ANZCA Council


Council members

The council has 14 voting members (or directors). See the councillor terms of reference here. The quorum of voting members is eight. Representatives of ANZCA committees and sister organisations, and members of staff also attend council meetings.

  Name and Title Region

Dr Rodney Mitchell - President

Rodney Mitchell works in both public and private practice in Adelaide in anaesthesia and intensive care. He holds staff positions in the department of anaesthesia at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the department of intensive care at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.

He spent nine years in central Australia, working in remote primary healthcare, retrieval medicine, and more recently as director of anaesthesia at the Alice Springs Hospital. 

Read Rodney's full bio.

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Dr Vanessa Beavis - Vice-president

Vanessa Beavis is a specialist anaesthetist working in public and private practice in Auckland. She trained in South Africa and emigrated to New Zealand in 1993. Vanessa is the Director of Anaesthesia and Operating Rooms at Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand.  Her main area of interest, with respect to clinical work, is liver transplantation. 

Read Vanessa's full bio.

Professor David A Scott - Immediate Past President

David A Scott is a Clinical Professor with the University of Melbourne and Director of the Department of Anaesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.

His clinical interests include regional anaesthesia, acute pain management, vascular and cardiac anaesthesia. 

Read David's full bio.​

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Dr Richard Waldron - Honorary Treasurer

Richard Waldron joined the ANZCA Council in 2014. Richard works in full-time private practice in Tasmania as part of the Hobart Anaesthetic Group.  

He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and did his anaesthetic training in Tasmania as well as in South Australia where he was senior registrar at the (then) Adelaide Children’s Hospital.

Read Richard's full bio.


Dr Meredith Craigie - FPM Dean

Meredith Craigie trained in medicine followed by anaesthesia and intensive care in Adelaide, further specialising in paediatric anaesthesia in the United Kingdom followed by a Masters of Pain Medicine from Sydney University.

Read Meredith's full bio.

Dr Chris CokisCouncillor

Dr Cokis is a Clinical Anaesthetist at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth, WA. His interests include Cardiac Anaesthesia and Thoracic organ transplantation.

Dr Patrick Farrell - Councillor

Patrick Farrell is a senior staff specialist of anaesthesia of the Newcastle anaesthesia service based at John Hunter Hospital. He is a graduate of University of New South Wales.

He commenced his anaesthetic training at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, UK and completed his fellowship in Sydney in 1986. 

Read Patrick's full bio.​

Dr Genevieve Goulding - Councillor

Genevieve Goulding is a deputy director in quality and safety for the Department of Anaesthesia at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Genevieve trained at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.

Her anaesthesia interests include obstetric anaesthesia, medical education, welfare issues and patient safety. 

Read Genevieve's full bio.

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Dr Simon Jenkins - Councillor

Simon Jenkins joined the ANZCA Council in 2014. Simon is a clinical anaesthetist and department director at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. 

Read Simon's full bio.

Dr Michael Jones - Councillor / Chair of Examinations

Michael was co-opted to Council in November 2014 and formally elected in May 2015.

He has a mixed public/private working profile with interests in perioperative medicine and orthopedic anaesthesia.

Read Michael's full bio.

Dr Sean McManus - Councillor

Sean McManus joined the ANZCA Council in 2014. Sean is a senior specialist in the Department of Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Intensive Care at the Cairns Hospital, QLD. 

Read Sean's full bio.

Dr Nigel RobertsonCouncillor

Dr Robertson is a staff specialist and former clinical director at Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand. His interests include neuroanaesthesia , interventional radiology, operating room systems as well as organising music festivals.

Dr Rowan Thomas - Councillor

Rowan Thomas is chair of ANZCA's Fellowships Affairs Committee and joined the ANZCA Council in 2014. Rowan is Deputy Director of Anaesthesia at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC. 

Read Rowan's full bio.

Dr Christine Vien - New Fellow Councillor

Christine Vien underwent anaesthetic training in Victoria, and now holds a full time public position at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

Read Christine's full bio.


In attendance


Name  Title Region
Executive Director of Professional Affairs NZ
Dr Peter Seal
​President, Australian Society of Anaesthetists
Dr Kathryn Hagen
President, New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists NZ

Mr John Batten

President, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Tas
Mr John Ilott Chief Executive Officer, ANZCA Vic
Dr Ray Raper President, College of Intensive Care Medicine NSW
Dr Simon Bradbeer Chair, ANZCA Trainee Committee WA

Dr Jennifer Woods

Chair, ANZCA New Zealand National Committee NZ


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