'NETS', The Newborn & pædiatric Emergency Transport Service is a
statewide service of NSW Health; hosted by the Sydney Children's Hospitals
Network. It is the only service of its kind in Australia; providing expert
clinical advice, clinical co-ordination, emergency treatment and
stabilisation and inter-hospital transport for very sick babies and
children up to the age of 16 years. NETS operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a
NETS is a hospital with no walls!
NETS is not just a transport service, NETS provides a referral service for
hospitals faced with a neonatal or pædiatric emergency. Discussion about
children with illness or injury occurs via conference calls with a NETS
consultant and other clinical experts.
NETS ensures no matter where someone lives, they can be assured that their
baby or child will receive the same commitment to care as if living next to
a children's hospital.
Where is NETS?
NETS is located on the campus of hospitals at Westmead in Sydney, with satellite services for newborns in Newcastle and Canberra. The Service 'belongs' to any one of 254 hospitals which call for help.
How can you help?
NETS relies on the community for nearly all of the medical equipment used
to treat newborns and children transported by our teams. Your contribution
can make a difference!
At one time or another NETS will touch the lives of most of us. One
in 49 in NSW will use NETS sometime during their childhood.
For regional and rural areas, the chance of using NETS is even
higher - at 1 in 38.
An average NETS mission takes over 6 hours and costs the equivalent
of 1 to 4 days of intensive care; depending on the time and
Take a look around our website to see how you can help save a child's
Register on the NETS website; requesting Health Professional status.
Confirmation of status will be confirmed by NETS. This happens quicker if you used a recognised health professional email address.
Browse to the Health Professional tab at the right-hand end of the red band.