EPIC

Purposes, goals and values

Well managed procedural care can have significant long-term benefits for a child’s health.

EPIC’s vision is to optimise the psychological wellbeing of infants, children and young adults undergoing medical and surgical procedures.

Underlying this vision is the premise that we can have a positive impact on every child, or young person, at every health interaction.

It is our objective to reduce anxiety and promote a sense of patient autonomy and control via the effective use of communication and behavioural strategies. This has huge potential to improve patient care and outcomes.

EPIC’s key role is to share knowledge and expertise

  • Educate health practitioners to use effective communication and behavioural strategies, allowing them to adapt principles to use in their own work environments
  • Empower children, young adults, and their carers with skills to help them become more resilient and deal well with potentially stressful situations
  • Foster links with similar like-minded groups internationally.

The techniques taught are simple to learn and easy to use, and can be adapted for use in all paediatric health care settings.


Resources

For health professionals

Organisations

Articles and references

Books

  • Handbook of Communication in Anaesthesia & Critical Care:  A Practical Guide to Exploring the Art
    Edited by Allan M. Cyna, Marion I. Andrew, Suyin G. M. Tan, and Andrew F. Smith
    Provides a range of practical communication tools which can help to improve patient care
    Features real life clinical examples of how different communication techniques are used, enabling the reader to utilize these skills in their own clinical practice
    Includes numerous practical examples and vignettes illustrating how the concepts discussed can be integrated into clinical practice
    Written by practising anaesthetists with expertise in teaching communication, and with expert contributing authors from North America, Europe and Australasia, making the content applicable to a worldwide readership
    Each chapter begins with an outline of contents, and ends with a helpful Key Points summary

Courses

  • EPIC, Brisbane 2019.  CLICK HERE for details
  • NPHTI, Australia 2020.
    • Melbourne:  21 – 23 March 2020
    • Adelaide:  27 – 29 March 2020
    • Click on logo below for all information

For Children and their families

Useful videos

  • You are the boss of your brain
    An entertaining video guide for families to learn about how pain works and how to have more control over your pain, your body and your experience during medical procedures.
    Directed by Jody Thomas for Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbK9FFoAcvs
  • Magic glove
    The Magic Glove is a Hypnotic Pain Management technique to reduce pain sensation and anxiety for children having a needle procedure. Children have rich imaginations and hypnosis is widely used to ease pain during medical procedures. Dr. Leora Kuttner is a pioneer in the field of pain management. Her demonstration below of the Magic Glove technique is great example of the amazing capacity of imagination and the mind to bring comfort.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyApK8Z_SQQ
  • No fears, no tears
    Dr. Leora Kuttner made this ground-breaking film about the power of hypnosis and pain management, entitled No Fears, No Tears in the 1980’s. It is a great introduction to the power of hypnosis, pain management, and empowering children and families.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9Y1k9uFz6M&t=301s

Books

  • Everybody Stay Calm : How to support your young child through medical tests and procedures
    • Author and Paediatrician, Dr Angela Mackenzie explains how parents can help their children feel safe, comfortable and more confident in coping with health care procedures, whether it’s a medical emergency or an immunisation.
    • Example key points:
      • Secrets to building your confidence in a medical setting
      • Essential steps to help prepare your child for medical tests
      • Practical skills that will transform your child’s experience of medical treatments
      • Benefits of collaborating with the health professionals – it’s okay to speak up!
      • Real gems from the stories of parents who have been there
      • How to avoid the most common mistakes that parents make
      • Where to get further help if you need it.