Our Mission, Our Values
The NBPSA was formed to achieve two related visions. The first is that children with, or who are at risk of having, Neurodevelopmental Disorders will experience more successful childhoods. As a result, they will achieve their personal potential to become happy and contributing adult members of our Australasian society.
Secondly, our vision is that doctors who care for these children and families will experience professional lives that are effective, sustainable and enjoyable.
The NBPSA will provide a collegiate environment for doctors who work in Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics. This will enable and support them to collaborate efficiently and effectively across a range of activities that work towards the vision of the society.
For the children:
- We value the intrinsic uniqueness and worth of every child, regardless of their level of disability, behaviour or any other consideration.
- We acknowledge the traditional owners/tangata whenua of Australia and Aotearoa NZ, and will nurture their future generations.
- We recognise that Neurodevelopmental disorders are medically based, and have a diverse impact on function, development, learning, behaviour, mental health, and the child's capacity to meet the range of age-based expectations across a variety of settings.
- We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to achieve their personal potential for a happy and fulfilling childhood and adult life.
- In the achievement of this potential, we believe that no child should be subject to demands and expectations that are consistently beyond their capacity.
- In recognition of the fact that children develop within families and communities, we work in partnership with the people who care for them.
- We respect the diversity of beliefs, values and cultures held by families and communities, and do our best to work in harmony with these beliefs and values towards optimal outcomes for children.
- We celebrate the diversity of identities1 amongst the children and families we serve.
- We strive to work with existing systems in order to promote understanding and improved support for the well-being of children.
For our profession and professionals:
- We work within a life-course perspective with the dual goals of alleviating current distress, and working towards optimal adult outcomes, which includes successful transition to adult services where necessary.
- In acknowledgement of the complexity and uncertainty inherent to this area of work, we value the sharing of knowledge and experience towards the development of good clinical judgement.
- We promote good quality, relevant research towards more effective evidence based clinical practice
- We respect and value the diverse personal beliefs and cultures of our membership. We will promote equity of access and encourage participation from all members.