Northern Paediatric Physician Training Network


The Northern Paediatric Physician Training Network has been developed in association with HETI (Health Education and Training Institute). The hub of the northern network, the John Hunter Children's Hospital, is closely associated with the University of Newcastle. John Hunter Children’s Hospital [JHCH] is the major paediatric centre and is one of the three tertiary centres in NSW. 

  • Clinical training across a number of sites

Trainees undertake training in a range of terms across the hospitals within the Network.  Trainees can therefore utilise the strengths and opportunities provided at each site.

  • Formal exam preparation

Exam preparation can be supra-regional, state wide or national if through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. The networks make use of technology to deliver training to all sites in the network.

  • Professional development program

The networks all provide the following programs: Teaching on the Run, Communication Skills, Leadership and Management.

There are seven other hospitals in the Northern Paediatric Training Network, which include Coffs Harbour, Gosford, Lismore, Maitland, Port Macquarie, Taree, Tamworth, Tweed Heads, and Wyong.

The purpose of the network is to provide an organised education and training program for trainees in preparation for their FRACP examinations and their future career in the practice of paediatric medicine.

Training programs are tailored to the developmental level of the trainee. Lectures and procedural experience in our skills and simulation lab are conducted by our local experts as well as visiting specialists from interstate. There is a preparation program for pre-examination candidates for both written and clinical examinations. Our trainees have protected time from clinical duties to attend training during their work time.

The Northern Paediatric Training Network encompasses Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) Services across Hunter New England Local Health District. CYPF is the organisational structure that facilitates population health planning and service provision for the community who live in this region. CYPF links clinical services for children, young people and their families, with professional disciplines within the geographic regions of the Hunter. CYPF is responsible for providing an accessible integrated system of health care throughout the region.

About Newcastle and surrounding areas

Only two hours drive north of Sydney you will find Newcastle, a modern city boasting a rich heritage and stunning coastline. How many other cities offer the opportunity to leave the office at lunchtime and enjoy refreshing surf or swim only minutes from the city centre. Nobbys, Newcastle, Bar, Dixon Park and Merewether are all within 5km of the city centre.

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As Australia's seventh largest city, Newcastle offers all the benefits and amenities of a large city but with all the friendliness of a regional town. With excellent medical facilities; first class educational opportunities and easily accessible transport, there are many reasons why Newcastle is a great place, great lifestyle, great future.