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 2020-2024.
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, web conferences, 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 networks consider this issue as part of their regular networking, and some networks 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.