early Years

  • 9 webcasts
  • 7.5 hours
  • Newborn examination
  • Graduates of Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Jaundice
  • Health Issues in Disadvantaged Children
  • Immunisation
  • Apnoea in Infants and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Lactation and its challenges
  • Infant Nutrition and Toddler Feeding
  • Issues in Infancy: Crying, Sleeping and Family
  • 9 webcasts
  • 8 hours
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavioural Problems in School Age Children Part 1 and 2
  • Speech and Communication Problems in Children
  • Health Issues in Indigenous Children
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Approach to the Child with Developmental Concerns
  • Faltering growth
  • Role of Culture in Child Health and Development
  • Engaging Children
  • Behaviour and Attention
  • Overview of Child Protection
  • Child Physical Abuse
  • Child Sexual Abuse


  • 9 webcasts
  • 8.5 hours
  • Cardiac Disease of the Newborn
  • Paediatric Cardiology
  • Paediatric Upper Airway
  • Outer and Middle Ear Conditions
  • Hearing Loss and Deafness in Children
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute Asthma – Parts 1 and 2
  • Cases of Asthma or not Asthma
  • Paediatric Asthma Management
  • Chronic Asthma
  • Acute Upper Airway Obstruction
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Chronic Suppurative Lung Disease in Children
  • 9 webcasts
  • 8.2 hours
  • Chronic Diarrhoea and Malabsoprtion
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Liver Disease in Children
  • Recurrent Abdominal Pain in Children
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Antibiotics and Resistance
  • Exanthems
  • Meningitis
  • Tuberculosis in Children
  • COVID-19 Pathogenesis of Disease & Sever Disease and Complications
  • Caring for children with COVID-19 in the Community
  • 9 webcasts
  • 8.8 hours
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Birthmarks Part 1 and 2
  • Paediatric Skin Infections
  • Rheumatic Diseases in Children
  • Arthritis in Children
  • Approach to Childhood Malignancy
  • Paediatric Pain Management
  • Paediatric Palliative Care
  • Urinary and Faecal Incontinence in Children
  • Haematuria and Proteinuria
  • Hypertension in Children
  • Urinary Tract Infection and Vesico Ureteric Reflux
  • Anaemia
  • Bruising and Bleeding in Children
  • Neutrophil and Platelet Disorders
  • Allergy and Allergic Diseases
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Anaphylaxis Management
  • 9 webcasts
  • 9.2 hours
  • Demystifying Inborn Errors of Metabolism
  • Genetic Tests in Paediatrics - Choices and Challenges
  • Normal Puberty and Disorders of Puberty Part 1 and 2
  • Nutritional Rickets in Children
  • Growth Disorders in Children
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Paediatric Endocrine Emergencies
  • Disorders of Sex Development
  • Childhood and Adolescent Obesity
  • 9 webcasts
  • 7.2 hours
  • The Fitting Child
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizure Mimickers in Children
  • Approach to the Child with Weakness
  • Headaches in Children
  • Neural Tube Disorders - Model of Care
  • Understanding Neurosurgery for General Practitioners
  • Brain Injuries
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • 9 webcasts
  • 8.4 hours
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Common Eye Disorders in Childhood
  • Approach to the Febrile Child and Febrile Infant
  • Paediatric Resuscitation
  • Acute Abdomen
  • Burns
  • Common Surgical Problems ‘North’
  • Common Surgical Problems ‘South’
  • Intussusception and Bowel Obstruction
  • Paediatric Trauma
  • Abdominal Imaging
  • Chest Imaging
  • Paediatric Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Bone and Joint Infections
  • Childhood Fractures
  • Postural Problems in Childhood
  • The Limping Child
  • Paediatric Poisonings
  • Childhood Injury and Prevention

Adolescent and Young People

  • 9 webcasts
  • 8.5 hours
  • Difficulties Dealing with Parents
  • Drug and Alcohol Use in Adolescents
  • Approach to Adolescents
  • Chronic Illness in Adolescents
  • Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa in Adolescents
  • Mental Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents
  • Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents
  • Child and Family Relationships
  • Mood Disorders and Suicide
  • Paediatric Sports Medicine
  • Concussion
  • Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology

Learn with expert clinicians

Clinicians Data
Prof Louise Baur

Professor of Child & Adolescent Health,…

SCHP webcast Obesity
Dr Michael Bellemore

Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

SCHP webcast Postural Problems in Childhood, The Limping Child
Dr Paul Benitez

Department of Endocrinology

SCHP webcast Paediatric Endocrine Emergencies
Dr Beverley Bennett

Community Paediatrician Child Development Unit…

SCHP webcast Behaviour and Attention


To receive your “Certificate of Completion” for the SCHP a total of four assessments must be completed. 

Fee Information

The program fee for 2023 is


  • installments 50% in-house discount for SCHN Employees
  • fee Funded placement opportunities for low-income countries

The Graduate Diploma in Child Health is a postgraduate qualification delivered by The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and in partnership with Western Sydney University