Quality and Safety portfolios
The Quality and Safety Committee is made up of six portfolios. The committee provides reviews and comments on draft documentation from a variety of organisations and collaborates on projects, including WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives, Parenteral Medicines and the Fluid and Lines Labelling Project.
The ANZCA Mortality Subcommittee developed as a collaboration between the chairs of established anaesthetic mortality committees in Australian states under the auspices of ANZCA. The group includes the chairs of all established anaesthetic mortality committees in the region, as well representatives of regions whose committees are in the planning or establishment phase, as well as other ANZCA representatives.
The group meets at least once a year and reports to the ANZCA Quality and Safety Committee. The group collaborates with the ANZCA Quality and Safety Committee in the continued promotion and improvement of anaesthetic safety in Australia and New Zealand and publishes triennial reports on anaesthetic mortality in Australia.
The Communication/Liaison portfolio is managed by a member of the Quality and Safety Committee. This portfolio is responsible for organisation of content in the quality and safety section of the ANZCA Bulletin and ANZCA E-Newsletter.
The manager of this portfolio also reviews alerts and warnings related to anaesthesia that are sent to the College, including alerts about related medical devices. These alerts and warnings come from sources such as Fellows of ANZCA and other colleges, manufacturers and health organisations. To send an alert to the Quality and Safety Committee please email
The Editorial Advisory Body was established in March 2009. The body has been sanctioned by ANZCA Council and is under the aegis of the Quality and Safety Committee. The body’s coordinator is the Communication/Liaison portfolio manager for the Quality and Safety Committee.
The purpose of the Editorial Advisory Body is to provide input into articles for publication in the ANZCA Bulletin, ANZCA E-Newsletter and quality and safety section of the ANZCA website, and to identify and encourage members in their state or country to submit items, articles and alerts.
The Clinical Indicators portfolio has two members of the Quality and Safety Committee who are involved in the review of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, Anaesthesia Clinical Standards.
The Evidence-Based Medicine portfolio is involved in the development and review of the College’s professional documents in line with A01 Policy for the Development and Review of Professional Documents, which are related to quality and safety. This can involve leading the development of new professional documents.
The Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee (ANZTADC) is a jointly funded endeavour by ANZCA, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists.
Its mission is to improve the safety and quality of anaesthesia for patients in Australia and New Zealand by providing an enduring capability to capture, analyse and disseminate information about incidents (de-identified) relative to the safety and quality of anaesthesia in Australia and New Zealand. Progress reports are provided to the Quality and Safety Committee and published in the ANZCA Bulletin.
The Legal Matters portfolio advises the Quality and Safety Committee on legal issues, including but not limited to memorandum of agreements, legislative framework and review of legislation.
Anaesthetic Allergy Subcomittee
The Anaesthetic Allergy Subcommittee works closely with the Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group (ANZAAG) who are an inter-collegiate group consisting of specialist anaesthetists, immunologists and technical laboratory specialists. The Anaethetic Allergy Subcommittee provides expert advice to the ANZCA Q&S on issues related to peri-operative allergy. For the Terms of Reference and to view members click here.