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Children with Higher Care Needs

Mater Education, in collaboration with Mater Children’s Private Brisbane, is proud to offer a suite of courses for carers, educators, coaches or support workers in the community that may care for or support children with higher care needs. The courses have been developed by a highly qualified team including paediatric nursing clinicians and paediatric educators who train Mater’s exceptional staff.
 
Each course will equip participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to care for children with various needs including:

  • Care and management of children with epilepsy
  • Care and management of children with type one diabetes
  • Paediatric asthma management and anaphylaxis in children
  • Tracheostomy care and management in children
  • Ostomy, stoma and gastrostomy care in children
  • Developmental delay and spectrum disorders in children.

 

Who should attend?

These courses are designed for members of the community that may care for or support children with higher care needs including early childhood workers, parents, carers, educators and disability care workers.

Course information

  • This suite of six courses runs over three months with two courses per month. Participants can attend a course (half day) as a standalone course or attend or two courses (full day) each month.

    Course one - Care and management of children with epilepsy
    This course will include information on:

    • What is epilepsy?

    • Considerations for caring for a child with epilepsy

    • Recognition of a seizure and rescue management including the administration of rescue medication.

    Course two - Care and management of children with type 1 diabetes
    This course will include information on:

    • Type 1 diabetes in a child

    • Considerations for caring for a child with diabetes including:

      • Nutrition and meal times

      • Recognising high and low blood glucose in a child

      • Using a blood glucose monitor with a finger prick to obtain blood glucose level

      • Sick day management

    • Administration of subcutaneous insulin and emergency medications.

    Course three - Paediatric asthma management and anaphylaxis in children
    This course will include information on:

    • What is asthma and how does it affect the child

    • What are the triggers and signs and symptoms of an asthma attack

    • Treatment and emergency management – use of reliever medications and spacer

    • What is an anaphylactic reaction and how does it affect the child

    • Considerations of caring for a child who could have an anaphylactic reaction

    • Emergency management including use of an EpiPen.

    Course four - Tracheostomy care and management in children
     This course will include information on:

    • What is a tracheostomy

    • Why would a child require a tracheostomy

    • How is a tracheostomy inserted

    • Considerations relating to care of the child with a tracheostomy

    • Care, cleaning and suctioning of the tracheostomy

    • Emergency care and tracheostomy change/reinsertion.

    Course five - Ostomy, stoma and gastrostomy care in children
    This course will include information on:

    • What are stomas and ostomies
    • What are the different types of stomas
    • Common reasons for ostomy insertions and how these issues may change/effect day to day care of the child
    • Care and management of the stoma and appliance including removal and reattaching an appliance, emptying an appliance, cleaning and care of the ostomy

    • What is a gastrostomy?

    • Reasons why a child may require a gastrostomy and need to be fed via a gastrostomy

    • Care and management of the gastrostomy tube, ostomy site and feeding  equipment

    • Feeding via a gastrostomy

    • Considerations for the your child with the ostomy and gastrostomy including development and communication.

    Course six - Developmental delay and spectrum disorders in children
    This course will include information on:

    • What is a developmental delay
    • Care of a child with developmental delay
    • Spectrum disorders in children
    • Considerations of caring for a child who has a spectrum disorder.