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Paediatric Nursing in Low Resource Settings

Australian hospitals and clinics have access to some of the best clinicians and technology in the world, however, worldwide there is a healthcare divide in terms of tools that paediatric nurses and midwives can access. In these areas, assessment skills become crucial in order to best provide care to our youngest patients.

Course Overview

This session will provide a basic overview of paediatric health globally and we will consider how various settings can teach us and remind us about basic assessment, management and early detection of the sick paediatric patient. We will explore some of the disease processes that are becoming more apparent to particular groups of people in particular settings and consider why this is important to understand. At the end of the session, we will also discuss fluid management in paediatric patients and why management and documentation is so important.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Develop a global overview of paediatric health and understand the reasons for the significant differences in paediatric health outcomes
  • Define cultural understanding in the current climate of our “global village”
  • Recognise the importance of understanding paediatric disease and illness-specific to the context of where you are working
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of fluid management in all paediatric settings, particularly in the context of sepsis

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Apr 2019

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Emily Young

Paediatric Nurse Consultant


Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2010 and keeps a home-base in Adelaide, South Australia. She has worked at the Adelaide Metropolitan Children’s Hospital and The Women’s and Children’s Hospital working in general medical wards and haematology/oncology.

In 2015, she volunteered overseas and spent the following five years working, volunteering, studying and traveling the world with nursing at the core of everything she did. In 2018, she worked as a paediatric nurse consultant at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in South Australian.

Emily has completed a Diploma in Tropical Nursing at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK and soon after, was offered a 6-month contract in Sierra Leone. Her role in Sierra Leone was to teach and support nursing staff in an emergency triage, assessment and treatment program where she successfully reduced paediatric mortality and morbidity through the training program she oversaw.

Emily is the founder of Gandharba Health Projects Adelaide Incorporated – a non-government organisation that supports international and local staff working in remote Napali villages to teach basic hygiene and sanitation, women’s health, men’s health and family planning.

Currently, Emily is completing a Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice and shares her nursing experiences on her blog,