About us

QCYCN - We place children and families at the heart of everything we doThe Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network (QCYCN) is the peak body of expertise for child, infant, young person and family health in Queensland.

We connect clinicians, services and systems across Queensland, so that no matter where a child lives, they receive innovative, seamless, and evidence-based health care.

We are an independent Queensland Health body funded by the Healthcare Improvement Unit, Clinical Excellence Queensland. We are hosted by, but operate separately from, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service. The QCYCN has been championing the wellbeing of Queensland children, infants, young people and families since 2009.


To champion the wellbeing of Queensland children, infants, young people and families.


  • Elevate the child, infant and young person health agenda
  • Collaborate and link to influence service systems
  • Identify and harness statewide clinical expertise
  • Provide support and leadership to empower clinicians

Strategic Priorities

  • Advocating – child and family centred practice and a holistic approach to health care.
  • Connecting – hospital and health services, health systems, policy makers and external health providers.
  • Empowering – clinicians through leadership, mentoring and support.
  • Influencing – systems and policy to encompass the child, infant and young person health agenda.
  • Translating – evidence into clinical practice.


The QCYCN is led by Co-Chairs and the Clinician Collaborative, which provide strategic advice to inform the Network’s direction.

Dr Clare Thomas

Dr Clare Thomas
MBBS FRACP Grad Cert Clinical Simulation, is Director of Paediatrics at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. She is a General Paediatrician, a supervisor of trainee paediatricians, and National examiner for the Royal Australian College of Physicians. She has been an active member of the Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network Clinician Collaborative, Co-Chair of the Digital Child Health Sub Network, and a long standing member of the Qld Paediatric Quality Council Clinical Incident Subcommittee. Dr Thomas has extensive clinical experience in paediatric medicine, health care simulation and Patient safety and Quality improvement. Dr Thomas is experienced in leading health systems and process re-design and is committed to guiding and empowering clinicians to strive to deliver high quality care through health system improvement for care of children and young people.

Dr Rachael Beswick

Dr Rachael Beswick
Director of Queensland’s universal newborn hearing screening program, Healthy Hearing. Rachael completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons), Masters of Audiological Studies, and PhD at the University of Queensland, and recently completed her MBA at the Queensland University of Technology. She has led several large-scale population-based research programs including more than 20 publications on screening, hearing health outcomes and family-centred care, and presented at both national and international conferences, including 2 invited addresses. Dr Beswick has established and maintained extensive sector partnerships at a local, state and national level, including development of the inaugural Childhood Hearing Collaborative. She is also currently leading the Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening sub-committee which is developing a national consensus statement for detection of hearing loss beyond the newborn period.

The QCYCN gains direction from the Clinician Collaborative, a multidisciplinary group of senior clinicians who are leaders in their field or speciality.

The Clinician Collaborative provides high level specialist clinical advice to inform strategic directions, planning and policy and promote optimal child and youth health care.


The wider QCYCN network includes more than 700 clinicians, researchers, educators and consumers from Queensland Health, non-government organisations, research organisations and primary care.

Members play a vital role in contributing feedback, determining future directions for the network, and disseminating and implementing quality of care recommendations.

Membership is free and open to all clinicians, health workers, consumer and family advocates, researchers, non-government and private organisations with active interest in improving the care of children, infants and young people in Queensland – contact us on statewide_child_and_youth_network@health.qld.gov.au or 07 3069 7117 to join today.