To advocate, promote and enhance the development of youth health practitioners and services for young people in Aotearoa New Zealand.


  1. To improve the health of young people age 12-24, in NZ by facilitating the education of health professionals in the area of youth health. By promoting, supporting and furthering the knowledge skills and scope of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working within the health specialty.
  2. Benefit the community by ensuring that young people can access health professionals with specialist skills by working with the professional bodies and colleges in the NZ health sector to enable health professionals to meet the standards required for recognition as youth health specialists.
  3. Do anything necessary or helpful to the above purposes, including participation in research, training and certification of practitioners.


SYHPANZ is governed by an executive committee consisting of thefollowing members for 2019 – 2020:

Roles Name Region
Chairperson Anita Balhorn Hawkes Bay
Secretary TBA  
Treasurer Vicki Shaw Palmerston North
General Executive Members    
  Christine Cammell  Auckland
  Kate Chi Tar  Auckland
  Liz Hosking  Auckland
  Rachel McGillan  Whangarei
  Emily Oughton  Wanaka
  Michaela Vanderspeck  Hawkes Bay
  Emma Maguire  Christchurch
 Ministry of Health – Officio Janine Ryland  Wellington