The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) was incorporated in February 1992. Its mission statement is: “To serve the community by fostering safety and high quality patient care in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain medicine.”
For the 40 years prior to formation, the functions of the College had been carried out by the Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons which was formed in 1952.
From the College's mission statement flows three major objectives:
- To promote professional standards and patient safety in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management.
- To promote education in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management.
- To advance the science and practice of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management.
The College's function is thus to cultivate and maintain the highest principles and standards in the training, practice and ethics of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain medicine. To assist the ANZCA Council in achieving its objectives, the College engages professional and administrative staff located at ANZCA House, in the New Zealand national office, and in state and territory regional offices.
The Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM), through its independent board, assists the ANZCA Council to achieve these objectives in the area of pain medicine.
There are approximately 5000 Fellows of the College and 2000 trainees spread across the five training years.
- ANZCA Constitution
- ANZCA structure and governance
- ANZCA Strategic Plan 2013 - 2017
- Anaesthesia as a career
- About ANZCA booklet