Celebrating 30 years

In November 2018 CHA was excited to celebrate our achievements, impact and growth.

On the 13th November 2018 Children’s Healthcare Australasia celebrated our 30th Anniversary Year by holding an Event  to acknowledge the dedication of past and present members, directors, staff and children’s healthcare professionals to enhance the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Over 30 years, CHA has grown from 6 member hospitals in 1988 to more than 80 today. 

CHA celebrates our improvements over the past 30 years for members including: 

        • launching a new website in February 2019 that allows members to actively engage with each other via our online forums 
        • increasing the number and value of our Special Interest Groups to cater to growing needs within children’s health services 
        • tailoring our benchmarking programs to make it easier for each health service to identify trends with either their performance or their data 
        • hosting face to face meetings to review topical issues and to help  facilitate possible improvements within health services 
        • host regular networking teleconferences to share patient stories and improvement projects 
        • regularly supply group submissions to National Advocacy Consultations 
        • purchasing office premises to secure the future of the organisation for our members 
        • steadily increasing our member base and staff  to support the changing needs of healthcare services within the children’s Healthcare sector 

30th Celebration Video

Thank you for our member contributions

We warmly thank all those who have so generously volunteered their time and expertise, for without their contribution CHA would not be what it is today, especially the following: 

Past Presidents/ Founding Directors

Ivor Davies, Founding Director 

Barry Rex Catchlove, Founding Director/President 

Brian James Fotheringham, Founding President /CEO 

David Kenneth Baron Fraser, Founding Director 

Reta Creegan, Founding Director 

James Birch, Past President 1995-1996 

Gareth Goodier, Past President 1997-1998 

Kathy Alexander, Past President 1999-2000 

Les White, Past President 2000-2004 

Kim Oats, Past President 2004-2005 

Alan Isles, Past President 2005-2006 

Bernadette Twomey, Past President 2007-2008 

Graham Vimpani, Past President 2008-2009 

Graham Reynolds, Past President 2009-2012 

Trish Davidson, Past President 2012-2018 

Fionnagh Dougan, 2018-Current President


Les White


Barbara Vernon (Current) 

Elizabeth Chatham 

Joanna Holt 

Anne Elizabeth Cahill 

John Samuel Yeatman 

Congratulations to the CHA Medal of Distinction Winner for 2018

The CHA Medal of Distinction for 2018 was awarded to Christine Fan from Sydney Children’s Health Network. Christine has been tirelessly dedicating herself to her work at Sydney Children’s Health Network and making a big difference behind the scenes in health information. We thank Christine for her huge contribution to the wider children’s healthcare community.  

Christine has shared with us her gratitude for being the 2018 Medal of Honour Winner: 

“I am extremely humbled & thankful to be the 2018 recipient of the CHA Medal of Distinction. To be held in the same regard as previous year’s recipients is such an honour. One of the most wonderful things about a career in paediatric services is the strong sense of a community working together for children. I have enjoyed experiencing the growth of data prominence in the health arena and am excited about the opportunities that data insights hold for the future.” 
– Christine Fan 

We wish Christine all the best for the coming year and look forward to her continual efforts to achieve excellence in children’s healthcare. 

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