About Us

Advanced Paediatric Life Support, Australia (APLS) aims to improve the early management of acutely ill and injured children in Australia through training and education of health care professionals.

A fully incorporated, not-for-profit organisation founded in 1997, APLS Australia currently produces over 120 courses a year for more than 2,000 health care professionals, expanding each year.

Its flagship courses, Advanced Paediatric Life Support and Paediatric Life Support, will run in over 30 locations across Australia in 2016 with outreach work conducted in several developing countries.

APLS is the recommended course for all hospital staff working in clinical environments where children and adolescents are cared for, by the RACP's 'National Standards for the Care of Children and Adolescents'.

From its development in the 1980s by the UK's Advanced Life Support Group, APLS has become the internationally recognised gold standard in paediatric emergency training. Courses are supported by the APLS manual, with the first Australia and New Zealand specific edition published in 2012.

APLS Australia has its own dedicated training centre in Melbourne’s CBD. It also produces the annual Paediatric Acute Care Conference, the region’s principal conference for paediatric care providers.

APLS directors, instructors and candidates make up a community of over 5,000 medical professionals dedicated to excellence in paediatric care. Members of the APLS family have provided support and training to local health care providers at natural disasters such as the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 and the Samoan tsunami in 2009, and their skills as lecturers are in demand across the globe.

Our Vision

To achieve best outcomes for ill and injured children by improving the knowledge and skills of health professionals involved in their care.

Our Values

  • Support
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Inclusiveness
  • Commitment

Our Mission Statement

"To promote excellence in emergency care of ill and injured children through the provision of high quality contemporary education programs for health care professionals."


APLS Board & Committees | Contacts
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Chief Executive Officer
Phillip Davies

Jason Acworth 

Board Members
Di Crellin

Malcolm Higgins

Jenny Martens 

Ian McCall

Lindsay McMillan

Alan O'Connor

Jacquie Schutz


Course Development Committee
Chair: Jacquie Schutz

Members: Tom Grattan-Smith, Shahn Horrocks, Cathrin Parsch, Jane Stanford, Anthony Stevenson, Andrew Terrey, Tom Walwyn

Instructor Development Committee
Chair: Di Crellin

Members: Andrew Blanch, Paul Bloomfield, Sue Coretti, Elizabeth Cotterell, Tom Grattan-Smith, David McDonald, Jane Stanford, Tom Walwyn, Christopher Webber

Paediatric Life Support Committee
Chair: Malcolm Higgins

Members: John Craven, Justine Dawson, Margie Lane, Jenny Martens, Stephen Teo

International Development Committee
Chair: Sue Phin

Members: Stephen Priestley, Jeremy Raftos, Christine Sanderson, Ella Scott, Mike Shepherd, Holly Smith, Setthy Ung, Simon Young