SIMG clinical practice assessment period

The clinical practice assessment (CPA) period is the period of clinical practice an SIMG must complete during their individual program. 

Assessment criteria

If you've been assessed for anaesthesia your CPA period must be in clinical anaesthesia; time spent in other specialities will not be considered. If you've been assessed for pain medicine, your CPA period must be in pain medicine; time spent in other specialities will not be considered.


Before commencing the CPA period, you must submit an application for approval of a position and supervisors agreement for review. We will send the outcome of this review to:

  • You (the applicant)
  • Your supervisor, and;
  • (In Australia only), to AHPRA.

In Australia, we will only accept applications for approval of a position in the prescribed format. In New Zealand position descriptions submitted to the MCNZ may be considered. If you fail to submit this application before starting the position, we may not count any time prior to application towards your CPA period.

CPA positions must be at least 0.5 full-time equivalent in clinical anaesthesia/pain medicine.

If at any point during your employment you wish to change an aspect of your position (for example, changes to the start or end dates of the position, move to part-time hours), you must submit this form.

If at any point during your individual program you move positions you should first submit a new application for approval of a position to the college for review.


You must have an approved supervisor for your entire CPA period. The nominated supervisor will be reviewed for suitability during the review of the position description.

If your supervisor changes during your position you should submit a new supervisor’s agreement and an application for vaiation to a position description (PD) form for review by the college.

In order to be eligible to be an SIMG supervisor the FANZCA/FFPMANZCA must comply in Australia with the MBA guidelines, and in New Zealand with the MCNZ guidelines.


Once we've approved a CPA position, the nominated supervisor must submit a CPA report every three months. We will accept ANZCA CPA reports for either anaesthesia or pain medicine  or MCNZ supervisor reports. CPA report should be submitted within three months of the end date of the report. Failure to do so may result in that period of CPA not being counted towards your requirements.

You must continue to submit three-monthly CPA reports until all requirements of your individual program are complete. Failure to do so will delay the completion of your SIMG process.

Any CPA report that is submitted prospectively will not be considered unless prior written consent to submit a prospective CPA report has been granted.

Retrospective CPA

If you've been working in clinical anaesthesia/pain medicine before attending your SIMG interview there may be scope to count up to six months retrospective CPA. In order for retrospective CPA to be considered you must be employed in the position at the time of interview.

Reduction of CPA

The CPA period may be reduced if you have previously worked in the Australian or New Zealand health care system for 12 months FTE or greater. Such requests should be submitted using this form and will be considered by the SIMG Committee at their next meeting.

Last updated 16:34 25.09.2020