Child and youth health

Topical corticosteroids may be a safe alternative to treat phimosis in boys

Phimosis, where the foreskin cannot be fully drawn back over the penis is normal at birth and often self-corrects without needing treatment during the first four years of life; only 10% of three-year-old boys have phimosis (congenital phimosis).

Trauma-informed care for the children's workforce

This course is about understanding a trauma-informed system and recognising the indicators and impacts of trauma. It has been developed for the children’s/tamariki workforce (e.g. social workers, police officers, school based workers such as counsellors, teachers, teacher-aides, RTLBs; people working in children’s teams, people working in public health roles, people working in community support roles, mental health workers: Everyone working with children/tamariki and their whānau).

MedTalk Series: Asthma in children

Dr Diana North, Goodfellow Unit GP Advisor talks with Dr David McNamara, Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Specialist employed at Starship Childrens Hospital in Auckland, NZ. 

Dr McNamara discusses what is new in the diagnosis and management of asthma in children up to 16 years of age. The goals of treatment and using a stepped approach to treatment in children is overviewed, as well as:

Childhood trauma: impact on development & behaviour

The responses of children/tamariki to a traumatic event vary. Even children/tamariki exposed to the same traumatic event may have different responses. Nearly all children/tamariki express some kind of distress or behavioural change following a traumatic event. This course will review childhood trauma from biological as well as cultueral perspectives.

At the end of this course you will:

Asthma management in children

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract.

New Zealand has one of the highest reported cases of asthma globally. In New Zealand the prevalence of asthma is highest amongst children and young adults and is dominant amongst Māori and Pacific children.

Māori and Pacific children:

Atopic eczema in children

Eczema (atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis) is an itchy inflammatory skin disease most commonly seen in children. It is characterised by pruritis and inflamed, dry, scaling and crusted skin.  If the condition becomes chronic lichenification (thickening) and hyperpigmentation of the skin are seen.

Eczematous skin has reduced skin barrier function, cutaneous inflammation with increased susceptibility to irritants, and higher rates of Staphylococcus aureus colonisation. 

Webinar: Innovations in managing childhood eczema

This webinar was on innovations in managing childhood eczema, introduced and moderated by Professor Bruce Arroll with valuable input and insights from Jessica Tiplady.

The webinar covered questions and issues on managing childhood eczema, with Jessica's insights on her clinic's nurse-led eczema clinic and its positive benefits.

Childhood anxiety - Amy Bird

Dr Amy Bird is a clinical psychologist specialising in anxiety disorders. She is also a lecturer in mental health with the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care at The University of Auckland.

Common childhood orthopaedic problems - Andrew Graydon

Doctor Andrew Graydon talks about common childhood orthopaedic problems. Andrew is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Starship children’s hospital and at Eastwood orthopaedic clinic in Auckland. His areas of interest are general paediatrics, hip foot and ankle surgery along with musculoskeletal oncology.

MercyAscot - Paediatric Care Update

At this 1day MercyAscot Education Series workshop Orthopaedic Surgeon Andrew Graydon, General Surgeon James Hamill and ENT Surgeon Melanie Collins covered a range of paediatric topics, including hernias, ENT issue and the challenges of managing paediatric patients.

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