About us

Welcome to Children's Healthcare Australasia (CHA).

CHA is a vibrant and diverse non-profit community of children’s hospitals and paediatric units across Australia and New Zealand.

  Our vision is for all children and young people to receive safe, high quality and equitable healthcare.

  We strive to accelerate the sharing of excellence and innovation among health services caring for children, young people, & their families.

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, often 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 innovations and excellence for the benefit of all children & families requiring healthcare.

When a health service joins CHA, all managers & clinicians involved in providing care to children & young people are invited to access to an extensive range of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), face to face networking meetings, and secure online forums that contain a rich library of know-how and case studies about service improvement and resdesign.  

We endeavour to make it easy to meet and interact with people with similar challenges and responsibilities in other peadiatric services. We find CHA members are generous in sharing their expertise, ideas and lessons learnt through our networks.  Everyone is motivated by the same thing - making things better for children and their families requiring hospital care.  

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.  The richness of information, insight and innovations shared through CHA grows weekly.  

For a brief overview of CHA's priorities and goals, see our latest Strategic Plan here.  

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 Health Service.