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).

Considering a career in anaesthesia?

Anaesthesia is one of the most rewarding and fascinating fields of medicine you can specialise in as a medical graduate.

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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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Supervisors of training support hub

This hub has been designed for educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable support resources.

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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 training

We strongly encourage all new trainees to attend this free, one-day orientation training. 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

5 November 2022 | Medical Science Precinct, Hobart

Join for a single day workshop event, built entirely of ANZCA ER activities

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5 May 2023 - 9 May 2023 | ICC Sydney

Save the date for the 2023 ANZCA ASM which will be held at the International Convention Centre...

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3 May 2023 - 4 May 2023 | ICC Sydney

Save the date to join us for Challenges and Choices in Obstetric Anaesthesia from 3-4 May 2023, a...

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14 November 2022 | SA ANZCA Regional Office

"A complaint has been made about me. What's next?"

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5 December 2022 - 9 December 2022 | Northside Conference Centre

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

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17 October 2022 - 21 October 2022 | Various hospitals

Free practice viva sessions to assist trainees in their final viva preparation.

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4 November 2022 | In-Person and Virtual Course

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

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28 November 2022 - 2 December 2022 | Northside Conference Centre

A week long interactive exam preparation course for NSW trainees sitting the primary written exam

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11 October 2022 - 26 October 2022 | ANZCA QLD regional office

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

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31 October 2022 | Virtual

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

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4 October 2022 | Virtual course

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

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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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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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7 September 2022 - 5 October 2022 | 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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20 September 2022 - 12 October 2022 | Virtual

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

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9 February 2022 - 7 December 2025 | SA ANZCA Regional Office

For SA/NT trainees preparing for the primary exam.

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4 February 2022 - 2 December 2025 | Online (Zoom)

For SA/NT trainees preparing for the final exam.

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14 November 2022 - 25 November 2022 | ANZCA House

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

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Last updated 15:52 24.08.2022