Achievements from the Strategic Plan 2013-2017

The following is a snapshot of achievements from 2013-2017 that highlight the combined efforts of our fellows, trainees and staff and how the college performed against the priorities and objectives of the Strategic Plan 2013-2017.

Advance standards through training, education, accreditation and research

  • The revised ANZCA curriculum and training portfolio system was rolled out at 170 training sites in 2013. FPM also revised its curriculum and training program in 2015.

  • The ANZCA Research Foundation awarded more than $A5.7 million in research.

  • Our revised ANZCA CPD Program and new online CPD portfolio system was rolled out.

  • FPM developed an online pain management education program “Better Pain Management” for health professionals. 

  • ANZCA’s online hospital training site accreditation system for hospital inspections was launched. 

  • A free FPM opioid equi-analgesic calculator, smartphone app and website was developed to promote consistency in converting opioid combinations.

  • Extensive online support resources for ANZCA and FPM supervisors and trainees were developed.

  • ANZCA developed and launched a standardised Part Zero Course to all regions and New Zealand.

  • ANZCA continued to produce popular publications Australasian Anaesthesia (the Blue Book) every two years and Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence (every five years).

  • The new ANZCA Educators Program (formerly the Foundation Teacher Course) was launched, aimed at “teaching you to teach”. 

Build engagement, ownership and unity.

  • National Anaesthesia Day was relaunched in 2013 with much success and has continued to grow, raising the profile of the specialty through media campaigns and resulting in improved fellow engagement.

  • The college committed to improving doctors’ health and wellbeing through a Bullying, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (BDSH) Working Group which led to the development of numerous resources, including the ANZCA Doctors’ Support Program.

  • The Graduate Outcomes Survey for ANZCA and FPM was introduced in 2014 and the inaugural FPM Fellowship Survey was held in 2017.

  • A Knowledge Centre was opened in the historic Ulimaroa building at ANZCA in Melbourne, housing the ANZCA Library and the refurbished, award winning Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthestic History.

  • A library of oral histories was started in 2013, featuring Professor Bill Runciman, the late Dr Patricia McKay and the late Professor Tess Cramond. 

  • LibGuides was introduced, creating better access to library collections and resources.

  • The college celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017 with the publication of a book for all fellows and trainees and numerous events and activities across Australia and New Zealand.

Develop and maintain strong external relationships.

  • The college worked with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2014 on a conjoint annual scientific meeting in Singapore. Another is planned for 2018. 

  • Collaboration with the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists continued with the delivery of special interest group and continuing medical education and regional and New Zealand meetings and through collaborations such as the Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee (ANZTADC). 

  • ANZCA hosted the 2017 conference of the Tri-nation Alliance comprising five medical colleges from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. 

  • ANZCA continued to advocate for the specialty and submitted more than 250 external government, regulatory, medical and health agencies submissions. 

  • ANZCA’s media profile continued to grow with increasing numbers of people seeing and hearing about anaesthesia and pain medicine, the college and faculty.

  • Five recommendations were submitted in Australia and New Zealand to the Choosing Wisely initiative, part of a global social movement aimed at improving the safety and quality of healthcare for patients.

  • Memoranda of understanding were established with the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists, Chinese Society of Anesthesiology and European Society of Anaesthesiology in 2017.

  • ANZCA’s social media presence expanded via Twitter, YouTube and through Facebook which was launched in 2016 for fellows and trainees and to promote wider community understanding of anaesthesia and pain medicine.

  • Essential Pain Management, a cost-effective, multi-disciplinary program for local health workers, continued to grow with numerous courses delivered around the world.


Ensure ANZCA is a sustainable organisation.

  • In 2016 the Joan Sheales Award was first awarded to a staff member to assist in developing his or her professional capacity. 

  • A membership services area was introduced in 2017 and an entirely online annual subscription process was introduced. 

  • ANZCA began development of its first professional document on environmental sustainability and ANZCA events increasingly work with suppliers who promote and model good environmental practices.

  • ANZCA’s digital learning and collaboration system, Networks, was launched in 2014.

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