Funding and Supporters

The activities of the APSU are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health; NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship No. 457084 [MD1] (Professor Elizabeth Elliott).  The APSU is grateful for in-kind support from the Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney and Division of Paediatrics and Child Health of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

The APSU would also like to gratefully acknowledge numerous other funders that have generously supported our work.


The Director and Assistant Director are members of the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead generously provides office space and infrastructure support within Kids Research.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)  supports the production of the annual report and provides important links to clinicians who contribute data to the APSU.

Other Sponsors

Financial contributions have been received from the following study groups using the APSU to conduct surveillance.

  • Acute flaccid paralysis: Commonwealth Department of Health
  • Congenital cytomegalovirus infection: Virology Division, Department of Microbiology, South Eastern Area Laboratory Service (SEALS), Sydney Children's Hospital
  • Hepatitis C virus infection - National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research
  • HIV/AIDS and perinatal exposure to HIV: National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research
  • Intussusception: GlaxoSmithKline Australia, CSL Limited
  • Neonatal herpes simplex virus infection: Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Herpes Simplex Virus Research Laboratory
  • Neuromuscular Disorders of Childhood: Deparment of Neurology and Neurosurgey, Royal Children's Hospital (Vic) and the Institute of Neuromuscular Research, The Children's Hospital at Westmead
  • Rett syndrome: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, USA National Institutes of Health, Rett Syndrome Association of Australia
  • Simple Vitamin D deficiency ricketts: Bayer Australia Ltd, Roche
  • Vitamin K deficiency bleeding: NSW Health, Roche (until 2005)


Previous sources of funding are gratefully acknowledged.

The Financial Markets Foundation for Children (FMFC) is the financial and marketing community’s charity. Between 1995 and 1999, the FMFC was the major sponsor of the APSU.

Majura Wines generously sponsored the APSU wine draw prize in 2002-2003

  • Allen & Hanburys
  • AMP Limited
  • ANZ Bank
  • Australian CHARGE Association
  • Centre for Prevention of Psychological Problems in Children, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • Child Protection Unit, The Children's Hospital at Westmead
  • Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation (Perpetual Trustees)
  • CSL Pharmaceuticals
  • Davies Collison Cave Attorneys
  • Glaxo Smith Kline
  • Mount Majura Wines, Canberra
  • NSW Department of Health
  • Nutricia Australasia
  • Orlando Wines
  • Paediatric Research Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Roche Products Pty Ltd.

Financial supporters for individual past studies include:

  • Adverse effects from complementary and alternative medicine: Women's and Children's Health, The Royal Women's Hospital and The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Early onset eating disorders: Centre for Prevention of Psychological Problems in Children, The Children's Hospital at Westmead
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome: Healthway WA and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
  • Munchausen by proxy syndrome: Child Protection Unit, The Children's Hospital at Westmead

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Why is the APSU so important?

The work of the APSU directly impacts on the health and wellbeing of Australian children and families. It is the only source of national data on most conditions studied.

The APSU has influenced public health outcomes by:

  • Providing data to support public health policy
  • Providing information on emerging or previously poorly recognised diseases
  • Providing information during outbreaks
  • Documenting rare mental health problems in children
  • Rapidly identifying cases of new diseases 
  • Providing a basis for further research

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Your support

The APSU relies on the generous assistance of it's funders and supporters to continue it's valuable work. If you would like to make a contribution to the APSU please complete the attached Donation form and send to:

Fundrasing Department
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Locked Bag 4001


Fax our Donation form to (02) 9845 3457 ,
Attention: Fundraising Department

All donations over $2.00 are tax-deductible. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Please contact the APSU  if you have any queries.