Anaesthesia training program

Before doctors can apply for the ANZCA anaesthesia training program, they must have completed two years of general hospital experience after graduation from medical school. 

This can include up to 12 months in anaesthesia or intensive care but the aim is to ensure a grounding in general medicine and in disciplines other than anaesthesia.

Our trainees complete at least five years of training and are supervised by a network of qualified anaesthetists at accredited hospitals throughout Australia and New Zealand. The program is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). ​

As of 31 December 2019 more than 1600 qualified medical practitioners are participating in our anaesthesia training program across Australia (1320), New Zealand (265).

Training as an anaesthetist

Your guide to training as a specialist anaesthetist in Australia or New Zealand, including the criteria, application process and cost.

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Anaesthesia trainee toolkit

Access all the resources, documents, and forms you need to meet your training requirements at the click of a button.

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Anaesthesia exams

In order to qualify as a specialist anaesthetist and become eligible for ANZCA fellowship, trainees need to successfully complete two exams. Each exam consists of a written and viva (oral and medical clinical) components. Some specialist international medical graduates will need to sit the final...

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COVID-19 - information for trainees

We encourage all ANZCA trainees to refer to this list of potential impacts to education and training as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, first published on 24 March 2020.

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Anaesthesia training sites and rotations

Information on ANZCA-accredited anaesthesia training sites, rotations, supervisors, education officers; how to become a training site accreditation visitor; and how to apply for ANZCA training site accreditation.

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Progressing to provisional fellowship

In order to progress to provisional fellowship training, you will need to complete the requirements of advanced training and secure a suitable provisional fellowship position.

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Admission to ANZCA fellowship

Once you've met your training requirements, you're eligible to apply for admission to fellowship. Here's everything you need to know about the process, as well as information on registering as a specialist.

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Anaesthesia supervisors of training toolkit

We've collated a range of online resources to support our supervisors of training (SOTs) with the training, assessment, and pastoral care of trainees.

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Introduction to anaesthesia course

We strongly encourage all new trainees to attend this free, one-day orientation course. It covers everything you need to know about training to be a specialist anaesthetist, and it's a great opportunity to meet other registrars in your local training cohort.

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Primary exam preparation courses (formerly Part 1)

We offer a range of activities around Australia and New Zealand specially designed to help trainees prepare for the written and oral components of the ANZCA primary exams. Find out what's available in your area.

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Final exam preparation courses (formerly Part 2)

We strongly encourage all trainees preparing for the ANZCA final exam to take advantage of the refresher courses and mock vivas we run in major centres around Australia and New Zealand.

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FAQs about the anaesthesia training program

This page provides help with the most common questions about our anaesthesia training program.

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Advertised training positions

Looking for a training position? We advertise anaesthesia and pain medicine roles at all levels and across Australia and New Zealand.

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ANZCA national and regional trainee committees

Our national and regional trainee committees act as a voice for trainees on issues relating to education and training in their jurisdictions.

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Training & Exams Resource Hub

This hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and education resources, and includes online access to the Primary Exam Reading List.

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Upcoming events and courses

29 April 2022 - 3 May 2022 | PCEC

Registration is now open! The 2022 Regional Organising Committee (ROC) welcomes you to Perth for...

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4 March 2022 | Virtual meeting

Join us on Friday 4 March, 10am to 2pm AEDT for Part 1 of the CTN Strategic Research Workshop...

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4 August 2022 - 7 August 2022 | Pullman Brisbane King George Square

The 2022 CTN Strategic Research Workshop – part 2 will be held in Brisbane on 4-7 August 2022.

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14 February 2022 | SA ANZCA Regional Office

An update on pain research in South Australia

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17 February 2022 - 19 February 2022 | Wellington

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

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27 June 2022 - 8 July 2022 | Auckland

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

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14 February 2022 - 18 February 2022 | Christchurch

This five day course is designed to assist candidates in their preparation for the ANZCA primary...

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18 July 2022 - 22 July 2022 | 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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28 February 2022 - 4 March 2022 | 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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12 February 2022 | ANZCA QLD regional office

This free one day course is aimed at new trainees about to commence anaesthetic training.

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23 May 2022 - 27 May 2022 | 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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28 November 2022 - 2 December 2022 | 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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19 February 2022 - 18 June 2022 | ANZCA QLD regional office

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

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23 July 2022 - 19 November 2022 | ANZCA QLD regional office

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

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24 September 2022 | Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo

Join us at the Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo for the 2022 SA ACE Conference

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31 January 2022 - 4 February 2022 | ANZCA SA Regional Office

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

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Last updated 16:47 23.12.2021