ANZCA's professional documents are crucial for promoting the safety and quality of patient care for those undergoing anaesthesia for surgical and other procedures.
The professional documents provide guidance to the College’s trainees and Fellows on standards of anaesthetic practice, define the College’s policies, and serve other purposes that the College deems appropriate. Professional documents are also referred to by government and other bodies, particularly with regard to accreditation of healthcare facilities.
The professional documents are regularly reviewed and amended in accordance with changes in knowledge, practice and technology. A01 Policy for the Development and Review of Professional Documents guides this process. For further information or feedback about the professional documents, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current ANZCA professional documents are available below. Faculty of Pain Medicine professional documents can be accessed here.
The following professional documents have recently been approved following close of pilot review:
- PS27 Guidelines for Major Extracorporeal Perfusion – the amendments focus on clarification of perfusion training and CPD requirements.
- PS28 Guidelines on Infection Control in Anaesthesia – amendments include:
- an updated reference AS/NZS 4187:2014 Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organizations;
- addition under 4.1 of reference to maintaining normothermia and restrictive blood transfusion strategies;
- handling of surface probes for ultrasound under 4.2
- specific recommendations for vascular access ports, and ultrasound guided regional blocks under 4.3; and
- wiping of external surfaces including vials and rubber stoppers.
- PS59 Statement on Roles in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care – only very minor amendments were made.
All ANZCA professional documents can be downloaded in one zip file. Please scroll down to access this feature.
Code of professional conduct
The Code of Professional Conduct provides guidelines for the professional behaviour expected of Fellows. The code complements the College’s professional documents and emphasises that Fellows have a responsibility to honour these documents and contribute to their ongoing development and revision.
Supporting Anaesthetists' Professionalism and Performance: A guide for clinicians (**PILOT**)
Supporting Anaesthetists' Professionalism and Performance: A guide for clinicians provides a framework for understanding professionalism and performance as it applies to the practice of anaesthesia. The document is currently being piloted for a period of 12 months closing April 2016. Feedback can be provided for consideration by the document development group by clicking here.
here. These three documents are relevant to Australian and New Zealand Fellows, trainees and facilities from the start of the 2013 hospital employment year and incorporate aspects of the training and educational professional documents.
The ANZCA Handbook for Training and Accreditation in the Affiliated Training Regions and the complementary regulation 38 are available here. These documents are relevant to Fellows, trainees and facilities in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore from the start of the 2013 hospital employment year and incorporate aspects of the training and educational professional documents.
The majority of the training and educational professional documents have been withdrawn. The following continue to apply on a limited basis, as noted at the outset of each document:
- TE02 Policy on Vocational Training Modules and Module Supervision
- TE08 Guidelines for the Learning Portfolio for Trainees in Anaesthesia
- TE11 Policy on the Formal Project
- TE13 Guidelines for the Provisional Fellowship Program
- A01 Policy for the Development and Review of Professional Documents
- A02 Policy on Endorsement of Externally Developed Guidelines
- WPI 14 Joint RANZCOG/ANZCA Position Statement on the Provision of Obstetric Anaesthesia and Analgesia Services
Download all ANZCA professional documents in one zip file here (last updated June 1 2015).