Planetary Health: Safeguarding Health in the Anthropocene Epoch

In this talk, Professor Tony Capon will introduce the findings of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health which published the report Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch in 2015, and canvass the implications of these findings for the future protection and promotion of human health and wellbeing.

Health professional education: past, present and possibilities

The RCH Handbook is part of the history of education at the Royal Children’s Hospital. It is 56 years old (1st ed 1964). The Handbook is a trusted guide to managing common and serious childhood illnesses, widely used by students and practitioners across medical, nursing, and allied health fields. In our 150th year we celebrate the launch of the 10th edition of the RCH Handbook while looking forward to what next.

Disability and family violence: learning from the voice of lived experience

Interpersonal violence against people with disabilities is a major public health concern. The COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences enhance the already increased risk for abuse among people with disabilities. This Grand Round provides both clinical strategies and a broader call to action for addressing family violence and coercive control against people with disabilities.

World Pneumonia Day: vaccines, oxygen therapy and the impact of Covid-19

It is World Pneumonia Day on November 12th.  Pneumonia and other acute lower respiratory infections remain the most common causes of childhood death, and illness requiring hospitalization globally. This is despite the effective pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) being widely available, which points to the varied causation of childhood pneumonia in 2020.

Precision Health in paediatric respiratory medicine – physiology is the key

recision (or personalised) Health is being promoted as the future of healthcare. Indeed, precision health is the key theme of the latest MCRI strategic plan and the focus of much attention on campus. One of the key tools in precision health is genomics. During this Grand Round, Prof Colin Robertson will reflect on his extensive experience as a clinician-scientist in paediatric respiratory medicine. In particular, he will focus on the successes and failures of genomics in conditions such as cystic fibrosis and asthma, and he will contend that the key to using genomics to improve patient care is a strong understanding of physiology in health and disease.

“Bring in the Allies!” Allied Health, united in care

RCH is excited to be celebrating Allied Health Professionals Day on 14 October 2020. Allied Health Professionals Day first began in the UK in 2018 and has since become an international event to recognise and celebrate the Allied Health Professional community.

Practical and ethical challenges in treatment of paediatric neurogenetic disorders

There has in recent years been a rapid increase in the number and complexity of clinical trials and novel therapies for neurogenetic conditions. Many of these conditions are individually rare, but their impact upon affected children and their families may be very severe.  While the increasing awareness and availability of new treatments brings great hope and excitement for all involved in care of these children, it also presents significant challenges for clinicians and for patients and their families.

COVID-19 Kids: Have you checked the children? Understanding the unintended consequences of COVID-19

Fortunately, COVID-19 in children is generally mild. However, the necessary public health mitigation measures to control community transmission have resulted in many unintended consequences for families and children.
How are Victorian children tracking during the pandemic? What can families do to help their children through these uncertain times? And how are young people with disabilities faring?