Since the mid 1990s, ANZCA has been involved with the development of postgraduate education in Papua New Guinea (PNG) through the efforts of Professor Garry Phillips and has provided assistance with training programs in south-east Asia and the Pacific.
In November 2007, a support group was formed to help anaesthesia education in PNG and in 2008 the College started funding one to two educational visits per year when funding from other sources was not available.
At the Christchurch ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting in May 2010, ANZCA formed the Overseas Aid Committee with the aim of developing and overseeing initiatives to assist with the development of anaesthesia and pain medicine in regional developing countries.
The inaugural members of the committee are Dr Wayne Morriss (chair), Dr Michael Cooper, Dr Roger Goucke, Dr Roni Kreiser, Professor Kate Leslie, Dr Rob McDougall and Dr David Pescod.
Dr Michael Cooper was appointed chair in May 2012. The committee is well represented by several members on the Overseas Development and Education Committee of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.
ANZCA overseas aid activities
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Overseas Aid Trainee Scholarship 2013
The Overseas Aid Trainee Scholarship will support a final year ANZCA trainee to accompany a visiting team and thereby improve his/her knowledge and understanding of the challenges of providing anaesthesia and/or pain medicine in the developing world. Applications closed, check back soon for 2014 applications.
For further information or to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANZCA International Scholarship 2014
The ANZCA International Scholarship supports a consultant anaesthetist from a developing country to work in a hospital in Australia or New Zealand for up to a year. The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists invites suitable applicants to apply for the ANZCA International Scholarship. Applications close Monday June 10.
For further information about the scholarship, please email email@example.com.
Essential Pain Management
The Essential Pain Management (EPM) course has been developed to improve pain management worldwide by working with health workers at a local level to:
- Improve pain knowledge.
- Provide a simple framework for managing pain.
- Address pain management barriers.
For further information, please click here.
How to get involved?
Fellows of ANZCA and the Faculty of Pain Medicine develop and contribute to variety of anaesthesia and pain medicine programs across the Pacific, Asia and Africa.
For further information, please contact Paul Cargill, Policy Officer, Community Development ANZCA, on +61 3 9510 6299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lifebox initiative is a not-for-profit push to save lives in developing countries by providing a simple, essential device - oxygen monitors (also known as pulse oximeters).
You may donate to Lifebox through the Lifebox website http://www.lifebox.org/. Please note contributions are not tax-deductible in Australia and New Zealand.