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Posted on 05 Jun 2018

Help reduce unnecessary prescribing in infant reflux

Is your health service interested in supporting a statewide priority project to improve infant care? The Paediatric Clinical Network is seeking four Victorian public hospitals to participate in the Reducing unnecessary prescribing in infant reflux project.

About the project

Gastroesophageal reflux is common in infants but is often misdiagnosed as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and treated unnecessarily with acid suppression therapy (AST).

There is increasing evidence that AST is ineffective in the treatment of infant GORD and can cause harm. This project aims to reduce AST use in four Victorian hospitals, with interventions to become more widely available in the future. 

The project is a partnership with Professor Harriet Hiscock from the Health Services Research Unit, The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).  Read more about the project.

What’s involved?

Participation in the project requires a two-year commitment from health services.

Health services will be required to nominate a clinical lead and a data extraction support person.

More broadly the project will involve undertaking qualitative interviews with clinicians and carers, data collection, implementing interventions and provide feedback to the SCV and RCH project team.

Apply to join

To apply please download the information and application forms below. Applications are due by COB on Friday 20 July 2018 to

More information

If you would like to discuss what data is required in the application or how to collect the data please contact Sarah McTaggart:

Reducing unnecessary prescribing in infant reflux

Page last updated: 28 Jun 2018