Get involved with your college

Taking part in the college’s educational, advocacy, research and leadership activities enables fellows to play an active role in shaping the future of anaesthesia. Find out how you can get involved. 


 Explore your interests

Whether it’s research, Indigenous health, welfare, sustainability or shaping the future, we strongly encourage our fellows to explore their professional interests.


Apply for a committee role

Nominating yourself for a role on a committee is a great way to build your experience and profile as a leader, along with enhancing your knowledge and skills in areas of particular interest. Committees provide specialist advice and guidance to the ANZCA Council on everything from safety and quality to education, overseas aid, Indigenous health, gender equity, research and risk management.

Write a clincal audit sample

Since launching the CPD program in 2014 the ANZCA and FPM CPD Committee have published 14 clinical audit samples for participants to use as part of their practice evaluation category. The CPD Committee wish to extend an invitation to all CPD participants to contribute to this valuable resoure by becoming an author of a new clinical audit sample. Guidance is available from members of the CPD Committee, and assistance from the CPD team with the final formatting of the clinical audit guide, data collection form and summary of results forms. If you are interested in writing a clinical audit sample please contact the CPD team.


Join a special interest group

ANZCA manages 14 of the 17 special interest groups (SIGs) jointly overseen by Anaesthesia Continuing Education – a tripartite alliance comprising ANZCA, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA). These cover off every aspect of anaesthesia from airway management to wellbeing.


Because SIG membership is open to medical professionals from all specialities, they’re the perfect forum for meeting like-minded individuals; expanding your contacts and networks; and contributing to cross-discipline collaboration.


Share your expertise

We’re always on the lookout for subject matter experts to advise us on our submissions, review our professional documents, and speak at our scientific meetings. It isn’t just limited to clinical expertise. Things like legal, cultural and technical knowledge are also extremely useful.


Advance your understanding of anaesthetic history

Our award-winning Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History is home to one of the largest and most diverse collections of its type in the world. It offers our fellows an unparalleled opportunity to help advance our understanding of how anaesthesia and pain medicine has evolved. We are also developing an extensive library of oral histories – a precious video record of interviews with fellows who have helped to shape anaesthesia and analgesia in Australia and New Zealand in the past 50 years. So if you have an interest in medical history and heritage, we’d really like to hear from you.


Be a National Anaesthesia Day champion

ANZCA National Anaesthesia Day is celebrated each year on October 16, the anniversary of the day in 1846 that ether anaesthetic was first demonstrated in Boston, Massachusetts. The aim is to raise awareness of the role anaesthetists play in patients’ preparation for surgery; their wellbeing during the operation; and their post-surgery recovery. There are dozens of ways you can get involved, from putting up posters and sharing our campaign through your social networks to organising a foyer display.


Support equity and diversity

The college celebrates and promotes diversity in all areas. A gender equity position statement has been released which states our commitment to advocate for gender equity and we  and we encourage all members to consider how they can support gender equity within their own work environment. Visit our gender equity page for more information.

Who kept you motivated during your training? How could it have been better? And what would you have done differently? 

We’re committed to giving our trainees the support and encouragement they need to succeed. But we can’t do it without you. So if you think you have what it takes to be a mentor, and want to make a real difference to the next generation, we’d really welcome your help.

Here are just some of the mentoring and teaching opportunities available to fellows:

Supervisors of training are responsible for training within an ANZCA-accredited training site. They oversee trainee performance and progression.

Rotational supervisors are responsible for co-ordinating the rotation of ANZCA trainees at various training sites within an accredited rotation. They ensure trainees are appropriately allocated to clinical placements to help trainees fulfil the training requirements. 

Education officers are responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating training within an Australian region or New Zealand. They have a sound understanding of the training program and provide advice and guidance to supervisors and trainees.

Workplace based assessment (WBA) assessors are responsible for observing the trainee at work and providing structured, constructive feedback to the trainee about their performance. All fellows and provisional fellows of the college can complete workplace-based assessments with trainees as a WBA assessor.

Workplace-based Assessment Lead is a formal role appointed officially by the college to lead the delivery of WBA education to supervisors, fellows and trainees within their hospital and local region. They would be advocates for WBAs as workplace learning tools and help their colleagues and peers to better understand WBA philosophy, process and college resources to utilise WBAs as tools for learning. 

ANZCA Educators Program Facilitators are formerly appointed to support the delivery of the current thirteen modules offered by the college. In this role the facilitators contribute to the development of knowledge, skills and professional behaviours of advanced trainees, fellows and consultants fundamental to teaching effectively.


For full details see the  ANZCA Handbook for Training.


 Be a local voice


Getting involved in your local Australian or New Zealand committee is a great way to support the college and to play an active role in raising the profile of your profession in your country, state or territory. 

Stand for your local committee

The New Zealand National Committee and Australian regional committees are elected bodies that advise the ANZCA council on the issues that are important to fellows and trainees at a local level. They play a pivotal role in implementing college strategy across Australia and New Zealand, while also ensuring that we don’t lose sight of local needs and protocols. They are closely involved in training, continuing medical education and other professional activities. 

Convene a CME meeting

The college supports continuing medical education by facilitating a wide range of conferences and events. Have you considered convening of a meeting? Learn more through our New Zealand and Australian regional committees and special interest groups on how to expand your skills in co-ordination and collaboration. 


 Emerging leaders conference

New fellows who have received fellowship within the last five years* are invited to apply to attend the Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) which is held annually just prior to the Annual Scientific Meetings. The ELC brings together like minded peers with an interest in furthering their skills and knowledge. We recognise that leaders come in all shapes and sizes, and skills such as communication, social and emotional intelligence and resilience continue to be developed over time. The ELC offers a unique opportunity for anaesthetists and pain medicine specialists to join collectively and focus on enhancing non-technical skills. 

Applications open in September annually, the year prior to the ELC. For more information on how to apply, please visit the website

* Taking into account career disruption (We understand career disruption may be for a variety of reasons, such as parental leave, illness, or time taken to care for a dependent. In support of our member’s ongoing learning, education and participation in this conference, time taken for any of these reasons is not included in the five year requirement).



ANZCA strongly supports all forms of anaesthesia and pain medicine research. This includes everything from big multicentre trials to audits undertaken by trainees in their local hospitals. 

Funding of nearly $A1.74 million has been awarded through the ANZCA Research Foundation for research projects in 2018. The funding supports the Academic Enhancement Grant, 20 new project grants, six continuing project grants; the Simulation/Education Grant, five novice investigator grants and the pilot grant scheme. For information on applying for a grant visit our How to apply page.

The ANZCA Clinical Trials Network Pilot Grant Scheme is a fast-track program open to fellows of ANZCA and the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM). The program was created to assist fellows in the development of high quality projects with the potential to acquire future competitive funding, for example, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funds, and develop into large multicentre research studies.

 Share your abstracts at the ASM


The ASM is proud to play a role in promoting and disseminating important research, by offering a platform to share your work. We invite prospective authors to submit their abstracts for consideration in a prize at the Annual Scientific Meeting in the categories of anaesthesia and pain medicine. All presentations will be in electronic poster (e-Poster) format except for those selected for oral presentation in the following prize sessions: Gilbert Brown Prize; ANZCA Trainee Academic Prize; FPM Dean’s Prize and FPM Best Free Paper. Accepted ePosters will be displayed throughout the venue on site at the ASM, as well as available on the Virtual ASM. 

For further details please visit the ASM website.

 More information

If you have any questions about any of these roles or wish to express interest in being more involved with the college and its activities, please contact membership services.


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