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Advocating for kids - a new episode on children's health

28 Aug 2020

In this episode, host Susan Biggar is joined by Paediatrician Professor Kim Oates. Professor Oates has an extensive career in children’s health including many years at Westmead Children’s Hospital. He has seen the system change from a focus on illness to a whole-child and patient and family-centred approach to care.

‘Putting the patient first every time, this is really important. And we still have to get that across to many people in medicine,’ Professor Oates said.

‘There are skills that provide high quality care that are separate from the technical skills. Clear communication skills, for example. The person might be a brilliant clinician or surgeon but if they don’t communicate clearly with the family, the family misunderstands instructions, things might go wrong,’ he added.

In this episode, Professor Oates also reflects on his work with vulnerable children and the changes he’s seen to improve support for these children and their families.

He also discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting kids. While acknowledging children have generally fared well from the impact of COVID-19, there have been downstream effects, which we will continue to see in the coming months and years. Professor Oates also talks about the positive influence of the pandemic on paediatric care, such as the potential for ‘virtual hospitals’ and new methods of online communications.

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Telehealth in the pandemic era

Telehealth is on the rise in Australia since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss the opportunities, how to best provide safe care using technology and how telehealth may continue to increase beyond the ‘pandemic era’. 

Join Tash Miles in conversations with physiotherapist Dr Viktoria Molloy, podiatrist Michael Nitschke and occupational therapist Leanne Hopkins for a range of perspectives across different health professions. We hear stories from their telehealth experiences, how these practitioners are adapting and also how they can incorporate pre-pandemic practice, techniques and tools into their healthcare delivery. 

Duration: 24:08   Released: April