Goal 1: Leading professional identity and perioperative medicine

ANZCA will lead the promotion of the professional identity of anaesthesia and pain medicine specialties and the development of an effective, integrated and collaborative perioperative care model.

Key strategies


Strategy 1: Build and implement a collaborative and integrated model of perioperative medicine with associated funding model.



Engage and partner with a broad range of stakeholders to scope and develop model and associated qualification and to source funding.


Undertake cost benefit analysis.


Develop and test a pilot model. 


Ratify qualification in perioperative medicine.


Commence rollout.


Strategy 2: Promote benefits of perioperative model of care to the community including the integral and valuable role of anaesthetists.



Develop a patient centred education and awareness strategy for perioperative medicine.


Develop and implement a community focused communication strategy.


Strategy 3: Demonstrate the value of the perioperative medicine model to other clinical specialists, ANZCA fellows and trainees.



Advocate across government and healthcare the benefits and role of anaesthetists in perioperative care.


Partner with relevant organisations to rollout perioperative care model including support and funding.


Develop a stakeholder engagement and awareness strategy for perioperative medicine.


Strategy 4: Investigate a change in name for the specialty (anaesthesia) and implement if endorsed.



Evaluate the benefits and costs associated with a name change for the speciality to anaesthesiology and anaesthesiologist.


Seek feedback from fellows, trainees, SIMGs and relevant external stakeholders.


Communicate decisions to stakeholders as above.


Implement change if required.


How we will measure success

  • Approved and viable model of perioperative care adopted within health system.

  • Number of anaesthetists/clinicians enrolled in post graduate course in perioperative medicine. 

  • Increased recognition and funding for model of perioperative medicine from government, health bodies and philanthropy.

  • Decision made and implemented (if needed) regarding potential name change to speciality.

  • Increase in number of media stories, articles, journal articles profiling perioperative care and role of anaesthetists.

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