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Rotations and training sites

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ANZCA accredits approved training sites (hospital departments or health service facilities within the same health centre organisation or complex that are recognised by the College for providing training experience) throughout Australia, New Zealand and ANZCA regions in south-east Asia. ANZCA grants accreditation to provide approved anaesthesia-training sites for ANZCA trainees. Before a department is accredited, it is visited by the College to assess its ability to provide training and supervision of the required standard, and its degree of compliance with ANZCA professional documents. ANZCA’s Training Accreditation Committee oversees the process and makes recommendations based on reviewers’ reports. If you would like to view the handbook for hospital visits click here.


To apply for accreditation please fill in this form and forward to


For training to be approved, it must be undertaken at one or more of these ANZCA-accredited training sites.  All exceptions require the approval of the director of professional affairs (assessor).


A list of ANZCA-approved training sites and their directors of anaesthesia can be obtained by clicking the relevant state or country in the following table. Please email any changes to


Fellows interested in becoming Training Accreditation Committee hospital visitors can express interest by completing and submitting this form to


The College of Intensive Care Medicine core approval ratings for each hospital can be found by clicking here.


ANZCA-approved training sites

Australian Capital Territory
New Zealand
New South Wales Victoria
Hong Kong
Western Australia
South Australia and the Northern Territory

The list of accredited hospitals contains important information including:

  • Maximum duration of anaesthesia training:  Each approved training site is accredited for a maximum period of anaesthesia training, determined in part by its ability to provide exposure to a wide range of anaesthesia services as well as its ability to provide appropriate supervision.  Time spent at any hospital in excess of this maximum duration does not count towards approved training, so it is important to be aware of these limits.
    • NOTE: The maximum training time for which you will be credited at any one training site is 208 weeks (four years).  In other words, total training of all sorts (anaesthesia, intensive care, pain medicine, approved research, etc.) cannot exceed 208 weeks for any one training site.  By way of example, a trainee may obtain 156 weeks (three years) of anaesthesia training at Liverpool Hospital, NSW and a further 52 weeks of intensive care training before meeting the maximum limit for this hospital.
  • Intensive care (core) approval:  The training program requires trainees to obtain 13 weeks of intensive care experience in a facility that has been approved for advanced training in intensive care (regulation  This is termed IC (core) training.  
    • Intensive care training undertaken in units approved only for basic training does not count towards this intensive care (core) requirement, but does count towards meeting approved training totals.
    • The accredited hospital lists identify those hospitals that are accredited by the council for intensive care (core) training and the maximum duration of accreditation – C6, C12 and C24 for six, 12 and 24 months, respectively.
  • Main and other rotations: The rotations in which the hospital participates.

Rotational training schemes

All accredited training sites must be part of an approved rotational scheme. This is a regionally based, rotational arrangement involving a group of approved training sites which together provide trainees with a comprehensive and integrated training experience covering the essential requirements of all ANZCA training. It is the training site’s responsibility to arrange its own inclusion in a rotation, in conjunction with the regional/national committee, rotational supervisors and other relevant parties.

Approval of departments

The College approves departments of anaesthesia as a whole as being suitable for training; it does not approve a particular number of posts. The number of trainees is decided by the hospital.

The criteria for determining duration of accreditation are as follows:

  1. The maximum duration at any one training site in clinical anaesthesia during basic and advanced training is 26 weeks, 52 weeks, 104 weeks or 156 weeks.
  2. Additional time can be spent at a training site in attachments other than clinical anaesthesia, such as intensive care medicine, clinical medicine, emergency medicine, pain medicine, other disciplines related to anaesthesia, or a formal research program, but no more than 208 weeks (four years) may be spent in any one training site in any capacity during the training period (as outlined in regulation 15).
  3. All approved departments in clinical anaesthesia must meet the following criteria:
    • There must be an appropriate department of anaesthesia, quality assurance and educational program.
    • The hospital or training site in which the department is located must meet the College's standards as expressed in the College professional documents and regulations.
  4. The criterion for approval of 26 weeks training is that:
    • The clinical experience required to accrue significant experience towards completion of one or more clinical modules is available.
  5. The criteria for approval of 52 weeks training is that:
    • The clinical experience to complete module 1 and at least one other clinical module if the training site is a general training site, or one clinical module  if the training site is a specialist training site (such as paediatric or obstetric) is available.
  6. The criteria for approval of 104 weeks training is that:
    • The clinical experience to complete modules 1 and 3, and at least two other modules requiring clinical experience is available.
  7. The criteria for approval of 156 weeks training is that:
    • The clinical experience to complete most or all of the modules is available (that is at least seven of the nine clinical modules).
    • Experience adequate to complete the formal project is available.
    • Access to good examination preparation courses is provided.
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