Hospital Play Specialists Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand Inc.

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Preliminary Conference Programme

Hi everyone, We are thrilled to present the preliminary programme for our professional conference being held from 12th - 14th April, 2018. We have a fantastic array of presentations from speakers throughout NZ and overseas and invite you to join us as we celebrate our 21st professional birthday.   Please let us know if you require further information by emailing us at Hope to see you in April   The Conference Committee


2018 HPSAANZ Conference Registration information

Hi everyone, We are pleased to share information about our upcoming professional conference, pre-conference workshop and registration process. Please don't hesitate to contact us at if you need further information. 


Pre-conference workshop

We are thrilled to offer a pre-conference workshop facilitated by Dr. Bernie Whitaker on Distraction, Pain and Guided Imagery. See the attached flyer for further details.


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.