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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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