CareTrack Kids

Project Members - Macquarie University
Project Main Description

CareTrack Kids is a project which commenced in 2013 and is supported by collaborative partners that are investigating the appropriateness and safety of healthcare received by children. This study will, for the first time examine the appropriateness of the care provided in Australia for 19 common conditions, barriers that prevent appropriate delivery and measure the frequency and nature of adverse events involving children in our healthcare system, offering a unique opportunity to address safety deficiencies. The ultimate aim is efficient, safe and effective delivery of healthcare to children in Australia. More detailed information can be accessed at

  1. To obtain national agreement on sets of indicators for management of 16 common paediatric conditions.
  2. To measure the appropriateness of healthcare delivered to children in Australia in acute healthcare settings.
  3. To measure the frequency and type of adverse events in children in Australia.
Project Contacts
Dr Shanthi Ramanathan
Project Manager
0431 094 468
Mr Peter Hibbert
Program Manager
Collaborative Partners


The following jurisdictions and organisations are supporting the project as partners:

  • BUPA Health Foundation
  • The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, New South Wales
  • New South Wales Kids and Families
  • Children’s Health Queensland
  • South Australia Department of Health


  • Clinical Excellence Commission


Project Team Details

  Chief Investigators

  • Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Foundation Director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Director, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Macquarie University
  • Professor Les White, Chief Paediatrician, NSW and University of New South Wales
  • Professor Chris Cowell, Director of Research, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network
  • Professor Adam Jaffé, John Beveridge Professor of Paediatrics, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Mark Harris, Foundation Professor of General Practice, Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales

Associate Investigators

  • Associate Professor Stan Goldstein, Bupa Health Foundation
  • Associate Professor Andrew Hallahan, Children’s Health Queensland
  • Professor Cliff Hughes, Clinical Excellence Commission
  • Associate Professor Elisabeth Murphy, NSW Kids and Families
  • Dr Annie Lau, AIHI, Macquarie University
  • Adjunct Professor John Wakefield, Children’s Health Queensland
  • Professor Bill Runciman, Australian Patient Safety Foundation and University of South Australia
  • Dr Gavin Wheaton, South Australia Statewide Child Health Clinical Network
  • Dr Helena Williams, General Practitioner, Board Member of Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare

International Advisory Group

  • Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, World Health Organisation, Imperial College, London, UK
  • Dr Ed Kelley, World Health Organisation
  • Professor Richard Lilford, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Peter Lachman, Great Ormond St Hospital for Children NHS Trust, UK
  • Associate Professor Stephen Muething, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio, US

Project Staff

Clinical Champions

Clinical Champion


Dr Sarah Dalton

Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW

Assoc Prof Andrew Hallahan

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, QLD

Dr Jonny Taitz

Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW

Dr Sue Woolfenden

Sydney Children’s Hospital, NSW

Dr Ruth Selig

Mosman, NSW.

Prof Adam Jaffe

Discipline of Paediatrics, School of Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW

Dr Vanessa Sarkozy

School of Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW

Assoc Prof Susan Moloney

Gold Coast University Hospital, QLD

Prof Chris Cowell

Sydney Children’s Health Network, NSW

Dr Joanne Morris

School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, NSW

Dr Gavin Wheaton

Women’s and Children’s Hospital, SA

Dr David Moore

Women's and Children's Hospital, SA

Dr Philip Coote

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW

Assoc Prof Elisabeth Murphy

NSW Kids and Families, NSW

Dr Bronwyn Gould

Paddington, NSW

Prof Mark Harris

Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, UNSW

Dr Helen K Young

Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW

Dr Carl De Wet

Logan Hyperdome Doctors, QLD

Dr Helena Williams

Russell Clinic, SA

Dr Paresh Dawda

Ochre Health, ACT


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