CareTrack Kids

Project Members - Macquarie University
Project Main Description

CareTrack Kids is a landmark national study investigating the standard of healthcare provided to children in Australia. By examining 17 common childhood conditions, the study measures adherence by GPs and paediatricians to clinical practice guideline recommendations and identifies barriers that prevent appropriate delivery. The study also measures the frequency and nature of adverse events involving children in our healthcare system, offering a unique opportunity to address safety deficiencies. This research will underpin the future efficient, safe and effective delivery of healthcare to children in Australia. 

Update 21 March 2018: Results from the CareTrack Kids study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association show children in Australia receive care in line with clinical practice guideline recommendations on average 60 percent (59.8 per cent) of the time for 17 common medical conditions. Read details of the report here.

  1. To obtain national agreement on sets of indicators for management of 17 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
Mr Peter Hibbert
Program Manager
0414 253 461
Dr Shanthi Ramanathan
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, Founding 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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