2017 fellowship survey

In late 2017 we invited all fellows to provide formal feedback on a range of college activities and affairs in order gauge attitudes and perceptions and to plan initiatives to better support our members. We gratefully acknowledge everyone who took the time to complete the survey.

Results from this survey will help inform our strategic planning for the coming five years. For the first time, bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment (BDSH) and health and wellbeing sections were included in the survey and completion of these sections was voluntary. 

The survey

Every three to four years we invite all fellows to provide formal feedback on a range of college matters including:
  • Current perceptions of the importance of the college’s roles and services to the profession – and how well we are providing them.
  • Overall attitudes towards the college including:  Our perceived image;  satisfaction with our annual subscription fee; our CPD program and events; and other services.
  • An optional section on bullying, discrimination, and sexual harassment (BDSH) as well as “you and your wellbeing” including mental health, general health, quality of life and desire to practice medicine.

We commissioned KPMG ACUITY to deliver the 2017 survey electronically on our behalf to all active and retired fellows.



The following is a snapshot of the results, showing   responses to our more general questions.
The results were largely positive, and overall perceptions of the college are positive with 86 per cent of participating fellows rating the college as “good” or “very good”. While not directly comparable with the 2014 survey, results suggest an increase in the number of fellows rating ANZCA’s performance as “very good”.


Voluntary roles within the college

Sixty per cent of respondents are currently undertaking a voluntary role with the college and 48 per cent of all respondents indicated a preference to undertake a voluntary role in the future. The most desirable roles are examiner, accreditation visitor, lecturer and supervisor of training. Interest was highest among new fellows (72 per cent) and fellows under the age of 40 (74 per cent).


The performance of Networks, our e-learning management system was not rated highly by fellows, with 40 per cent of respondents indicating that they had not used it, or that its performance was average or below. We are already undertaking work that will improve the system and the user experience.

Core services

The training program and the provision of quality and safety standards are the most highly-valued services. These were followed closely by continuing professional development (CPD) and education.


Respondents also consider that the college has a critical role to play in:

  • Advocating for anaesthesia.
  • Raising the profile of the profession.
  • And supporting initiatives that deal with doctors’ wellbeing and BDSH.

When assessing our performance against all roles, the 2017 results show significant increases from 2014. In areas where fellows feel we should be more involved than we currently are (for example workforce advocacy; the public profile of the profession; doctors’ health and wellbeing; and addressing BDSH), the college will better communicate the work done in these areas as well as the outcomes.



Attitudes to the ANZCA CPD program have improved dramatically since 2014. Far more respondents indicated that they find the CPD portfolio easy to use now compared with 2014.

And the perceived usefulness of college organised events has also significantly increased since 2014, particularly those who find events very useful (32 per cent up from 17 per cent).


The majority (79 per cent) of respondents support the inclusion of online learning and courses in CPD activities. They also placed a strong value on peer review; multisource feedback; access to the ANZCA Library; workshops; and the CPD dashboard when completing their CPD requirements.

Nearly half of respondents (47 per cent) reported that their clinical workload affected their ability to participate in CPD activities, while around one in three noted that their family commitments (37 per cent) and/or availability of relevant activities (30 per cent) hindered their participation. Nonetheless, one in four respondents (25 per cent) reported experiencing no barriers to CPD participation.



Respondents indicated that there has been an increase in the number of hours worked (up 5.6 hours since 2014, from 35.1 to 40.7). A majority rated their quality of life, general health, and psychological wellbeing positively. Three quarters “agree” that their work situations allow enough time for family/personal life and six in 10 indicate they have worked through illness.


Doctors’ health and wellbeing

We asked a series of questions based on the internationally recognised Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10). The majority of respondents rated their quality of life positively, with nearly 90 per cent saying that their quality of life was “very good” or “excellent.

Although the clear majority of respondents fall into the “low” or “moderate” categories of psychological distress (89 per cent), one in 10 indicated that they are experiencing higher levels of distress. There seems to be a stigma attached to divulging mental health issues (89 per cent agree or strongly agree). Two thirds of respondents (65 per cent) would not want people to know if they were suffering from mental health issues.
Overall, the desire to practice medicine among fellows is still quite strong, with 85 per cent stating their desire to practice is strong or very strong.

The college is engaging experts in the areas of bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment (BDSH) to interpret these results, and then to support actions that can be undertaken by the college to better support fellows. Further data on the results in this section can be viewed in the March edition of the ANZCA Bulletin.

Where to next?

The college has developed an action plan based on the results and feedback from the fellowship survey. Much work has already commenced in supporting new initiatives, and subsequent actions have been confirmed for delivery over the next five years, as part of the college’s strategic plan 2018- 2022.  
Visit the Fellowship Survey Action Plan page for further details.

For any queries on the fellowship survey please contact membership services.
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