ANZCA is responsible for the training, examination and specialist accreditation of anaesthetists and pain medicine specialists in Australia and New Zealand.
In any given year there are about 2000 trainees undergoing training accredited by ANZCA in Australia and New Zealand. The College also offers its training program in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Anaesthetists spend at least seven years in postgraduate training. This includes two years of prevocational experience and five years in specialist anaesthesia training after graduating from medical school.
ANZCA will introduce a revised curriculum at the start of the 2013 hospital employment year. New trainees will follow the 2013 training program and many current trainees will transition across to the revised program. Trainees nearing the end of training and trainees in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong will follow the 2004 training program to completion. A comprehensive transition process is underway.
The training required of a specialist anaesthetist before they are awarded the Diploma of Fellowship of ANZCA is detailed in College regulations. Regulation 14 and regulation 15 cover the 2004 program while regulation 37 (which is in development) covers the 2013 program. The College is also developing a training and accreditation handbook for the 2013 program.
Information about the revised curriculum is relevant only to Australian and New Zealand Fellows and trainees.
For further information about the ANZCA training programs, click on the links below.