Child and youth health

Snoring in children

Snoring occurs in approximately one third of children. About 10% of these children snore every night. Uncomplicated snoring is at one end of the spectrum of what is termed ‘sleep-disordered breathing’ (SDB) and severe obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is at the other end. It is estimated that OSA affects approximately 3-5% of normal children.

Growing up in New Zealand Study

Dr Susan Morton talks about the Growing Up in New Zealand Study, what we have learned so far and how we should be using this knowledge to reduce inequity and optimise care in New Zealand general practices. Susan is a public health physician specialising in life-course epidemiology and works at the University of Auckland.

Childhood Obesity - Hayden McRobbie

Dr Hayden McRobbie talks about about childhood obesity. Haydon is a Professor of Public Health Intervention and has a PhD in Medical Psychology. He has many years of experience in the provision of behaviour change intervention in weight management. Haydon is the Ministry of Health’s “Raising Healthy kids” Clinical Practice champion for childhood obesity.

Community-acquired pneumonia in children

Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) refers to pneumonia that is acquired in the community as compared to pneumonia acquired in/after a stay in hospital.  Pneumonia is a bacterial or viral infection of the lungs.  It is usually caused by inhalation of micro-organisms from the upper respiratory tract. Streptococcus pneumoniae is one of the commonest causes of community-acquired pneumonia world-wide and in New Zealand.

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).

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 cultural perspectives.

At the end of this course you will:

Asthma management in children

Plese note that this course has been updated to accommodate the Child Asthma Guidelines 2020.

View new course here.

 

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 itchy, 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. 

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