Upon completing all requirements of the ANZCA training program, medical practitioners may apply for fellowship of the College. Trainees admitted to fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists shall be entitled to place FANZCA after their names.
Most trainees obtain their fellowship by examination, however there are three ways to become a Fellow. Further details can be found in regulation 6.
- Fellowship by training and examination.
- Fellowship by election (nomination/application).
- Fellowship by assessment (IMGS pathway).
- Honorary fellowship.
Admission to fellowship by training and examination
Trainees who have completed the training and examination requirements described in regulation 6.5 (and summarised below) can apply to the Executive Committee on behalf of ANZCA Council for admission to fellowship.
Applications are first reviewed and endorsed by the director of professional affairs assessor prior to consideration by the Executive Committee. Trainees may submit fellowship applications when all training requirements have been completed (including the formal project). Trainees may submit the final in-training assessment up to four weeks before the anticipated completion date of the final training term provided there is a formal statement from the supervisor of training confirming that the trainee will remain in the post until the stated final date. An email with the subject name "Fellowship" sent to firstname.lastname@example.org is acceptable.
The Executive Committee meets weekly to approve fellowship applications.
Applications cannot be submitted any earlier than four weeks prior to the anticipated date of completion of training requirements as the final documentation cannot validly be signed off by the trainee and supervisor of training. Earlier submissions will not be processed.
Trainees may take leave during those four weeks, but the College should be advised of such leave along with the fellowship application. Total leave during advanced training must remain within the maximum permitted (24 weeks) if advanced training is not to be prolonged beyond 156 weeks.
Please send completed Application for Admission to Fellowship by Training and Examination Form to:
Fellowship Officer, Records Management Unit, ANZCA,
PO Box 6095, St Kilda Road Central VIC 8008, AUSTRALIA.
Trainees must have submitted documented evidence of the completion of each of the various training program components. You can check which documents have been received by the College using the online trainee profile.
Prior to submitting your application for fellowship forms please ensure you have paid all your training fees.
In the course of a five-year training program, trainees must have completed the following:
- Completed basic and advancing training requirements with:
- A minimum of 143 weeks of clinical anaesthesia.
- A minimum of 13 weeks of compulsory (core) intensive-care medicine (regulation 184.108.40.206 ).
- A further 104 weeks in any combination of: (regulation 220.127.116.11 ).
- Clinical anaesthesia.
- Intensive care medicine.
- Neonatal intensive care.
- Pain medicine.
- Clinical medicine.
- Emergency medicine
- A formal research program of at least 26 weeks duration.
- Any other relevant training experience.
- Paid all annual training fees.
- Completed all 12 modules. Please note your formal project must be completed and approved.
- Completed the Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises (EMAC) or Emergency Management of Severe Trauma (EMST) course or equivalent.
Once the ANZCA Executive Committee approves an application, the medical practitioner will receive a letter from the ANZCA president, together with a provisional certificate of fellowship. A diploma will be sent within three months of the date the Executive Committee approves the application.
For Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia, the College will notify Medicare Australia of your new fellowship and role as a specialist anaesthetist. Temporary residents, including New Zealand citizens will need to make a written application to Medicare Australia. The appropriate form is available on Medicare Australia’s website: