Conference Programme

The conference programme will include invited speakers (plenary sessions), interactive panel discussions (round tables) and original research and quality improvement project presentations.

The aim is to interrogate issues in detail through panel discussions and audience participation rather than didactic (formal) presentations.

The conference programme will feature leading South African experts in child and public health.

The provisional programme is subject to change and details of speakers will be available from the Priorities in Child Health website as the conference approaches.

Child Health Priorities Conference 2018 – Day 1

Day 1: Thursday, 29 November 2018
08.00 - 10.00Registration
10.00 - 10.15Welcome
10.15 - 11.00Keynote Address:
"Transform - What does it mean?"
11.00 - 12.30Improving quality within dysfunctional systems

Improving hospital care for children

What are the key issues?
Are norms and standards useful?
Examples of initiatives that have made a discernible difference.
12.30 - 13.30Lunch
13:30-15:00Re-directing primary health care re-engineering
Re-envisaging the role of district clinical specialist teams

What are the key issues?
Examples of successful initiatives/practices?
What transformation is needed?
15:15-16:45Re-directing primary health care re-engineering
Community health workers to the fore

How can ward based outreach teams deliver on their promise?
Day 2: Friday, 30th November 2018
7:30- 8:00Registration
08:00-09:30Re-directing primary health care re-engineering
Delivering effective primary health care services for children

Is the Ideal Clinic initiative relevant to paediatrics?
Is a single prescribed standard feasible?
Integrating well and sick care – a notion or a reality?
Who provides leadership?
09h30-11h00Re-directing primary health care re-engineering
Private sector: who is accountable?

What is the private sector’s role in universal health coverage?
Can the private sector be held accountable for protecting children’s health?
And if so, who is responsible for holding them to account, and what are the mechanisms for doing so?
11:00-11:30Tea
11:30-13:00Improving quality within dysfunctional systems
Immunisation in focus

What are the next big issues facing us in SA?
Getting health systems going
Improving coverage assessing, understanding and reaching the poorest and most vulnerable communities
13:00-13:30Lunch
13:30-14:00SA Child Health Priorities Association Annual General Meeting
14:00-15:30Strengthening human resources:
The education and training of future child health practitioners in South Africa

How can training programmes be modified to better meet children’s needs?
A core child health curriculum in every programme?
How best to move the agenda
15:30-17:00Research presentations
Quality Improvement projects
Child Health Priorities Conference 2018 – Day 3
07:30-8:00Registration
08:00-09:30Making a difference
Advancing child health policies and programmes through a rights based approach.

Sharing the experience of civil society advocacy groups in advancing child rights
09:30-11:00Making a difference
Child Health advocacy and leadership

What more should we be doing to advocate for children’s health and wellbeing?
How best can political commitment be catalysed?
Who provides leadership?
A people-centred movement?
11:00-11:30Tea
11:30-12:45Conference actions and resolutions
12:45-13:00Closure

 

Research (Oral presentation)

The conference programme provides the opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present their recent work in the form of oral presentations.

Abstracts should be sent to the organisers by Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

Authors will be notified by e-mail by the 7 November 2018 whether or not their abstract has been accepted.

Delegates presenting oral presentations will be exempted from registration fees on condition that their abstract has been accepted by the Organising Committee.

Poster presentations are NOT being solicited.

Quality Improvement project presentation

As an innovation, the conference programme provides the opportunity for practitioners to present the results of any recent quality improvement work.

Abstracts should be sent to the organisers by Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

Authors will be notified by e-mail by the 7 November 2018 whether or not their abstract has been accepted.

Delegates presenting quality improvement projects will be exempted from registration fees on condition that their abstract has been accepted by the Organising Committee.

CPD points

South African registered health professionals will be eligible for CPD points.

Bursaries

Regrettably, no scholarships or bursaries are available.