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Aim of the clinical community of practice

To provide an opportunity for clinicians to share ideas, strategies, local solutions and concerns with respect to COVID-19 pandemic preparedness.

The community of practice will be multidisciplinary and include representation from all districts, relevant networks and pillars. It will enable clinicians and clinical managers in acute paediatric and youth health from all districts and networks to provide expert advice and guidance to the system, and to escalate matters that require a statewide or system response.

The aim of these sessions are to:
  • support clinicians to network and share strategies, local solutions and issues with respect to pandemic preparedness for acute paediatric and youth health services
  • identify, prioritise and escalate issues related to COVID-19 which are actually or potentially affecting clinicians providing care to children and young people through acute paediatric and youth health that require a statewide or system response
  • share approved advice and resources on the response to COVID-19 that can be circulated within all districts and networks.


  • Executive sponsor: Deb Willcox, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Resources
  • Clinical lead
    • Paediatrics: Dr Matt O’Meara, NSW Chief Paediatrician, NSW Ministry of Health
    • Youth: Professor Rachel Skinner, Senior Clinical Advisor, Youth Health and Wellbeing, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Community of practice secretariat
    • To raise issues and questions with the Paediatric and Youth COP email – MOH-AcutePaedsYouth-COVID-19@health.nsw.gov.au 
    • Paediatrics and Youth: Ms Lisa Quirk, Principal Policy Officer, Paediatrics, Health and Social Policy Branch – lisa.quirk@health.nsw.gov.au
    • Key stakeholders: Operational and clinical leaders and managers from local health districts, speciality health networks, pillars and networks delivering or supporting delivery of acute paediatric and youth health services in NSW and ACT.

Health and Social Policy will escalate issues raised by the community of practice to Strategic Reform and Planning. Key information will be collected and distributed through MOH-COVID19-ClinicalAdvice@health.nsw.gov.au, which will be monitored by Strategic Reform and Planning.

Collated issues/advice will be escalated by Ms Willcox through to the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) and/or the State Health Emergency Operations Centre (SHEOC) as appropriate.

PHEOC and SHEOC responses will be provided to Strategic Reform and Planning and then to the community of practice secretariat(s).

Weekly community of practice updates will be provided to NSW Health Chief Executives.

Clinical leads

Each community of practice will have a clinical lead appointed by Deb Willcox, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Resources.

The clinical lead will:
  • assist with the facilitation of the community of practice
  • work with clinical peers in the districts and networks to share ideas and develop appropriate response strategies
  • provide expert advice and guidance to the system and Ministry as required
  • escalate relevant matters to the Ministry that require a statewide or system response
  • provide expert advice to respond to media enquiries.

This community of practice scope is not

A group which is able to endorse statewide changes or make decisions that impact a unit or system or allocate funding to recommendations.


This community of practice is open to medical, nursing, allied health and clinical network leaders and managers working in acute paediatrics and youth health. As a minimum it will include representation from all districts and networks. However, membership may be extended more broadly to include all interested NSW Health staff as well as professional colleges, private providers/clinicians and other non-government organisations as appropriate to the clinical speciality.

To join participants should email: MOH-AcutePaedsYouth-COVID-19@health.nsw.gov.au

Frequency of the community of practice

Ad hoc basis using digital platforms. Details will be attached to the calendar invitations. Initial meetings commenced 26 March 2020.

Other information for paediatrics and youth

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Current as at: Friday 24 March 2023
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW