Contributing to your college

The College undertakes a wide range of activities in many professional areas – training (supervision, teaching, assessment and hospital accreditation), continuing medical education, defining professional standards through professional document development, and governance of the professional activities of the College through the work of the ANZCA Council and its committees.


These activities not only contribute to the future of our profession and our College, but also are professionally and personally rewarding for those involved. They strengthen Fellows' skills in leadership and education and advance our professionalism. The College supports those in these roles with resources and training, and activities can form part of a Fellows' continuing professional development program.


Of course some of these roles are only relevant to those who interact directly with trainees, but many may be undertaken by those in any clinical practice situation.


If you have any questions about any of these roles, email The terms of reference for ANZCA committees, sub-committees and working groups and many of the individual roles reporting to ANZCA Council can be found here (committees) and here (roles).


How to get involved with College activities

There are many ways in which Fellows can get involved. Click on the links below to find out more.



Training program roles

For information about resources and training for these training roles click here and here.


Role Responsible for Suitable for those with an interest in How to be appointed to this role For further information
Supervisor of training Training in an ANZCA-accredited department A broad-based role in ANZCA education and training Approach your head of department See section 21 of the ANZCA Handbook for Training and Accreditation
Workplaced- based assessment (WBA) assessors Undertaking assessment of trainee performance at work Working with trainees and providing feedback to improve their performance  Approach your supervisor of training See section 27 of the handbook
Supervisor of anaesthesia trainees Supervising ANZCA trainees in their work Working with trainees and ensuring they have graded supervision and feedback as they progress through their training Approach your supervisor of training See section 19 of the handbook
Introductory training tutor Overseeing introductory training within a department Supervision of trainees in introductory training when they are learning the fundamentals of anaesthesia practice  Approach your supervisor of training See section 22 of the handbook
Clinical fundamental tutor Overseeing departmental training in one clinical fundamental Any one or more of: airway management, general anaesthesia and sedation, pain medicine, perioperative medicine, regional and local anaesthesia, resuscitation, trauma and crisis management, safety and quality in anaesthesia practice  Approach your supervisor of training See section 23 of the handbook
Specialised study unit (SSU) supervisor Overseeing departmental training in one specialised study unit (SSU) Any one or more of:
cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology,
general surgical, urological, gynaecological and endoscopic procedures,
intensive care medicine,
neurosurgery and neuroradiology,
obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia ophthalmic procedures,
orthopaedic surgery,
paediatric anaesthesia,
plastic, reconstructive and burns surgery, thoracic surgery,
vascular surgery and interventional radiology
Approach your supervisor of training See section 24 of the handbook
Departmental scholar role tutor Training and assessment of scholar role activities   Approach your supervisor of training See section 25 of the handbook
Provisional fellowship supervisor Supervising one or more provisional fellows Transition to specialist practice Approach your supervisor of training See section 26 of the handbook
Education officer Overseeing training within an Australian region or New Zealand A broad educational leadership role in their region or country, preferably following experience in other ANZCA educational roles Approach the chair of your regional or national committee See section 29 of the handbook
Rotational supervisor Co-ordinating the rotation of ANZCA trainees in an accredited rotation Working to ensure trainees are able to complete training program requirements through co-ordination activities Approach the education officer in your region or country See section 28 of the handbook
Examiner - primary and final examinations Participating in ANZCA examinations as a member of the primary or final examination panels Assessment of trainees according to the ANZCA guidelines on assessment For primary examination, email

For final examination email
See section 31 of the handbook
Training Accreditation Committee (TAC) inspector Undertaking training site accreditation as a member or leader of an accreditation inspection team Ensuring appropriate training standards in ANZCA accredited training sites Apply to the chair of the Training Accreditation Committee See the terms of reference for the TAC inspector role


The New Zealand National Committee and Australian regional committees

These are elected bodies that assist in implementing College policy in each of the regions/New Zealand, advise the ANZCA Council on issues that interest Fellows and trainees in the region, and have roles in training, continuing medical education (including  involvement in the ANZCA annual scientific meeting) and other professional activities (click to see the terms of reference for committee memberships and other College roles).


The committees are elected every two years (with a call for nominations in February of each even numbered year). The term of office begins in May of the same year. To contact your regional or national office, click here or email


New Fellows conference

The annual new Fellows conference supports ANZCA new Fellows in their personal and professional development. It is held every May prior to each annual scientific meeting. The New Fellows conference is usually advertised in the September issue of the ANZCA Bulletin  at least 10 months prior to the meeting and representatives are chosen by each Australian regional committee and the New Zealand National Committee. Further information is available here.


Special interest group executive committee member

There are 17 special interest groups (SIGs) which are jointly managed by ANZCA, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA). 

Any anaesthetists with an interest in these areas can join together to study, report and develop educational events such as continuing medical education meetings on specific areas of anaesthesia. Many SIG committees are also interested in recruiting members.

Membership of a SIG is open to Fellows, members of the ASA and NZSA. Fellows of other colleges, practitioners and allied health professionals are encouraged to participate as associate members. Further information on the SIGS is available here.


Area of Need assessor and IMGS workplace-based assessment assessor

ANZCA Fellows can be involved in the very rewarding work of assessing and upskilling of overseas trained anaesthetists (international medical graduate specialist or IMGS) in a variety ways. They can be:

  • Selected by their department as a supervisor of one or more international medical graduate specialists, so that they guide them through the process, and provide ANZCA with regular assessments of their process.
  • Selected by the IMGS Committee to:

Take part in interview panels which assess international medical graduate specialist’s training, qualifications and experience against that of a locally trained anaesthetist.

Take part in international medical graduate specialist workplace-based assessments (IMGS WBA), in which two Fellows from outside the international medical graduate specialist’s hospital assess his or her performance using a variety of methods (observation of an operating list, anaesthesia record review, interviews with colleagues and case-based discussions).


Further information on ANZCA's international medical graduate specialist program is available here.


Committee members

The ANZCA Council appoints annually to each of its various committees and other groups. Fellows who would like to contribute to a particular committee are encouraged to contact the relevant committee chair to register their interest or to contact the ANZCA president at


ANZCA councillor

The ANZCA Council is the governance body of the College and is comprised of elected and ex officio members (further information is available here). Elections are held in every year in which there are vacancies on the ANZCA Council. Details of how to stand for election are outlined in sections 8 and 9 of the ANZCA Constitution. All members are advised of each election in a "call for nominations". 


ANZCA representatives to external organisations

From time to time, the ANZCA Council through its executive committee nominates ANZCA members to represent the College on external organisations. These nominations generally occur in consultation with either the relevant regional or national committee chair or the chair of the relevant special interest group. Nominees are often members of these groups and resident in the region where the meetings of the external organisation are held. Further information is available in the terms of reference.


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