International Academy of Colleges of Anaesthesiologists

ANZCA is a founding member of the International Academy of Colleges of Anaesthesiologists (IACA); a collaboration of five specialist medical colleges with the aim of building a community of anaesthesia practice and creating a forum for the sharing of knowledge and common interests.

The other founding members of the academy are the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the College of Anaesthesiologists Ireland (CAI), the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists (HKCA), and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Background and formation

IACA was officially launched at the 2021 ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne on 30 April 2021, with ANZCA President Dr Vanessa Beavis being appointed the honorary chair.

IACA launch

Aims and objectives

IACA brings together a network of clinicians, researchers and educators committed to promoting the understanding and role of anaesthesia and the work of its fellows, with a vision of learning from each other, sharing knowledge and experiences as well as creating a strong international college community of practice.

ANZCA President and IACA honorary Chair, Dr Vanessa Beavis believes that “the global pandemic has highlighted the pivotal role played by anaesthetists world-wide and that in unprecedented times, the speciality has risen to the occasion providing care, comfort and compassion to patients and drawing strength and support from their colleagues. The IACA will foster and carry this forward.” 

Medical colleges around the world are improving patient safety and quality of care through the delivery and provision of support for high standards in training, education, professional practice and research. While focussed on broad collaboration, the IACA looks to build on the synergies of collective activities already in place:

  • Promoting doctors’ health and wellbeing.
  • Increasing diversity and inclusion.
  • Leadership development.
  • International relations.
  • Environmental sustainability.
  • Global health programs.

Delivering training for the new generation of specialists and collaborating on advances in education is an agreed mutual responsibility along with professional standards and quality and safety.

Read the IACA terms of reference.

Past activities

On December 8, 2021 we were proud to take part in another great IACA event: “Putting Doctors’ Health and Wellbeing Into Practice.”  This webinar was a collaboration of the five colleges and included personal stories, reflection, practical advice and a lively panel discussion with Q&A. 

The recording of the webinar is available here. Please note that you will need to register to view the recording.

We have prepared a resource guide also which includes recommended readings from our speakers and panellists, as well as webpages, apps and links to local support services.
CPD participants are eligible to claim 1 CPD point per hour under “lectures, presentations and online learning” for accessing the webinar and accompanying resources.

We owe a special thanks to our presenters who dedicated their time and expertise in making this event possible:
Chair: Dr Hing-Yu So, Hong Kong
Speakers and Panellists:

  • Prof John Gallagher, Ireland
  • Dr Joanna Sinclair, New Zealand
  • Dr Bruce Powell, Australia
  • Dr Emma Plunkett, United Kingdom
  • Dr Vivian Lau, Hong Kong

As its first activity, the IACA delivered a fully virtual international conference featuring speakers, presenters and delegates from across the world and offering free registration to clinicians from middle and developing countries. The content included personal accounts, successes, problems, public education, vaccination rollouts, lockdowns and much more. Read the post-event report.

Last updated 10:27 17.05.2022