The Department of Paediatrics and the Center for Children with Chronic Diseases at Hadassah Hospital are putting the final touches to an international conference about children dealing with chronic disease.

‘The Challenged Child’ (child health, development and welfare) will be held in Jerusalem from December 2 – 4, 2019, and will cover multidisciplinary aspects of the care of these children and is open for physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, child psychologists and others to present and attend.

Hosts of the conference are Professor Eitan Kerem, Head of the Division of Paediatrics at Hadassah, and Professor Isaiah Wexler, Head of Paediatric Metabolism and Feeding Disorders in the Division of Paediatrics at Hadassah.

Among the conference topics to be discussed:

  • Therapeutic uses of cannabis in children
  • New treatments for rare diseases
  • Raising a child with a chronic disease or disability
  • Growing up under the specter of war or terrorism
  • Long-term outcomes of prematurity
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Long-term challenges of adoption
  • Autism
  • Paediatric palliative care
  • displaced children
  • Immigration
  • Screening for addiction
  • Medical clowns
  • Screens and media among children
  • General Paediatrics
  • Neonatal care Nursing
  • Paediatric dentistry
  • Child psychiatry
  • Case reports

“The Paediatric Chronic Disease Center at Hadassah’s Mount Scopus campus is dedicated to assisting children and their families to cope with the challenges of chronic disease,” says Ruth Ramone Rosen, Executive Director of Hadassah Australia.

“The multidisciplinary staff provides holistic and integrated care with the emphasis on providing state of the art therapeutics with culturally appropriate and psychosocially- oriented caring. 

“A special focus of the Center is fostering peaceful co-existence, which is so important in a region that is war-torn.”

The centre has multiple units specializing in specific diseases including cystic fibrosis, feeding disorders, inborn errors of metabolism, Down’s syndrome, diabetes, intellectual disabilities, adoption and rheumatologic disorders.   Most recently, it has opened a Supportive and Palliative Care Unit, which assists families in coping with children with complex medical conditions that are life-threatening. 

People who wish to present at the conference are encouraged to contact organisers via [email protected]

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