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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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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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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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

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

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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Upcoming events and courses

2020 Perioperative Medicine SIG virtual meeting

10 October 2020 | Virtual meeting

The theme of our first virtual meeting is “All About The Team”

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2021 ANZCA ASM

30 April 2021 - 4 May 2021 | Melbourne

Join us for the 2021 ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Melbourne to see how we -and our...

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2021 ANZCA NZNC Cultural Safety & Leadership Hui

26 February 2021 - 28 February 2021 | Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Join us for the ANZCA New Zealand National Committee (NZNC) Hui on leadership, cultural safety...

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2021 Scan and Ski workshop

22 July 2021 - 24 July 2021 | Thredbo, NSW

Join us at the 2021 Scan and Ski Workshop "Regional ultrasound scanning workshop for peripheral...

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2021 Tasmanian Winter Meeting

21 August 2021 | Barnbougle, Tasmania

Join us for the 2021 Tasmanian Winter Meeting in Barnbougle, Tasmania.

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CTN Strategic Research Workshop

5 August 2021 - 8 August 2021 | Brisbane

Join us for the 2021 ANZCA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Strategic Research Workshop

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Introduction to Anaesthesia NSW

14 November 2020 | Sydney, NSW

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

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National Anaesthesia Day 2020

16 October 2020 | Anaesthesia departments

Our annual celebration of the anniversary of the first demonstration of ether anaesthetic.

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New Zealand primary exam refresher course

14 February 2021 - 19 February 2021 | Christchurch, NZ

A six-day course (formerly called revision course) for ANZCA trainees preparing for the primary...

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NSW final exam refresher course

7 December 2020 - 11 December 2020 | Sydney, NSW

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

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NSW Primary exam refresher course

30 November 2020 - 4 December 2020 | NSW

A five-day course (formerly called the part 1) for ANZCA trainees preparing for the primary exams.

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NSW primary exam refresher course

30 November 2020 - 4 December 2020 | Sydney, NSW

A five-day course (formerly called the part 1) for ANZCA trainees preparing for the primary exams.

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Queensland primary viva weekend course

3 October 2020 - 4 October 2020 | Brisbane, Queensland

A choice of two one-day courses of continuous viva practice sessions to help you prepare for the...

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Victoria primary exam refresher course

16 November 2020 - 27 November 2020 | Melbourne, Vic

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

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Anaesthetic incident reporting

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ANZCA Council

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Conditions of entry for exams

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Courses and resources

Access our calendar of clinical teaching courses; Networks; and the Training Resource Hub

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CPD emergency response category

Important information for anyone providing or participating in emergency response activities, cou...

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CPD program requirements

Find descriptions for each CPD activity, various participant and practice types, and participatio...

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Doctors’ health advisory services

We have developed a directory of doctors' health advisory services and helplines in Australia and...

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Dr Ray Hader Award for Pastoral Care

Named after Dr Ray Hader, a Victorian ANZCA trainee who died of an accidental drug overdose in 19...

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Emerging Leaders Conference

Are you interested in strengthening your leadership skills? Do you see yourself as a future leade...

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23 Jan 2020

FAQs about the anaesthesia training pro...

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

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Final exam preparation courses

We strongly encourage all trainees preparing for the ANZCA final exam to take advantage of the re...

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Final exam preparation courses

We strongly encourage all trainees preparing for the ANZCA final exam to take advantage of the re...

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Frequently asked questions

We've collated answers to frequently asked questions from CPD participants. These include the ess...

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Governance and guidance

Meet the agencies, groups, and individuals involved in steering the development of a perioperativ...

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History and Heritage Grant

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History and Heritage Grant

This annual grant program provides up to $A5000 to fellows and trainees involved in the research ...

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Introduction to anaesthesia course

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

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Introduction to anaesthesia course

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

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Join the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program

You don't need to be a FANZCA or FFPMANZCA to join our world-class online CPD program. If you're...

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Named ANZCA research awards

Each year a number of honorary named awards are made at the discretion of the ANZCA Research Comm...

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Novice investigator grants

We're helping to secure the future of research in anaesthesia, pain, and perioperative medicine b...

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Perioperative medicine literature review

Reviewing recent peer-reviewed and grey literature will help us to identify the most effective pe...

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Perioperative medicine survey

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Primary exam preparation courses

We offer a range of activities around Australia and New Zealand specially designed to help traine...

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Primary exam preparation courses

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Professional documents

Our professional documents, statements and guidelines are crucial for promoting the safety and qu...

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Project and simulation/education grants

Each year, we fund a wide range of projects in the field of basic scientific research, clinical i...

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Specialist international medical graduates

If you trained as an anaesthetist (anaesthesiologist) or specialist pain medicine physician overs...

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Specialist Training Program

This Australian government initiative aims to extend vocational training for specialist registrar...

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Trainee Academic Prize

Awarded to the ANZCA trainee (or fellow, within one year of fellowship) who is judged to have mad...

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Training as an anaesthetist

Your guide to training as a specialist anaesthetist in Australia or New Zealand, including the cr...

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What is perioperative medicine?

Perioperative medicine emphasises the importance of an integrated, planned, and personalised appr...

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Where do we fit in?

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Last updated 12:12 16.09.2020