Hospital Play Specialists Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand Inc.

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Save the date! Professional Hui 3rd March, 2018

Next year, members will be invited to a professional Hui on 3rd March 2018 with Jennifer Pelvin, our Consultant. The hui will provide an opportunity to discuss  the re-branding process and focus on the Association’s  next 21 years. Venue and times to be announced. 


HPSAANZ membership renewals

It is the time of year for annual HPSAANZ membership renewals. To continue to be an active member, payment for your membership is now due and all payments should be received by 31st December, 2017. Please see the updated 2017 membership form attached to this notice.  Please note, if you joined the Association after 30th September 2017 your membership will be valid until the end of 2018.   These are exciting times within our Association. We will be finalising our mission statement and values and rebranding our professional identity at the beginning of 2018. So, to keep up to date with changes, to contribute and have your voice heard, renewing your membership is vitally important. For the Association to continue its valuable work of promoting play in hospital and advocating for healthcare environments that support the well-being of children and young people, we need a strong membership base.   The Association continues to be involved in the Allied Health Forum, Early Education Federation and Early Childhood Advisory Council. We continue to have dialogue with the Ministry of Education on relevant issues relating to our service. Members benefit from the sharing of this information via email, the Association website and Facebook page. They also have the opportunity to network with colleagues through Facebook and our gmail account, have access to the Association library and are offered reduced conference fees.   Completed membership forms can  be sent electronically by scanning and emailing to    


Conference 2018

The Conference Planning Committee is seeking submissions for presentations to the Hospital Play Specialists Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand (HPSAANZ) conference to be held 12 – 14 April, 2018. Our biennial conference is an opportunity for those working as Hospital Play Specialists and associated professions to participate in educational and networking sessions. Abstracts are invited for 30 minutes, 1.5 hours and posters.  Abstracts must be electronically submitted in the format outlined within the attached document and sent to by Friday 3rd November 2017. All submissions will be reviewed by the Conference Programming Committee (including an external advisor) and applicants will be notified within 2 weeks of the closing date. It is expected that by submitting an abstract, applicants are committed to registering for and presenting at the conference. Presenters will be offered the early bird rate for registration and are responsible for all travel, accommodation and presentation costs.  For further information regarding abstracts, please contact: The Conference Programming Committee at  


Save the date! HPSAANZ Conference 2018

The HPSAANZ Executive Committee is pleased to announce the dates for the upcoming 9th Biennial International conference, entitled "21 years young and not too old to play". 12th - 14th April, 2018,  Ernest and Marion Davis Library, Starship Children's Hospital, Auckland, NZ. More information to follow soon All enquiries to    


Updated Registration Booklet

The review of the Registration Booklet is now complete and the 2017 version available here on the website. The next round of registration applications is due in July and applicants will need to follow these new guidelines. For further information, please contact the Registration Council at 


Welcome/Kia ora

Welcome to the Hospital Play Specialists Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The Association was established in 1996. Its aims are to:

  • Promote the profession of hospital play specialist
  • Provide professional support for hospital play specialists throughout New Zealand
  • Set and monitor standards
  • Encourage research and publication
  • Develop training programmes for hospital play specialists
  • Disseminate information on the psychosocial needs of children and young people in healthcare settings
  • Promote the employment of appropriately trained staff to be responsible for play and recreation programmes
  • Liaise and cooperate with organisations which have common objectives.

Membership of the Association enables the organisation to continue its valuable work in promoting play in hospitals, advocating for healthcare environments which support children's and young people's wellbeing, and supporting the role of hospital play specialists.