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The Association of Child Life Therapists Australia (formerly Australian Association of Hospital Play Specialists) is the national professional body representing child life therapists in paediatric healthcare.

“[Child Life Therapists] help children engage and subdue fears, misconceptions, anger and profound sadness that hospital experiences provoke, to protect and enhance their developmental integrity, and, wherever possible, use the experiences of illness and hospitalization to build strengths.”

– Wojatasik, S. P., & White, C. (2009). The Story of Child Life. In R. H. Thompson (Ed.), The Handbook of Child Life. Illinois: Charles C Thomas Publisher Ltd; p.12.


Whether you’re a child life therapist, parent/carer, other health professional, volunteer, student or interested community member, you’ll find out more about our role as you click through this website. We welcome new professional and affiliate members – find out how to join us on the ACLTA Membership page of our Membership Portal.


If you are interested in becoming a Child Life Therapist in Australia, check out our How do I Become a Child Life Therapist? page, which lists all the information you need to know.


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It’s the little things that make such a big difference.You may have seen Ron's story over the past few days and his beautiful encounter with the Queensland Ambulance Service.

Ron was on his final journey to hospital and palliative care when the officers asked Ron, 'If you could eat anything, what would it be?' To which Ron replied, 'A caramel sundae'.

We've now received an update from Ron's daughter, Danielle, that he has passed away. Here's what she had to say 👇

"Dad enjoyed this so much and was the last thing he was able to eat by himself. Mum and I cannot thank QAS enough for all the help and compassion you have all given towards us each time we have had to call you, I remember a couple of months ago, the big tall Paramedic guy especially, we couldn't get dad out of bed, and couldn't get the gurney near their bed so you picked him up and carried him out the front onto bed. Each and every Paramedic we have encountered over the last few months, THANK YOU FROM MUM AND I"

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