The PAEDS network comprises The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney; The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne; Women’s and Children's Hospital, Adelaide; Perth Children’s Hospital, Perth; Queensland Children’s Hospital, Brisbane; Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin; and Monash Health, Melbourne. The PAEDS Coordinating Centre is based at Kids Research at The Children’s Hospital Westmead, where NCIRS is located.
Dedicated and experienced research nurses are employed specifically to conduct PAEDS surveillance work at each PAEDS hospital site. PAEDS nurses scan emergency department and hospital admission records and other sources, such as microbiology and radiology records, each day to detect cases that potentially fulfil the criteria for the conditions under active surveillance. Clinical data and immunisation history, verified on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), relevant to the child’s condition are recorded in a de-identified way in a national PAEDS-specific web-based data management system.
PAEDS investigators at each site clarify clinical case presentations and liaise with hospital clinicians and laboratories to ensure surveillance data collected is optimal. Epidemiological analysis is routinely conducted to review and answer study questions on each condition. Where relevant, clinical specimens taken for patient management may be analysed further, such as for genotyping of varicella-zoster virus and influenza subtyping. All PAEDS investigators meet monthly via teleconference, and an annual 2-day face-to-face meeting is held each year.
The following personnel are directly involved in PAEDS:
Investigators: Professor Kristine Macartney, Associate Professor Nick Wood, Professor Robert Booy, Professor Elizabeth Elliott (APSU), Professor Peter McIntyre, Dr Philip Britton, Dr Helen Quinn, Dr Meru Sheel
PAEDS coordinating team: Nicole Dinsmore, Jocelynne McRae, Gemma Saravanos
Surveillance team: Laura Rost, Kathy Meredith
PhD students: Samantha Carlson, Jocelynne McRae, Gemma Saravanos, Lucy Deng, Ryan Lucas
Masters students: Julia Maguire, Dr James Bao
NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS)
Investigators: Dr Nigel Crawford, Dr Daryl Cheng, Alissa McMinn
Surveillance nurses: Alissa McMinn, Donna Lee, Kate Brownlee
Investigators: Professor Peter Richmond, Associate Professor Christopher Blyth, Dr Tom Snelling
Surveillance team: Jennifer Kent, Cazz Finucane,
PhD student: Dan Norman
Investigators: Associate Professor Helen Marshall
Surveillance nurses: Chris Heath, Mary Walker
PhD student: Bing Wang
Investigators: Associate Professor Julia Clark, Dr Anne Kynaston, Dr Adam Irwin
Surveillance team: Sonia Dougherty, Sara Cook
Investigators: Dr Joshua Francis
Surveillance nurse: Laura Francis
Investigators: Associate Professor Jim Buttery
Surveillance team: Gowri Selvaraj, Karen Bellamy, Catherine Au, Margaret Gibson
PAEDS is privileged to work with several associate investigators, collaborators and contributors.
PAEDS is overseen by the PAEDS Reference Group which includes representatives from all participating state health departments and independent expert groups.
The Group was formed in 2013 to provide guidance on priority conditions for surveillance, potential synergies and collaborations with other surveillance schemes. This group also provides feedback on PAEDS network outputs, including translation of surveillance and research findings into policy and practice.
Members of the PAEDS Reference Group attend the PAEDS face-to-face meeting annually in Sydney.