Fellowship survey action plan

The 2017 Fellowship Survey identified a number of ways we could improve. Here’s what we’ve committed to doing by 2020.

Better online systems to support learning

Respondents identified the training program, quality and safety standards, continuing professional development (CPD), and education as the services they valued most. However there was a strong desire for us to increase the use of online systems to support further learning. Networks seems to be underutilised and not always easy to use.

We will: Improve and upgrade Networks making it more user friendly to support additional online education.

The Education unit launched a significant upgrade and redesign of Networks in July 2018. The new Networks has a contemporary design with improved navigation and discoverability of content. The platform has also been made mobile-responsive, meaning you can access it a lot more easily. We will continue to develop our online learning services. Here are just a few of the new resources we have delivered already or plan to launch by December 2018:
  • Bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment (BDSH) resources, containing the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ “Operating with respect” module – Launched in December 2017.

  • Workplace-based assessment (WBA) support resources – Launched in January 2018.

  • End-of-life essentials modules focusing on palliative health care in hospitals – Launched in April 2018.

  • Perioperative anaphylaxis response modules – to be launched in 2018.

  • Effective risk communication modules – to be launched in 2018.

  • Clinical audit resources – to be launch in 2018.

Better support for private practitioners in CPD

Fellows in private practice highlighted difficulties with completing the required CPD activities as outlined by the ANZCA and FPM CPD program. 

We will: Work with the ANZCA and FPM CPD Committee to better support private practitioners completing CPD by developing a series of Bulletin articles on completing CPD in private practice, such as tips to completing the triennium.

Maximising the benefits of digital communications channels

ANZCA communications and publications once again continue to be well received, with Australasian Anaesthesia (the “Blue Book”) being the most popular publication. Fellows would like to see more events, news and CPD opportunities in online and printed publications and would like to improve their use of social media.

We will: Encourage fellows to engage with us via social media and use social media as a medical professional by doing the following:


  • The college will continue to explore opportunities to use social media (in particular, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube) to communicate with fellows, trainees, the wider medical community, and the public.

  • We will establish and promote conference hashtags for all major ANZCA and FPM-managed events to connect delegates; support collaboration; and encourage remote participation.

  • We will continue to share sessions from the ANZCA ASM via livestreaming services like Periscope.

  • We will develop new online guidelines and support for fellows and trainees around using social media as a medical professional.

  • Our Communications team have already commenced work on the new website which will be delivered in 2019.

Subscription fees for overseas fellows

Membership is perceived as relatively good value to the majority of fellows, although overseas fellows feel they could benefit more, especially where training support is no longer provided.

We will: Present a paper on overseas concessions to the ANZCA Council highlighting these concerns. We will also work on continuing to strengthen and diversify relations with colleges in the Asia-Pacific region, through the International Relations Liaison Group.

Advocating for our specialities

Fellows don’t feel that the college is doing enough in terms of government submissions, workforce advocacy, or raising the profile of anaesthesia and pain medicine.  

We will: Develop a communication plan to promote our work on government submissions, and introduce it as a standing item on committee agendas. The New Zealand team will more widely publicise their activities on the website to promote the advocacy taking place in New Zealand.

We are also developing a series of animated patient information videos and accompanying factsheets addressing common questions and misconceptions about anaesthesia and pain medicine.

We will continue to promote anaesthesia and pain medicine in the media and use National Anaesthesia Day as an opportunity to highlight the role of anaesthetists in Australia and New Zealand.  


Doctors’ health and wellbeing

The Kessler scale is used in the wellbeing section of the survey indicating on the whole, fellows are doing well. Results indicated a 30 per cent prevalence amongst those responding to the survey of experiencing bullying. Sixty per cent of fellows felt adequately prepared and supported to deal with instances of bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment. The working hours for fellows have significantly increased since 2014 (from 35.1 to 40.7).

We will: Actively support fellows health and wellbeing at all times. The Doctor’s Health and Wellbeing interim draft framework will be available in October 2018. The BDSH working group is discussing ways to equip fellows with support to handle instances of bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment. We encourage fellows to take advantage of our confidential and independent counselling and coaching service.


Fellow engagement

A significant number of fellows expressed interest in voluntary positions such as joining a committee, becoming a supervisor or training, joining a special interest group or convening a meeting with the largest demographic being under 40.

We will: Look at how we can use college communications to engage volunteers and promote volunteering opportunities. Expressions of interest for committee vacancies will be more broadly advertised.

In the August, September and October e-newsletters, and in the September Bulletin, we invited fellows to volunteer to join a document development group (DDG) for the upcoming review of the following professional documents:

  • PS26 Guidelines on Consent for Anaesthesia or Sedation
  • PS55 Recommendations on Minimum Facilities for Safe Administration of Anaesthesia in Operating Suites and Other Anaesthetising Locations
  • PS56 Guidelines on Equipment to Manage a Difficult Airway During Anaesthesia

We have had a very positive response to these invitations and now have sufficient nominees for PS26 and PS56. Many of these nominees have not been involved in DDGs in the past. Members for PS55 are still being sought and those interested can contact profdocs@anzca.edu.au.


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