COVID-19 – guidance on anaesthesia training

During the 2020 hospital employment year, we understand that the COVID-19 pandemic had a considerable impact on training activities.  We allowed more flexibility with the completion of some requirements and minimise disruptions to training. These decisions were based on a series of  overarching educational principles that were developed to enable training to continue. As we begin to return to a relatively normal training environment after the COVID-19 pandemic, the potential impacts have reduced and have led to a review of the alternative arrangements.

For any information on the flexible training arrangements that applied in the 2020 HEY, please contact us

You can find the latest updates below. We understand that there will be individual circumstances that arise. Applications for exceptions to the regulation will be considered on an individual basis via the regular processes.
 

ANZCA REQUIREMENT

POTENTIAL RISK

ANZCA POSITION

Trainee wellbeing

Impacts of COVID-19

We provide resources and advice about trainee health and wellbeing. Trainees are also encouraged to direct suggestions to their trainee representatives.

Leave

Unable to do clinical work

Any time spent not spent in training, including self-isolation, quarantine or carer’s leave, should be recorded as leave.

Trainees off work for 13 weeks or more may apply for interrupted training and may be eligible for a pro-rata refund on the annual training fee.

Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises (EMAC) courses

EMAC courses cancelled.

This remains an essential part of training and we encourage all trainees to complete the course within training.
 
A temporary deferral pathway has been approved by ANZCA council up to the end of the 2021 HEY.  Applications can occur within 13 weeks of the anticipated completion date of the provisional fellowship.  Please ensure your TPS is up to date at the time of submitting this request. For further details, please refer to the application form notes.

ANZCA is working with EMAC providers and will assess who is affected by course cancellation and rescheduling.

Scholar role requirement: Regional or greater conferences

Regional or greater events cancelled.

ANZCA will accept local events or webinars hosted by ANZCA or other organisations that may be attended via videoconference.

The total time required is 14 hours. Each conference requirement is seven hours, which can be completed incrementally, and should be recorded as one entry in TPS.


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