What We Do
The vision of Children's Healthcare Australasia is "to enhance the health and wellbeing of children and young people through supporting children's hospitals and health services to achieve excellence in clinical care." We do this through a range of initiatives including benchmarking, networking, and showcasing innovations.
In order to achieve this vision, CHA, in consultation with our members, has developed a Strategic Plan for 2016-2020.
CHA offers members in both Australia and New Zealand access to a highly specialised, member-driven annual benchmarking program aimed at helping paediatric services to identify strengths in their performance as well as opportunities to enhance their services. The program has been in place since 2007 and enables members to share knowledge and learn from each other about successful models of care, strategies to improve quality and ways to reduce costs. Read more about CHA’s benchmarking service.
When a health service joins CHA all staff involved in its peadiatric care have 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.
Improving the Safety & Quality of care provided to children and young people is an abiding theme across all of CHA's activities. Many of the Special Interest Groups consider this issue as part of their regular networking, and some SIGs are dedicated specifically to this challenge. CHA also invites prominent experts from across Australia and New Zealand, as well as internationally to share their expertise with our members. For example Professor Stephen Meuthing, Medical Director of the renowned Solutions for Patient Safety organisation based at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in the United States, met with our Safety & Quality SIG in 2017.
In 2010, the 21st anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the CHA Board initiated a project to develop a charter on the rights of children's and young people in healthcare services. This project was undertaken in consultation with the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare (AWCH).
As part of the project a number of health services elected to participate in a self-evaluation of the extent to which their health service already upheld the rights of children and young people articulated in the charter, and to identify any areas for improvement. A summary of those findings can be found here.
In consultation with all stakeholders in the project, it was decided to develop and publish separate charters for Australian and New Zealand Children that were tailored to the unique cultural needs of children in each country. The Charters were launched in both Australia and New Zealand in 2010.
The Charter on the Rights of Children and Young People in Healthcare Services in Australia can be found here.
The Charter on the Rights of Tamariki Children and Rangatahi Young People in Healthcare Services in Aotearoa New Zealand can be found here.
More resources relating to the Charters developed by CHA can be found here.