Course Information

EPIC is the SPANZA special interest group for SPANZA Members with an interest in reducing peri-procedural anxiety and distress.

EPIC is the Effective Peri-Procedural Communication interest group within SPANZA.  EPIC aims to provide language, communication and imaginative techniques for every child, every time they have a medical procedure.  The EPIC workshops teach these techniques to help health professionals engage with children and their families and enhance their ability to manage medical procedures.

The learning on the course is interactive and experiential. Background knowledge is provided prior to the course in an e-learning format which covers the basic principles and provides examples of techniques used. These techniques will then be taught experientially on the course. Access to the e-learning course will be opened 2 weeks prior to the workshops. 

In the first session we’ll reinforce the GREAT LAURS - structured approach to communication and language techniques. In the second and third sessions we’ll learn techniques to manage anxiety and specific imaginative techniques to use during hospital procedures and in the peri-operative setting. Our goal is to provide useful understandings about communication which can assist with reducing a child's anxiety when facing procedural care, and simple practical skills you can begin to use at your next day caring for children.

Who Should Attend?

The courses are for anaesthetists, surgeons, physicians, and other health professionals (nurses, social workers, play therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists) who work with children and are keen to expand their ability to provide effective empowering communication for procedural care.

Attendees should be interested in gaining information and skills to understand the importance of preventing and managing procedural anxiety.

Location and Registration

Please refer to individual websites for costings for each workshop.

9 March
Alan Crompton Board Room, Ground Floor Zone E
Samuel Way Building, Centre for Education and Training
8.30am - 4.30pm
15 March
The Canberra Hospital
Canberra, ACT
CLICK HERE to go to SPANZA Update Meeting website to register. *
8.30am - 4.30pm
New Zealand
7 April
Waikato Hospital, Hamilton
CLICK HERE to go to PANNZ website to register. *
9.15am - 4.45pm
28 April
Education Room, Perth Children's Hospital
Perth, WA
8.30am - 4.30pm
27 May

The Prince Charles Hospital, Education Centre
Brisbane, QLD
To register please click below.
8.30am - 4.30pm
22 June
The Children's Hospital Westmead
Westmead, NSW
To register please click below.
8.30am - 4.30pm
23 July
10 September
Queensland Children's Hospital
Brisbane, QLD
To register please click below.
8.30am - 4.30pm
6 September
Darwin, NT
CLICK HERE to go to the ASA NCA website to register. *
Registration will be available mid 2024.
8.30am - 4.30pm
14 September
Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick
Randwick, NSW
To register please click below.
8.30am - 4.30pm
23 October
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Melbourne, VIC (As part of SPANZA ASM)
CLICK HERE to go to the ASM Website to register. *
Registration will be available by mid 2024.
8.30am - 4.30pm



  • Medical Practitioner/Dentist:  $325pp
  • Allied Health/Nurses:  $215pp

Please click on the button below to start the registration process, for any workshop currently open for registration.

* Note - workshops being held as part of another meeting may have different pricing. Please see that meeting website for details.


The EPIC website contains many resources and links relevant for health professionals, parents and children.

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