Contributing to your specialty

Taking part in our educational, advocacy, research and leadership activities enables fellows to play an active role in shaping the future of our professions. Find out how you can get involved.

Our college is only as strong as its members. Much of our work is undertaken by members on a volunteer basis. There are many ways in which fellows can contribute such as taking on training or examination roles, lecturing, facilitating educational activities, joining one of the various committees or joining a special interest group.

We welcome and provide support for such contributors, as we work together for a safe and highly skilled specialty.

Apply for a committee role

Nominating yourself for a role on a committee is a great way to build your experience and profile as a leader, along with enhancing your knowledge and skills in areas of particular interest. Committees provide specialist advice and guidance to the ANZCA Council or FPM Board on everything from safety and quality to education, overseas aid, Indigenous health, gender equity, research and risk management. To peruse the full list of ANZCA and FPM committees see here. If you have any queries regarding applying for a committee role contact Membership services.

Join a special interest group

ANZCA manages 14 of the 17 special interest groups (SIGs) jointly overseen by Anaesthesia Continuing Education – a tripartite alliance comprising ANZCA, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA). These cover nearly every aspect of anaesthesia from airway management to the welfare of anaesthetists.

Because SIG membership is open to medical professionals from all specialities, they’re the perfect forum for meeting like-minded individuals; expanding your contacts and networks; and contributing to cross-discipline collaboration.

Share your expertise

We’re always on the lookout for subject matter experts to advise us on our submissions, review our professional documents, and speak at our scientific meetings. It isn’t just limited to clinical expertise. Things like legal, cultural and technical knowledge are also extremely useful.

Write a clinical audit sample

Since relaunching the continuing professional development (CPD) program in 2014 the ANZCA and FPM CPD Committee have published 14 clinical audit samples for participants to use as part of their practice evaluation category.

The CPD committee wishes to extend an invitation to all CPD participants to contribute to this valuable resource by becoming an author of a new clinical audit sample. Guidance is available from members of the committee, and assistance is avalable from the CPD team with the final formatting of the clinical audit guide, data collection form and summary of results forms. If you are interested in writing a clinical audit sample please contact the CPD team.

Share your stories

Our award-winning Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History is home to one of the largest and most diverse collections of its type in the world. It offers our fellows an unparalleled opportunity to help advance our understanding of how anaesthesia and pain medicine has evolved.

We're also developing an extensive library of oral histories – a precious video record of interviews with fellows who have helped to shape anaesthesia and analgesia in Australia and New Zealand in the past 50 years.

If you have an interest in medical history and heritage, we’d really like to hear from you.

Be a community champion

National Anaesthesia Day 

Each year on 16 October we celebrate ANZCA National Anaesthesia Day, the anniversary of the day in 1846 that ether anaesthetic was first demonstrated in Boston, Massachusetts.

The aim is to raise awareness of the role anaesthetists play in patients’ preparation for surgery; their wellbeing during the operation; and their recovery afterwards.

There are dozens of ways you can get involved, from putting up posters and sharing our campaign through your social networks to organising a foyer display.

Please contact our Communications team if you are interested in being your hospital or practice champion.

Global Year Against Pain

Each year, we partner with pain organisations across Australia and New Zealand to support the International Association for the Study of Pain's Global Year initiative. 

Share our content via social media

ANZCA and FPM are active on social media platforms including:


We encourage you to follow us on these platforms, one of our many communications platforms.

Support equity and diversity

The college celebrates and promotes diversity in all areas. A gender equity position statement has been released which states our commitment to advocate for gender equity and we and we encourage all members to consider how they can support gender equity within their own work environment. Visit our gender equity page for more information.

Convene a CME meeting

The college supports continuing medical education by facilitating a wide range of conferences and events. Have you considered convening of a meeting? Learn more through our New Zealand and Australian regional committees and special interest groups on how to expand your skills in co-ordination and collaboration.

Supporting the next generation

We’re committed to giving our trainees the support and encouragement they need to succeed. But we can’t do it without you. So if you think you have what it takes to support and make a real difference the next generation, we’d really welcome your help.

Here are just some of the teaching opportunities available to fellows:

Supervisors of training are responsible for training within an ANZCA-accredited training site. They oversee trainee performance and progression.

Rotational supervisors are responsible for co-ordinating the rotation of ANZCA trainees at various training sites within an accredited rotation. They ensure trainees are appropriately allocated to clinical placements to help trainees fulfil the training requirements. 

Education officers are responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating training within an Australian region or New Zealand. They have a sound understanding of the training program and provide advice and guidance to supervisors and trainees.

Workplace based assessment (WBA) assessors are responsible for observing the trainee at work and providing structured, constructive feedback to the trainee about their performance. All fellows and provisional fellows of the college can complete workplace-based assessments with trainees as a WBA assessor.

Workplace-based Assessment Lead is a formal role appointed officially by the college to lead the delivery of WBA education to supervisors, fellows and trainees within their hospital and local region. They would be advocates for WBAs as workplace learning tools and help their colleagues and peers to better understand WBA philosophy, process and college resources to utilise WBAs as tools for learning. 
 
For full details see the  ANZCA Handbook for Training.

Become an ANZCA examiner

If you are interested in becoming an ANZCA examiner, please email the relevant exam team for an information pack.

Upcoming events and courses

Our events and courses are a great way of meeting your CPD requirements.

ANZCA Educators Program (Perth)

18 November 2020 - 19 November 2020 | Perth

This is a two-day event open to fellows, specialist international medical graduates, provisional...

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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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FPM Supervisor of Training Workshop on Formulation

19 November 2020 | Via Zoom

A free Supervisor of Training Workshop for FPM SoTs focusing on formulation in pain medicine.

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Last updated 16:03 3.09.2020