About ACAH

The Academy of Child and Adolescent Health was incorporated in December 2016 as a not for profit company dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of every newborn, child and young person in order that they may reach their maximum potential.
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The Academy intends to achive this by:

  • The provision of education for healthcare professionals in the support of evidence based practice;
  • Fostering the highest standards of training, practice, teaching and research in child and youth healthcare;
  • Promotion of strategies to increase the effectiveness of care delivered to children, young people and their families to help improve outcomes;
  • Advocating for children, youth and their families in matters relating to their health and well-being, including collaboration with other similarly purposed organisations and stakeholders;
  • Developing public information and education programs designed to improve the health and welfare of infants, children, adolescents, and young people;
  • Promotion of effective communication and liaison with other health agencies and building positive relationships with other child and adolescent health care providers Promoting preventive and positive environmental health strategies, and;
  • Support for the role of diverse families in the care of children.


The Academy of Child and Adolescent Health incorporated in December 2016 as a not for profit, limited by guarantee company. This process was led by a working group, the inaugural Board, consisting of five paediatricians from around Australia supported by a part- time executive officer. A constitution was drafted and with legal support went through numerous drafts and a final copy has been placed on this site.

The aim was to create an organisation that was very broad and encompassed the varied needs of newborns, children and young people and was able to support the clinicians and others who were working to meet their needs. The most recent AGM was held on 17th October 2019 with the election a new Board of Directors. All those with an interest in the health and well-being of infants, children and adolescents are invited to apply for membership.

What We Do



ACAH holds annual conferences bringing together healthcare professionals, trainees and students from across various disciplines in child and adolescent health. The Sydney conference, planned for October 2020, has been delayed to 14th to 16th Oct 2021 and will be held in Doltone House (Hyde Park) Sydney.


In place of the face to face meeting in Sydney we have an exciting series of Webinars across topics affecting children and young people. Join us to hear from some Gamechangers in child and adolescent health, including several Nobel Prize winners, the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, the former President of the International Paediatric Association and current President of the International Association for Adolescent Health!

Education and Training

ACAH will be both a provider and linker to valuable resources for child and adolescent health professionals, trainees and students. We will soon have a list of national and international conferences and workshops. Please contact us if you have any ideas about valuable resources or if you can help us with this work.

Advocacy and Position Statements

The Academy has been and will continue to advocate for children and young people in Australia and internationally. Please join this work by becoming part of the ACAH and its various working groups and drive us to action!

Working Groups

We have established ARCH (the Australia Refugee Child Health Network), which brings together healthcare professionals working with children and families from refugee backgrounds from around Australia. We plan to develop additional working groups in Mental Health and Aboriginal Health. If you want to help establish these please contact us!

The Academy of Child and Adolescent Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.