Our Fellows and trainees

ANZCA is directly responsible for the training, examination and setting the continuing professional development standards of anaesthetists and specialist pain medicine physicians and for setting the standards of clinical practice in Australia and New Zealand. 


Training to become an anaesthetist

Before doctors can apply for the training program, they must have completed two years of general hospital experience after graduation from medical school. This can include up to 12 months in anaesthesia or intensive care but the aim is to ensure a grounding in general medicine and in disciplines other than anaesthesia. 

Trainees complete at least five years of training and are supervised by a network of qualified anaesthetists at accredited hospitals throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
 

ANZCA active trainees (to December 31, 2016)

 

Type

Australia

NZ

Other

Total

Active

1217

255

43

1515


 

Fellowship

Once anaesthesia training is completed, trainees receive the Diploma of Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and they are recognised as specialists with the letters FANZCA after their names.

ANZCA does not control the number of anaesthetists who practice in Australia and New Zealand. The number of specialist anaesthetists is determined by the number of positions in hospitals made available and funded by governments. The pass rate for ANZCA’s fellowship examination has been approximately 80 per cent for many years.
 

ANZCA active Fellows (to December 31, 2016)

 

Type

Australia

NZ

Other

Total

Active

5086

769

632

6487

 

 



Recognising the contributions of our Fellows and trainees

Many of our Fellows and trainees go above and beyond the call of duty, be it volunteering in developing countries; working in war zones; coming up with novel ideas to raise funds and awareness; or or advancing medical science through innovation. You can read their stories here

We are also building up a library of oral history video interviews which capture the memories of people, places and events as told by important individuals within the fields of anaesthesia and pain medicine. They provides unique insights into their involvement in key events in the history of the profession in Australia and New Zealand.
 

Remembering past Fellows and trainees

The Australian regional committees and New Zealand National Committee submit obituaries of local Fellows and trainees. Deaths are also recorded in the ANZCA Bulletin.
 
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