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December 2012

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Jayden Anderson, 15 years old, admitted to the Royal Children’s with a fractured leg, Chief of Surgery and Director of Orthopaedics Associate Professor Leo Donnan and Acting Director of Emergency Medicine Dr Ed Oakley.

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Screen shot from paediatric fracture guidelines

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Fact sheet for parents on a buckle injury from the website.

Website fixes on paediatric broken bones

The Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network (VPON), in collaboration with The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Department of Health, has launched an on-line resource aimed at improving fracture care.

The website includes guidelines for clinicians and carers on the identification and management of the most common upper and lower limb paediatric fractures.

Each year, more than 20,000 children present to Victorian emergency departments with a suspected fracture.

‘Research has shown that when it comes to paediatric fracture care there is wide variation in the services provided and a lack of evidence in the way in which we practise,’ said Chief of Surgery and Director of Orthopaedics at the Royal Children’s Hospital Leo Donnan.

‘This website aims to standardise fracture management for children by providing evidence-based guidelines in a clear and concise fashion within an e-health application’.

Professor Donnan led a resource development project team that included other specialist paediatric orthopaedic surgeons, emergency department doctors and allied health clinicians from the Royal Children’s and Barwon and Western Health as well as representatives from the Department’s Acute Program.

Additional resources available on the website include:

•             An interactive and comprehensive education package on paediatric physiology and fracture healing for clinicians and students;

•             Easily-understandable fact sheets for parents and carers on what to expect and how to care for children after a fracture;

•             Videos showing the correct techniques for the application of splints and plasters.

The project was funded by the Department and is available worldwide to anyone with an interest in paediatric fractures.

•             The new guidelines and education packages are available at For more information on other common paediatric orthopaedic conditions go to the Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network website at