Event Details

Assessment of Suspected Physical Abuse in Children

14 Aug 2018 at 7:30 AM to 17 Aug 2018 at 3:00 PM
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Clinical Education Centre Auckland City Hospital
Auckland District Health Board

This workshop is focused on the assessment of injuries in children (especially, children under the age of three years), where there are concerns about possible physical abuse. It is designed primarily for Paediatricians and Advanced Trainees in Paediatrics, but will also be useful to practitioners or advanced trainees in other specialties (such as Emergency Medicine or Surgery) where assessment of injuries in young children is part of a medical practitioner’s clinical responsibilities.

The format is case-based and interactive, with bibliography and literature review. Subject areas include talking to families (role-play with actors), working with statutory authorities, abdominal injuries, bruises, burns, fractures, head injuries, documentation and writing reports and formal written statements. There is also a peer review session for attendees to present their own cases, and a dedicated session for our international contributor.

The whole of the third day is focused on giving evidence in court, in a day led by experienced barristers.

This course is designed to meet the needs of Consultants and Advanced Trainees in Paediatrics or related specialties (including Emergency Medicine and Surgical Specialties) where seeing cases of suspected physical abuse will form a part of clinical responsibilities. If you deal (even occasionally) with cases of suspected physical child abuse, then this course is for you.

Present again as an auditor and contributor will be Professor Lori Frasier, Chief of the Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Pennsylvania, USA.

Contributing staff will be Paediatricians from Te Puaruruhau (the child protection team at Starship), Dr Richard Wong-She (Plastic Surgeon, Director of the Burns Unit at Middlemore), Forensic Pathology (Dr Kilak Kesha), Dr David Perry (Paediatric Radiology and Neuroradiology), Dr Stewart Walsh (Paediatric Orthopaedics), Dr Andrea Vincent (Paediatric Ophthalmology) and Dr Russell Metcalfe (Paediatric Radiology). There is also involvement from the Auckland City Police Child Abuse Team, based here in Puawaitahi, and Oranga Tamariki.

Registration and programme information is available at the APAC Workshop website.

Early bird registration closes Tuesday 26 June.

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