The Paediatric Service operates clinics for children with behavioural and developmental issues upon referral from general practitioners.
On 27th March the 8th Annual Paediatric Interagency ‘Big Day Out’ hosted by Dr Shellshear, winner of the 2018 West Moreton Health Interconnected Awards, and his colleagues, and including Education, CYMHS, paediatric therapy services in the area, GP’s, and NGO’s, will bring together the many agencies supporting children in the region.
Paediatrics Staff Specialist Dr Ian Shellshear says the day has been rated 4.5/5 stars by past participants! “The day is always a lot of fun and we like to enforce ‘jargon is banned’ and ‘reading from notes’, encouraging face to face interaction with colleagues.
“The challenges paediatric services and their patients face can only be solved by presenting a united multi-disciplinary team. The interagency serves to connect and share strategies for assessment and treatment.
“There are so many variables in behavioural and developmental issues in children and we know that parenting has changed, nuclear families are no longer the norm and most importantly there are no manuals for parenting a child!
“In a technology driven world, distracting elements are everywhere and electronics use in both the parents and the child can add to tricky behavioural issues.
“We do know that most children just want to play and interact – playing teaches sharing, turn-taking, losing, gestures and tone of voice – all critical learnings for children.
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‘Big Day Out’ Paediatric Interagency event
Supported by the Ipswich Hospital Foundation, the Ipswich City Council, and the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN, the Big Day Out offers a space for local networking between services supporting Paediatrics including:
l Department of Education and Training
l West Moreton Hospital and Health Service (Child Development Service, Child Youth Mental Health Service)
l Department of Communities (EVOLVE)
l SPARK Child Wellbeing Centre
l The Poppy Centre
l Private Practitioners
l Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN
Venue for the ‘Big Day Out’ event is the North Ipswich Reserve Function Centre, 2B Pine Street, North Ipswich.
Date: Wednesday, 27 March 2019 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (AEST)
Tickets for interested agencies are available on the Ipswich Hospital Foundation website at https://www.ihfoundation.org.au/events/