Audit of COVID-19 Infections: Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes at PREDICT Sites

In a collaboration between emergency departments across the PREDICT (Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative) network, we are conducting an audit of COVID 19 cases in children to collect and analyse key information about possible or confirmed COVID-19 cases at participating PREDICT sites. A retrospective data collection from medical records will be undertaken from all possible and confirmed COVID-19 cases at 18 hospitals across Australia.

This study aims to:

Describe clinical features and outcomes of patients < 18 years with COVID-19 and the proportion of those testing positive out of all children tested < 18 years.

Study design

Multicentre, retrospective observational study

Chief Investigators

Franz Babl (Chief Principal Investigator)
Laila Ibrahim (Principal Investigator)
Simon Craig (Principal Investigator)
Cate Wilson (Associate Investigator)
See site PIs below under site locations.

Time frame

2020 – 2022



Site locations

Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC (Site PI Franz Babl)
Monash Health, VIC (Site PI Simon Craig)
Box Hill Hospital, VIC (Site PI Paul Buntine)
Maroondah Hospital, VIC (Site PI Paul Buntine)
Angliss Hospital, VIC (Site PI Paul Buntine)
The Northern Hospital, VIC (Site PI Mark Corden)
Sunshine Hospital, VIC (Site PI Doris Tham)
University Hospital Geelong, VIC (Site PI Karen Robins-Browne)
Austin Hospital, VIC (Vi Chong)
John Hunter Hospital, NSW (Site PI Michael Zhang)
Mt Druitt Hospital, NSW (Stephen Teo)
Blacktown Hospital NSW (Stephen Teo)
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW (Site PI Shefali Jani)
Gold Coast University Hospital, QLD (Site PI Shane George)
Perth Children’s Hospital, WA (Site PI Meredith Borland)
Royal Darwin Hospital, NT (Site PI Anna Lithgow)
Palmerston Hospital, NT (Site PI Anna Lithgow)
Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, SA (Site PI Amit Kochar)


PREDICT ~1,000 (depending on prevalence of infections), children aged <18 yrs who test positive for COVID 19.

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