Paediatrics for North lakes and Brisbane Surrounds

Specialist health care professionals caring for our community

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What is Paediatrics?

Paediatrics, as most parents are aware, is the practice of diagnosing and treating infants, children and adolescents. Paediatricians work in both hospitals and as primary care physicians.

Although paediatrics was developed as a specialised field of medicine in the 1700s, modern paediatrics began to be developed, recognised and embraced by the public in the 1900s. The adult body is substantially different physiologically from an infant’s or child’s body.

Paediatricians take into account the immature physiology of their young patients when considering symptoms, providing a diagnosis and prescribing medications and treatment. One significant difference between adult medicine and paediatrics is that young patients can’t make decisions regarding their treatment by themselves.

There are issues of guardianship, legal responsibility and informed consent that have to be considered in all paediatric procedures. Paediatricians deal much more closely with the families of their patients as well as the patients themselves.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

The Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the RACP has over 4,500 fellows and trainees in Paediatrics in Australia and New Zealand.

Over 2,000 paediatricians are currently qualified and practicing all across Australia. The RACP advocates for these practitioners and promotes the protection, development and palliative care, as well as the rights of children and young people in Australia and New Zealand.

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