Introduction to Paediatrics: Paediatric Assessment, Anatomy and Physiology

$60/per user

12 months access

What you will learn

This course is designed for health professionals involved in the assessment of a child in hospital who does not require urgent treatment.


The target audience for this course are health professionals who are new or wish to refresh their capabilities for working in paediatrics in an acute hospital.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • consider how to prepare for the assessment of a paediatric patient
  • outline the assessment of a well child in a non-acute care environment
  • outline the assessment of an unwell child during a period of acute illness
  • consider the anatomical and physiological differences between children and adults.

This module contains a significant amount of content to guide your learning. Please continue to use this module as a resource to come back to whenever it is needed.

About this course


The course will take approximately 60 minutes to complete.


On successful completion of the assessments you can download a certificate of completion.


This course adheres to South Australian (SA Health) guidelines and Australian National Standards.

The principles described in the course can however be applied to any health care setting.

If you practice outside South Australia it is your responsibility to refer to the specific requirements of your local health authority.


This course aligns with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, Second Edition – Standard 8.

Clinical Governance Standard: Ticked Partnering with Consumers Standard: Ticked Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard: Ticked Medication Safety Standard: Ticked Comprehensive Care Standard: Ticked Communication for Safety Standard: Ticked Blood Management Standard: Ticked Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Standard: Ticked


Milestones guide – South Australian Child and Youth Health Record

Early Years Learning Framework – Government of Australia

Information sheet on corrected age – Raising Children.Net

Clinical guideline on Nursing assessment – Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

Child and Youth Health manual – Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service

5 tips on connecting with your paediatric patient – CHOC Doctors Blog

Measuring respiratory rate – Don't Forget The Bubbles

Assessment of severity of respiratory conditions – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Paediatric Respiratory Assessment – Ausmed

Normal Ranges for Physiological Variables – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Circulation management – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Paediatric physiological discriminators (PPD) – Australian Government, Department of Health

Assessing Dehydration – Don't Forget The Bubbles

Normal Ranges for Physiological Variables – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Neurological System – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Detailed neurologic assessment of infants and children – UpToDate

Temperature management – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Thermoregulation in the preterm infant – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Clinical guidelines – Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Neonatal thermoregulation – Sarah Waldron and Ralph MacKinnon

Rashes – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Fever and petechiae – Purpura – The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Course structure