Inclusion and diversity

We believe that all forms of discrimination are unacceptable, and can negatively impact the health and wellbeing of our trainees, fellows, staff, and the wider community.

Discrimination against individuals or a group including trainees, staff and fellows of the college, causes a negative impact on their mental and physical well-being. We recognise that anyone may have experienced this themselves or may have experienced this within their community.

As the membership organisation for more than 7000 specialist doctors and 1500 specialists-in-training supported by more than 100 staff, we have a responsibility to support those affected through those challenges so they can meet their responsibilities to their patients and the community.

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

What does 'inclusion and diversity' mean?

In short, diversity is the representation of different people and inclusion is ensuring that everyone has equal opportunities.

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

  Education

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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.

Background to this decision

ANZCA Council recognises and acknowledges the diversity of views and beliefs within our community. We oppose discrimination in any form; and support diversity, and the health and well-being of our trainees, members, and staff. Doctors who are suffering stress or depression are less effective in delivering care for their patients.

In the ANZCA Constitution, the objectives of the college include to "advocate on any issue that affects the ability of Members to meet their responsibilities to patients and to the community" (1.1.4), and "provide advice and support to Members to assist them in establishing and maintaining an appropriate work/life balance and to meet effectively the challenges of professional life" (1.1.18).

In 2017, our ANZCA Bullying Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (BDSH) Working Group published Prevent, Protect, Respond, a report on BDSH in healthcare environments. The first line of this report states that “ANZCA considers bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment (BDSH) to be unacceptable behaviours and is committed to ensuring that it is appropriately addressed into the future.”

Our BDSH policy also states: “The college considers bullying, discrimination and harassment unacceptable behaviour that will not be tolerated under any circumstances.”

Beyond discrimination in the workplace, the ANZCA document, Supporting Anaesthetists’ Professionalism and Performance states: “ANZCA considers all forms of bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment to be unacceptable.”

Therefore, after careful consideration, ANZCA Council members, in their positions as leaders of our college, strongly supported the need to represent these values to support marriage equality.

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


 

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Upcoming events

23 November 2024 | Canberra

Save the date for ACT Art of Anaesthesia meeting.

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3 May 2024 - 7 May 2024 | Brisbane

Registration is now open for the 2024 ANZCA ASM and FPM Symposium in Brisbane!

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3 October 2024 - 5 October 2024 | Melbourne

Join us for the Australian ERAS+ Conference & 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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30 April 2024 - 2 May 2024 | Cedar Creek Lodges

The 2024 ELC will be held on 30 April-2 May at Cedar Creek Lodges, Mt Tamborine.

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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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3 May 2024 | Brisbane

Registration is now open!

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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 | Hilton Hotel Sydney

Join us at the Hilton Hotel Sydney for the NSW ACE Winter Meeting 2024.

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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

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2 March 2024 - 3 March 2024 | Hotel Grand Chancellor

Join us for the 2024 Tasmanian annual CME weekend 'Diving off the deep end'.

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1 March 2024 | Tasmanian ANZCA Office

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15 November 2024 - 17 November 2024 | Bunker Bay

2024 WA ACE Country Conference held at the Pullman Resort in Bunker Bay.

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15 November 2024 - 17 November 2024 | Bunker Bay

2024 WA ACE Country Conference held at the Pullman Resort in Bunker Bay.

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19 November 2025 - 22 November 2025 | ICC Sydney

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13 March 2024 | Melbourne

Join us for an evening meeting exploring "Ketamine"

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4 March 2024 | SA ANZCA Regional Office

Join us for an update on SA pain units.

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2 December 2024 - 6 December 2024 | Sydney

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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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15 April 2024 - 8 May 2024 | Various Locations

Practice viva sessions to assist NSW candidates in their primary viva preparation.

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10 June 2024 - 21 June 2024 | Auckland

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3 July 2024 - 5 July 2024 | Wellington Hospital

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22 March 2024 | Brisbane

Case-based discussion series.

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26 February 2024 - 1 March 2024 | ANZCA QLD regional office

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

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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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4 March 2024 | Virtual

A free evening course for Queensland trainees preparing for their final vivas.

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3 June 2024 - 7 June 2024 | ANZCA QLD regional office

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

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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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16 April 2024 - 24 April 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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22 April 2024 - 1 May 2024 | Virtual

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9 September 2024 - 3 October 2024 | Virtual

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

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27 April 2024 - 28 April 2024 | ANZCA QLD regional office

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26 March 2024 | The Lion Hotel, North Adelaide

Join us for the SA "Anaphylaxis update" evening meeting

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7 February 2024 - 4 December 2024 | SA ANZCA Regional Office

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

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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

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