New fellows

Information for new fellows

Upon completing all requirements of the ANZCA training program, you may apply for fellowship of the college. Trainees admitted to fellowship of ANZCA are entitled to place FANZCA after their names and can continue to do so as long as they remain members of the college.


A broad overview of the college and its activities can be found in the About ANZCA booklet.


Benefits of fellowship
There are many benefits associated with being a fellow of ANZCA. Many of these can be found here.

Annual Scientific Meeting
Discover the latest developments in anaesthesia and pain medicine at the world-class ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), held each year over several days in May.

The scientific program features an array of international and local speakers, workshops, small group discussions and quality assurance sessions. A complementary social program allows delegates to mingle and catch up with friends and colleagues at the meetings, which are usually held in Australia or New Zealand but sometimes elsewhere overseas.

Preceding each ASM is the Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) which aims to provide each participant with skills to assist them in dealing with their professional lives and relationships during their work in anaesthesia and pain medicine. Fellows from all training regions within five years of fellowship may apply to attend. Further information on the Emerging Leaders Conference is detailed below.

College Ceremony
Celebrate your success with friends and family at the prestigious College Ceremony, when the ANZCA President and FPM Dean welcome you into fellowship of the college of FPM.

Held at the start of the ASM, this formal event includes an oration by a distinguished speaker and is followed by the College Ceremony Reception. New fellows can attend a college ceremony within two years of receiving their fellowship. Those eligible will receive a formal invitation from the college.

For further information about the ASM or college ceremony, please contact the events team on +61 9510 6299 or email


Emerging Leaders Conference

Are you interested in strengthening your leadership skills? Do you see yourself as a future leader? Would you like to meet like minded peers and work together on shaping the future direction of your specialty?

The college supports new fellows of anaesthesia and pain medicine in the development of a broad range of leadership skills such as communication, social and emotional intelligence and resilience through the Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC). The ELC brings together a diverse range of facilitators to present engaging and dynamic content over a three day period for new fellows to build on their skills and attributes as future leaders of the profession.

Fellows from all training regions may apply to attend the Emerging Leaders Conference, which is held annually just prior to the Annual Scientific Meeting. To be eligible, fellows must be within five years of receiving fellowship by the closing date of applications. It is a requirement that applicants must also attend the ASM if selected to attend the ELC. The successful applicants must register to attend the ASM by close of "early-bird". Should the successful applicants not register by close of "early-bird" for the ASM, the ASM and Events Planning Committee will review the applicant’s eligibility and revoke the application allowing another representative from their region to attend.


Criteria for selection:
  1. Applicants must be within five years of receiving fellowship.
  2. Demonstrated evidence of commitment to ANZCA or FPM affairs.
  3. Demonstration of education and teaching in anaesthesia.
  4. Participation in ANZCA supervisory roles.
  5. Involvement in leadership roles in anaesthesia.
  6. Interest in involvement in ANZCA affairs.
  7. Commitment to attend the entire ELC.
  8. Commitment to attend the ASM at the completion of the ELC.
  9. Willingness to attend a regional/national committee meeting after the conference to provide a report.

The ELC is advertised in the September issue of the ANZCA Bulletin. New fellows are encouraged to apply to represent their region or country at the conference. An electronic invitation is also sent to all eligible new fellows and information is sent to the chair of each regional and national committee requesting they promote the conference, and to heads of department, highlighting the value of the conference to their promising young anaesthetists and pain medicine specialists.

ANZCA’s regional and national committees and the Faculty of Pain Medicine select the attendees. A covering letter addressing the selection criteria, with accompanying curriculum vitae and the names of two referees, should be forwarded to the applicant’s regional or national ANZCA committee, or the Faculty of Pain Medicine by the end of October the preceding year. Successful applicants are notified in early December.


The college and faculty will cover the costs of this conference; however, the applicant is responsible for the cost of travelling to and from the ELC and ASM registration and associated costs. This conference is strictly for fellows and families are not permitted to attend. 


Structure and governance

This website includes information about ANZCA's structure and governance. The college's approach to professionalism is reflected in documents that can be found here. The college also has a strategic plan which can be found here.


Contacting the college

Queries can be directed to specific areas of the college from here.


Workforce action plan
In 2013, ANZCA developed a workforce action plan to ensure the college contributes to effective solutions for workforce concerns. The current approach is in three areas – collecting high quality data, working with regional and national committees and jurisdictions to ensure the college has an effective voice in workforce decisions; and communicating with fellows and trainees. The plan is outlined in the December 2013 ANZCA Bulletin on page 18.

New fellows within three years of fellowship are urged to participate in the ANZCA Graduate Outcomes Survey to make sure results are representative. Results of the inaugural survey can be found in the March 2014 edition of the ANZCA Bulletin and the second survey's results can be found here in the December 2014 ANZCA Bulletin.

New fellow representatives

There are new Fellow representatives on ANZCA Council, the New Zealand National Committee and the regional committees of the ACT, NSW, Queensland, SA and NT, Tasmania, Victoria and WA.



To register as a specialist, please visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).


After admission an annual subscription fee is payable, which will be pro-rated from your joining date, together with the fellowship entrance fee. For any queries relating to fees and amounts, please email For further information, click here.


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