Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

We're commitment to upholding the highest standards in respecting diversity, while actively promoting inclusion and equity wherever and whenever possible.

As a membership organisation for more than 7000 specialist doctors and 1500 specialists-in-training supported by more than 100 staff, we are committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion by our fellows, trainees and specialist international medical graduates in all interactions with patients, colleagues and the community.

We strive to embrace diversity and develop an inclusive, respectful culture that encourages participation across all college activities.  

Find out what we're doing to advocate for - and improve - in all areas of anaesthesia and pain medicine practice.

ANZCA statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion

The college’s development of a statement on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is a significant step in our commitment to creating and supporting a culture of inclusiveness.

ANZCA is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Embracing diverse perspectives and promoting fairness, respect, and equitable access to opportunities enhances our ability to provide high-quality care in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain medicine.

We advocate for an environment that ensures everyone feels safe, valued and protected from bullying, discrimination and harassment. We celebrate the broader perspectives and enriched innovation that diversity brings.

We are dedicated to building a more inclusive and equitable culture for our workforce and the patients and communities we serve.
 

This statement is supported by the ANZCA Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) background paper.
 
It brings together the broad range of policies, activities and initiatives already taking place at the college under one banner, thereby ensuring future activities are aligned with college strategic priorities and governance structures.

In recognition of our diverse workforce we continue to support work throughout the college in areas of Indigenous health, gender equity, reconciliation, cultural safety, population health and much more. Our goal is for our fellowship to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

Our workforce consists of trainees, fellows and specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) and we recognise that within these cohorts, are a wide range of people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

The college has a number of initiatives supporting and promoting diversity and inclusion such as;

Conferences, meeting and events

  • A code of conduct for all ANZCA meetings
  • Promotion of gender equity in speaker and panellist numbers 
  • Provision of culturally diverse catering options 
  • Childcare and feeding facilities are available at the Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Feeding facilities at ANZCA House and at the regional offices upon request

Board representation

  • A diversity assessment matrix to ensure there is a broad and diverse representation on committees

Recognition of changing life circumstances

  Support for Indigenous trainees and fellows

  • Financial support is provided to Indigenous anaesthesia and pain medicine trainees wishing to participate in the ANZCA primary and final exam preparation courses
  • Two new Indigneous fellows are nominated to attend the Emerging Leaders Conference each year
  • Indigenous medical students and pre-vocational doctors with an interest in anaesthesia or pain medicine are invited to apply for a number of financially supported places at the ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting

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Gender equity

Gender equity has ethical, social, and economic benefits to our fellows, trainees, specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs), and the broader community.
 
In March 2019, through the work of the Gender Equity Working Group (now Gender Equiry Sub-Committee), we released the Gender Equity Position Statement which states our commitment to advocate for gender equity.

We are pleased to release our second task-oriented action plan to be delivered over the coming three years.

The action plan aligns with the five key focus areas identified in the position statement, and the ANZCA Strategic Plan (2023-2025).  Want to find out more on what we're doing check out the dedicated gender equity webpage.

Supporting marriage equality

In 2017, ANZCA joined other medical colleges to support marriage equality in Australia by releasing the following statement:

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) considers all forms of discrimination unacceptable, with the potential to negatively impact on the health and well-being of our trainees, fellows, staff, and the wider community. To this end, the ANZCA Council collectively supports marriage equality and urges our members, trainees and staff to give serious consideration to the health impact of ongoing discrimination.


This statement is supported by the ANZCA’s Marriage equality statement document.


As of 9 December 2017, marriage equality is protected in law in both Australia and New Zealand.

Advocating for the health and wellbeing of all people

In 2019, the college produced a statement on the role of ANZCA in advocating for the health and wellbeing of all people in relation to the college mission statement are:

  1. Supports access to healthcare as a basic human right.
  2. Opposes all forms of discrimination, given the potential for this to negatively impact on the health and wellbeing of our trainees, fellows, staff, patients and the wider community. 

  3. Endorses the principles that (a) health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity; and (b) the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition. (From the World Health Organization’s constitution preamble – www.who.int/about/who-weare/constitution).

For full details refer to the Statement on the role of ANZCA in advocating for the health and wellbeing of all people.   

Support an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament

In 2023, ANZCA Council and the FPM Board jointly release a statement in support of the “Yes” position for the Voice to Parliament in the upcoming Australian government referendum.

This position also aligns with ANZCA Council's 2019:
  • “Statement on the role of ANZCA in advocating for the health and wellbeing of all people”.  
For full details refer to the ANZCA Council and the FPM Board support an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.

Position statement on the health of people seeking asylum

In 2015, in support of ensuring universal access to safe affordable surgery and anaesthesia,  when needed including adequate pain relief - ANZCA, Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) produced a joint statement that:

  • Access to healthcare including safe surgery, anaesthesia and pain management is a basic human right and should not be compromised for those seeking asylum.

  • The conditions in detention facilities, in onshore, offshore and regional processing centres should not compromise the mental and physical health of asylum seekers.

  • Long-term, severe negative health outcomes can result from prolonged detention and uncertainty.

  • Detaining children can have profound detrimental impacts on the health and development of this already highly vulnerable group.

This statement is supported by the ANZCA’s Position statement on the health of people seeking asylum.

Gender equity

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Upcoming events

23 November 2024 | Canberra

Save the date for ACT Art of Anaesthesia meeting.

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3 October 2024 - 5 October 2024 | RACV City Club Melbourne

Join us for the Australian ERAS+ Conference and 2024 World Congress of Prehabilitation and...

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19 October 2024 - 20 October 2024 | Adelaide

Join us in Adelaide to explore the theme of 'reaching new heights'.

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20 September 2024 - 22 September 2024 | Sydney

Save the date for the 2024 Combined SIG meeting that will be held on 20-22 September 2024 at...

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18 October 2024 - 20 October 2024 | Auckland

Save the date for the 2024 FPM Spring Meeting that will be held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland,...

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27 July 2024 - 28 July 2024 | Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Join us for the 2024 Melbourne Winter Anaesthetic Meeting at the Sofitel on Collins

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9 November 2024 - 10 November 2024 | Hunter Valley

Join us in the Hunter Valley for the NSW ACE Spring Meeting 2024.

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15 June 2024 | Sydney

Join us at the Hilton Hotel Sydney for the NSW ACE winter meeting 2024.

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22 November 2024 - 24 November 2024 | Melbourne

Save the date for the 2024 Perioperative Medicine SIG meeting to be held at the Sofitel Melbourne...

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16 August 2024 - 18 August 2024 | Uluru

Save the date for the 2024 Rural SIG meeting to be held at the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru...

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30 July 2024 - 3 August 2024 | Thredbo Alpine Hotel

The 2024 Scan and Ski Workshop has unfortunately been cancelled.

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15 November 2024 - 17 November 2024 | Bunker Bay

Contemplation – Learning from experience in obstetrics.

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27 May 2024 | Osborne Park

2024 WA ACE Lecture Series will be held once per month in the ANZCA WA Office. This series...

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19 November 2025 - 22 November 2025 | ICC Sydney

Join us in Sydney for the 2025 Tri-Society Cardiac & Thoracic Symposium (3SCTS) in collaboration...

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6 June 2024 - 7 June 2024 | Melbourne

Enhance your educational impact and amplify your teaching skills with the ANZCA Educators Program...

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11 September 2024 - 12 September 2024 | Perth

The AEP aims to equip clinicians with the skills and knowledge to enable effective learning.

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22 July 2024 - 23 July 2024 | Online

The AEP aims to equip clinicians with the skills and knowledge to enable effective learning.

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11 November 2024 - 12 November 2024 | Online

The AEP aims to equip clinicians with the skills and knowledge to enable effective learning.

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2 December 2024 - 6 December 2024 | Sydney

This full-time, five day intensive course covers many of the core curriculum topics that could be...

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29 April 2024 - 22 May 2024 | Various hospitals

Viva practice night to assist trainees in their final viva exam preparation.

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10 June 2024 - 21 June 2024 | Auckland

This two week course covers many of the core curriculum topics that could be included in the...

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3 July 2024 - 5 July 2024 | Wellington Hospital

This three day course covers many of the core curriculum topics that could be included in the...

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15 July 2024 - 19 July 2024 | ANZCA QLD regional office

This full-time, five day intensive course covers many of the core curriculum topics that could be...

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30 April 2024 - 22 May 2024 | ANZCA QLD regional office

Two free mock viva sessions designed to help trainees prepare for the ANZCA final exam

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23 May 2024 | Virtual

Free mock viva session designed to help trainees prepare for the ANZCA final viva examination.

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3 June 2024 - 7 June 2024 | Brisbane

The course is full and we are not currently taking any further registrations.

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18 November 2024 - 22 November 2024 | ANZCA QLD regional office

This full-time, five day intensive course covers many of the core curriculum topics that could be...

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24 February 2024 - 15 June 2024 | ANZCA QLD regional office

Interactive long course held over five Saturdays covering important topics of the primary...

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13 July 2024 - 9 November 2024 | ANZCA QLD regional office

Interactive long course held over five Saturdays covering important topics of the primary...

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11 September 2024 - 1 October 2024 | ANZCA QLD regional office

A series of two free mock viva sessions designed to help trainees prepare for the ANZCA primary...

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9 September 2024 - 3 October 2024 | Virtual

A series of evening mock viva sessions designed to help trainees prepare for the ANZCA primary...

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5 October 2024 - 6 October 2024 | ANZCA QLD regional office

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19 June 2024 | North Adelaide

Join us for the June SA ACE Meeting

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20 January 2025 - 24 January 2025 | North Adelaide

This full-time, five day intensive course covers many of the core curriculum topics that could be...

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7 February 2024 - 4 December 2024 | North Adelaide

For SA/NT trainees preparing for the primary exam.

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9 February 2024 - 22 November 2024 | Online (Zoom)

For SA/NT trainees preparing for the final exam.

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22 July 2024 | ANZCA House & via Zoom

A comprehensive one-day course covering the anatomy knowledge required to pass the ANZCA final...

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15 July 2024 - 19 July 2024 | ANZCA House & via Zoom

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18 November 2024 - 29 November 2024 | ANZCA House & via Zoom

This full-time, ten day long intensive course covers many of the core curriculum topics that...

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20 May 2024 - 31 May 2024 | ANZCA House & via Zoom

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1 January 2024 - 31 December 2024 | Various Perth locations

This course for WA-based advanced trainees covers many of the core curriculum topics that could...

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1 January 2024 - 31 December 2024 | Various Perth locations

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