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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.

 

We’d love to hear from you – please use the Contact Us form on this website to get in touch.


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We are excited to announce that registrations are now open for the 10th ACLTA Biennial Conference “Challenges and Opportunities”, which will be held in Melbourne on March 22nd and 23rd, 2019 at The Larwill Studio (The Royal Children’s Hospital), Melbourne, VIC!

Follow this link for general event information:

childlife.org.au/news-and-events/aclta-conference/

Follow this link for online registration:

aclta.wildapricot.org/event-3156007

We hope to see you there!
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