Tonsillectomy is one of the most common childhood surgeries and is usually performed to treat snoring, obstructive sleep apnoea or frequent tonsillitis.
New resources are now available to help families decide whether their child needs surgery to remove their tonsils.
Rates of surgery vary depending on geographic location in the state.
Through our project Reducing clinical variation in paediatric adenotonsillectomy we aim to reduce the geographical variation of tonsillectomy, by supporting better decision-making between families and their doctor.
Watch our video for clinicians.
We’ve developed new tools to help families and GPs make the best decision together, about their child having a tonsillectomy:
- A fact sheet that doctors and families can use to decide together whether surgery is the best decision for them
- Videos that describe the experiences of families making the decision to have their child’s tonsils removed, and what to expect before, during and after surgery.
Resources for GPs
In addition, GPs can view two HealthPathways (statewide care and referral pathways) to support shared decision making with parents considering tonsillectomy for their child:
- Sore Throat in Children, and
- Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Children
These HealthPathways were developed as part of the Statewide Paediatric HealthPathways Project - a Safer Care Victoria and Victorian and Tasmanian Primary Health Network Alliance Partnership.