Who are we

Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand (SYHPANZ) supports Doctors, Nurses, and Allied Health Professionals working within the Youth Health & Development scope of practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

It's our 10th year Anniversary

2017 is our 10th year of existence!


To celebrate our 10th anniversary we have an offer  for Youth Health Professional students in Aotearoa.
Check out the 'birthday treat' below.


Annual General Meeting

  • The SYHPANZ Annual General Meeting will be held during the Young People and Oranga Tamariki hui on Monday 3rd July - find out more here.
  • Nominations of SYHPANZ Executive members are now open, nominations close on Friday 23rd June at 5pm - find out more here.

Latest Happenings

Registrations are now open for the below SYHPANZ & Health Connections hui.


  • Youth health and development services are struggling to meet growing demand with scarce resource - read the press release here.
  • The NZNO College of Child and Youth Nurses (CCYN) undertook a survey of members in early March 2017. Here are the summary findings.
  • Are you training to be a nurse, last year in med school, or other health professional training? We would like to offer all students in their final year of training in a health profession free membership for a 12 month period! To take advantage of this offer, please email Shannan.
  • The New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists have shared professional clinical experiences and contributions to the following press release.
  • SYHPANZ, the Ministry of Health and the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners have signed a statement of collaboration. Read more here!

SYHPANZ & The Collaborative 2017 Hui

We had a great time at the Hui.
Please take the evaluation survey here.

Youth Development Organisations find their MOJO


INVOLVE 2018: Positive Youth Development in Aotearoa

Ara Taiohi, peak body for youth development, in partnership with the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network, The Collaborative Trust for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development, and the Society for Youth Health Professionals of Aotearoa New Zealand are excited to formally announce the beginning of a collaboration that will culminate in Involve 2018. Involve 2018 is an opportunity for people who work with young people to gather together to enhance skills and strengthen connections to promote positive youth development and wider sector development.

These four organisations are formally launching a MOJO (Memorandum of Joint Operations) at a sector leadership event as part of #YouthWeekNZ because Involve 2018 is a conference that will bring together a wide variety of people from across the youth sector including: youth development providers, health services, mentors, government, practitioners, clinicians, researchers, evaluators, policy-makers, educators, medical doctors, youth workers, social workers, young people and more. Involve aims to inspire, inform encourage and challenge these people in their work with young people.

Read more...

Networking for all

SYHPANZ connects to multiple networks such as Ministries for Health, Social Development, & Youth Development, Family Planning, The Collaborative Trust, Ara Taiohi, Youth One Stop Shops (YOSS), School Nurses, School Based Health Care, School Services, Primary Health Care, Youth Specialty Services, Secondary Health Care, Mental Health Services, Alcohol & Other Drug Services, Auckland Health Research Group (AHRG), Mentoring...............as our membership grows so do our network links.  

Please join us and connect to Special Interest Groups.

Knowledge Brokering

We aim to provide research & resources such as:

  • Links to Youth 2012, 2007, 2001 
  • International Literature, 
  • Youth Health Presentations, 
  • Links to Youth Health resources, 
  • Best Practice Standards such as National Youth Health Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework, 
  • Standing Orders
Let us know what else might be useful 
Please join us to view our shared resources.
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