Paediatric Physician Training Network

A training network is:

  • A grouping of training sites (hospitals and health services) as part of a combined training program and in accordance with agreed principles
  • Endorsed by College, Health Department and Health Services
  • Supported by governance structures and dedicated staff
  • Different from 'informal' networks

In 2007, the paediatric networked training program was introduced in NSW with three established networks. The networks were closely aligned with the Child Health Networks.

  • Each Network will be overseen by a Network Governance Committee (NGC)
  • All three networks will be overseen by the Paediatric Physician Training Council (PPTC)


A review of paediatric physician training was undertaken in 2005, with final report endorsed by the NSW Minister for Health in 2007, and implemented in 2008.

The report recommended that training for paediatrics be delivered through training networks. The intention of networked training was to facilitate equitable distribution of trainees, while maintaining high quality training. The purpose of the training networks is to ensure a sustainable system of training while fulfilling the clinical service needs required throughout NSW.

Following the review, the Principles were developed to assist with the delivery of paediatric training.

Network Governance Committees

Each of the networks is governed by a Network Governance Committee (NGC). The NGC meets four times per year.

The Network Governance Committee is responsible for the attraction, recruitment, and retention of trainees within its network.

The role of the NGC is to provide:

  • An opportunity for network stakeholders (trainees, clinical trainers and hospital administrators) to participate actively in the governance of the training Network
  • A forum for discussion of ideas and strategies to improve training within the Network or remedy identified deficiencies at a local level
  • A focus of accountability for paediatric physician training within the Network
  • Support for the Network Director of Paediatric Physician Education
  • Transparent and equitable network governance and management

Benefits of the Network System for Trainees

  • Equitable access to education initiatives for all trainees
  • A co-ordinated approach to facilitate access to training facilities across sites
  • Improved access to professional development opportunities
  • Increased collaboration amongst trainees, clinicians and health service managers about issues facing paediatric physician training and service delivery
  • Greater transparency in determining hospital rotations within existing 'networks'
  • Well-developed appeals mechanisms if sites are not providing appropriate training
  • Greater exposure to a variety of training opportunities (provided at different sites) in order to fulfil College requirements
  • Trainees also have access to protected teaching time

Term Evaluations

For every term a trainee completes, they MUST complete a term evaluation form and submit it to their Network Education Support Officer. This feedback is important for ensuring that trainees are able to provide feedback on education, training and supervisors within their network. Term Evaluation feedback is used by the Networks to make necessary changes to their training program.

Term Supervisor Reports

Term Supervisor reports are completed at the end of each term (four times per year) by the term supervisors. These forms provide each trainee with important feedback on their performance throughout the term and are reviewed by the NDPE.

Education and Training for Paediatric Physician Trainees in NSW – Network Training Program

Each Network is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the training program.

Each Network training program has the following:

  • Clinical training across a number of sites
    • Trainees undertake training in a range of terms across the hospitals within the Network
    • Utilise the strengths and opportunities provided at each site
  • Formal exam preparation program
    • Could be supra-regional, state-wide or national if through the College
    • Make use of technology to deliver training to all sites in the network
  • Professional Development Program
    • Teaching on the Run
    • Communication skills
    • Leadership
    • Management