Our College

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) is the professional organisation for around 6400 specialist anaesthetists (Fellows) and 1500 anaesthetists in training (trainees).
One of Australasia's largest specialist medical colleges, ANZCA is responsible for the training, examination and specialist accreditation of anaesthetists and pain medicine specialists and for the standards of clinical practice in Australia and New Zealand. The College also plays a significant role in the advancement of anaesthesia in south-east Asia and South Pacific island countries.
ANZCA, which includes the Faculty of Pain Medicine, was formed in February 1992 after 40 years operating as a Faculty of Anaesthetists within the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Its function is 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 assists the ANZCA Council to achieve these objectives in the area of pain medicine. 


The ANZCA Constitution sets out the form, reasons for and purpose of the College. It defines the objectives of the College and lists the powers vested in the corporate entity to achieve those objectives. The constitution describes the operations of the College, including definitions, membership, composition and functioning of the ANZCA Council, and elections to the council. It also covers operational areas including the powers of the council, admission of Fellows, postal ballots, subscriptions, cessation of membership, discipline, reinstatement and indemnity.

Our mission

ANZCA's mission is "to serve the community by fostering safety and high quality patient care in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain medicine".
From the mission flows three major objectives:
    •    To promote professional standards and patient safety in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain medicine. 
    •    To promote education in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management.
    •    To advance the science and practice of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management.

Our vision - strategic plan

The ANZCA Strategic Plan 2013-2017 has four strategic priorities centered on advancing anaesthesia and improving patient care. These priorities aim to:
    •    Advance standards through training, education, accreditation and research.
    •    Build engagement, ownership and unity.
    •    Develop and maintain strong external relationships.
    •    Ensure ANZCA is a sustainable organisation.
The strategic plan defines ANZCA's direction over five years and is an integral part of the College’s response to the long-term challenges faced by the profession.
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