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182634 - check, unit 550, Child development, June 2018

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
3 hrs

This edition of check focuses on the assessment and management of child development concerns in general practice.

Relevance to General Practice

General practice visits related to child development are common. Twenty per cent of parents of infants have concerns about unsettled crying, and speech delays occur in up to 20% of children aged two to seven years. One Victorian study found that 12% of children aged three years exhibit behavioural problems relating to hyperactivity and aggression, which can be attributed to a variety of disorders. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders should both be considered as causes of behavioural problems; obstructive sleep apnoea has also been associated with behavioural issues. Alternatively, children may be unresponsive to their parents because of hearing impairments.

Note: References and further details available on file.

Learning outcomes
  • Summarise differential diagnoses for behavioural problems in children
  • Discuss the management of behavioural problems such as FASD and ADHD
  • Identify risk factors for hearing loss in children
  • Discuss the management of children presenting with speech delays
  • Outline the guidelines used to identify the cause of excessive crying in infants
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication with family, carers and others involved in the care of the patient is appropriate and clear

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • A rational list of differential diagnoses is formulated

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Children and young people health
    • Ear and nose medicine
    • Psychological health
    182634 - check, unit 550, Child development, June 2018
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    3 hrs
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