About us


Welcome to the online home for Children's Healthcare Australasia.

Children’s Healthcare Australasia (CHA) is a non-profit community of children’s hospitals and paediatric units throughout Australia and New Zealand. Originally established in 1988 as the Association of Paediatric Teaching Hospitals,  CHA has a long history of providing support to children’s hospitals & paediatric services, and facilitating sharing & learning among healthcare providers about best practice. Since 2011, we have been working under the name ‘Children’s Healthcare Australasia’ in recognition of the whole patient journey across healthcare settings. 

Our vision is to enhance the health and wellbeing of all children, young people & their families requiring hospital care.  Our mission is to support all member organisations to provide children, young people and their families with the highest standard of care possible.

CHA recognises that managers and clinicans involved in the care of children and young people face similar challenges, despite each service being unique.  We recognise that the expertise for addressing these common challenges, and for coming up with innovative solutions, lies within the member community.  That's why our primary focus is on helping managers and clinicians of peadiatric services to network with one another, to share their ideas and expertise efficiently.  We facilitate the spread of best practice.

When a health service joins CHA, all managers & clinicians involved in providing care to children & young people are welcome to access to an extensive range of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), face to face networking meetings, and secure online forums.   These services make it easy to meet and interact with people with similar challenges and responsibilities in other peadiatric services.  CHA members are generous in sharing their expertise, ideas and lessons learnt through CHA networks.  Everyone is motivated by the same thing: making things better for children and their families requiring hospital care.  

To find out which paediatric services participate in the CHA community see Our Members

To find out how your hospital can join the CHA community see Become a Member