'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 or injured babies and children up to the age of 16 years. NETS operates 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week.
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. Our goal is to do everything possible to bring care to a child; wherever they are - as if they were in a specialist hospital.
Where is NETS?
NETS is located at Bankstown Aerodrome in Sydney, with satellite services
for newborns in Newcastle and Canberra. NETS ambulances support local needs in Wagga Wagga and the Shoalhaven. The Service 'belongs' to any one
of 254 hospitals which call for help from time to time across NSW and the
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 distance
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