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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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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Upcoming events and courses

2021 Northern Territory ACE Conference

5 June 2021 | Darwin, NT

The theme of this year's biennial meeting is "Clever Clever in the Never Never: Improving...

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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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ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting

27 April 2021 - 4 May 2021 | Online

Register now for our first ever virtual ASM.

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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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Final exam refresher course (Auckland)

14 June 2021 - 25 June 2021 | Auckland

This fortnight-long intensive course covers many of the core curriculum topics that could be...

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NSW ACE Anatomy Workshop

27 November 2021 | Sydney, NSW

Save the date for the NSW ACE Anatomy Workshop to be held at the University of Sydney.

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NSW ACE Spring Meeting

20 November 2021 - 21 November 2021 | Leura, Blue Mountains

Save the date for the NSW ACE Spring Meeting

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NSW ACE Winter Meeting

19 June 2021 | Sydney, NSW

Save the date for the NSW ACE Winter Meeting to be held at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney

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NSW final exam refresher course

6 December 2021 - 10 December 2021 | Northside Conference Centre

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

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NSW final practice viva

5 May 2021 - 19 May 2021 | Various locations

Free practice viva sessions to assist trainees in preparing for the ANZCA final viva exam.

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NSW Introduction to Anaesthesia

13 November 2021 | Venue TBC

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

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NSW primary exam refresher course

5 July 2021 - 9 July 2021 | Northside Conference Centre

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

29 November 2021 - 3 December 2021 | Northside Conference Centre

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

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NSW primary practice viva

20 April 2021 - 29 April 2021 | Various locations

Free practice viva sessions to assist trainees in preparing for the ANZCA primary viva exam.

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Queensland ACE meeting

23 July 2021 - 25 July 2021 | BCEC, Brisbane

Save the date for the Conjoint ASA NSC and QLD ACE meeting to be held in Brisbane on 23-25 July...

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Queensland final exam refresher course

26 July 2021 - 30 July 2021 | 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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Queensland final practice viva

20 April 2021 - 19 May 2021 | ANZCA QLD regional office

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

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Queensland final practice viva

5 October 2021 - 8 October 2021 | ANZCA QLD regional office

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

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Queensland primary exam refresher course

31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021 | 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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Queensland primary lecture program, series 1

20 February 2021 - 19 June 2021 | Brisbane, Queensland

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

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Queensland primary lecture program, series 2

17 July 2021 - 13 November 2021 | Brisbane, Queensland

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

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Queensland primary practice viva

2 September 2021 - 8 September 2021 | 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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Queensland primary viva weekend course

2 October 2021 - 3 October 2021 | ANZCA QLD regional office

This intensive course consists of continuous practice vivas to help trainees prepare for the...

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SA ACE meeting "Malignant Hyperthermia"

21 July 2021 | The Lion Hotel, North Adelaide

Save the date for the SA ACE meeting "Malignant Hyperthermia"

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SA Burnell-Jose ACE Conference

4 September 2021 | Mount Lofty House

Join us in the stunning Adelaide Hills for the 2021 SA Burnell-Jose Conference.

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SA primary exam refresher course

28 June 2021 - 2 July 2021 | 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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Victoria final anatomy course

26 July 2021 | ANZCA House

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

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Victoria final exam refresher course

19 July 2021 - 23 July 2021 | ANZCA House

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

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Victoria final practice viva

5 May 2021 - 17 May 2021 | Various locations

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

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Victoria final practice viva

4 October 2021 - 13 October 2021 | Various locations

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

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Victoria primary exam refresher course

15 November 2021 - 26 November 2021 | ANZCA House

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

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Victoria primary exam refresher course

17 May 2021 - 28 May 2021 | ANZCA House

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

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Victoria primary practice viva

6 September 2021 - 15 September 2021 | Various locations

A series of four free practice viva sessions to assist trainees in preparing for the ANZCA...

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Victoria primary practice viva

19 April 2021 - 3 May 2021 | Various locations

A series of four free practice viva sessions to assist trainees in preparing for the ANZCA...

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Victorian Registrars' Scientific Meeting

12 November 2021 | ANZCA House

Victorian trainees are invited to submit an abstract to present at the Victorian Registrars...

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WA ACE Country Conference meeting

29 October 2021 - 31 October 2021 | Bunker Bay, WA

Save the date for the WA ACE Country Conference meeting to be held at the Pullman Resort, Bunker...

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Admission to ANZCA fellowship

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Anaesthesia training sites and rotations

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Anaesthetic incident reporting

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ANZCA and FPM CPD Program

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ANZCA Clinical Trials Network

We are the leading clinical trials network in anaesthesia, pain and perioperative medicine. We h...

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ANZCA Doctors' Support Program

As part of our ongoing support for our fellows, trainees and specialist international medical gra...

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ANZCA Educators Program

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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

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

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Final exam preparation courses (formerl...

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 (formerl...

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

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

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History and Heritage Grant

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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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Professional documents

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

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Professional Practice Research Network

This subcommittee of the ANZCA Research Committee promotes research in the professional practice ...

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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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20 Dec 2019

Specialist Training Program

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

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26 Nov 2020

SQUEEZE study underway

Trainee-led international research into postoperative vasopressor infusion use.

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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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Vacancy on Provisional Fellowship Progr...

Interested in joining our Provisional Fellowship Program Subcommittee (PFPSC)?

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Last updated 16:23 24.11.2020