Advocacy

ANZCA plays a key role in advocating on a range of issues for Fellows and trainees.

 

Submissions

ANZCA prepares submissions in response to a range of policy initiatives and inquiries. Submissions on behalf of ANZCA and FPM can be found here.

 

ANZCA supports proposed WHO global plan of action on interpersonal violence

ANZCA has joined the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and other colleges, in writing to the chief medical officer of the Australian Government expressing support for the proposed WHO global plan of action on interpersonal violence. The plan was endorsed at the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016. The letter is available here, and the WHA resolution is available on the WHO website


ANZCA supports the Caring for Cognitive Impairment Campaign

Cognitive impairment including delirium or dementia are common among older people admitted to hospital. ANZCA supports the Caring for Cognitive Impairment campaign to raise awareness for the optimal recognition and management of this important condition in the community and ensure our patients remain safe in their perioperative journey.

 

To learn more please see the campaign website.

 

The 2015 Bangkok Global Surgery Declaration

In September 2015 ANZCA supported the Bangkok Global Surgery declaration calling on the global health community to "Strengthen Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia as a part of Universal Health Coverage". You can read a copy of the statement here.

 

Position statement - Health of people seeking asylum

In support of universal access to safe affordable surgery and anaesthesia, including adequate pain relief when needed, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian Society of Anaesthetists and New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists have issued the following position statement

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Joint Statement - Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT)

In October 2015, ANZCA in conjunction with a number of peak health bodies signed the joint statement calling on Australia to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).  Click here to access the joint statement  

 

ANZCA supports the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

ANZCA supports the vision established through the Lancet Commission on global surgery.  Providing universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed. See the full list of supporting colleges and societies. 
 

World Health Assembly - Resolution 68/31

Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage

ANZCA has written to Australia's representative Mr Martin Bowles, Secretary Department of Health in support of the May 2015 World Health Assembly vote on resolution 68/31 Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage.

 

To learn more, please see the correspondence and the Overseas Aid webpage.
 

New South Wales election 2015

As part of the College's 2015 New South Wales election advocacy, ANZCA wrote to the Liberal Party, the Nationals, the Australian Labor Party and the Greens to identify concerns relating to the rural specialist workforce, Specialist Training Program, pain services and bariatric surgery in NSW public hospitals.

 

See here for their responses and other information.

 

Queensland election 2015

Prior to the 2015 Queensland election, ANZCA wrote to the ALP, LNP and Greens in Queensland identifying concerns relating to specialist workforce, pain services and the STP Program.

 

See here for their responses and other information.
 

International access to ketamine

In March 2015, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, 58th Session, was asked to review a proposal to restrict access to ketamine. This proposal was contrary to the repeated recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence and poses a significant risk to the safety of essential anaesthesia and surgery in developing countries.  ANZCA advocated for continued access to ketamine internationally with the WHO and supporting the WHO led coalition against restricting access. 

 

The Australian delegation to the 58th Session, among other member countries, made strong representations against the scheduling of ketamine.  Ketamine continues to remain available for use worldwide.

 

Further information is available in the fact sheet below.

 

  

 

 

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