ANZCA Council meeting update

05 November 2021

Read a report of the ANZCA Council meeting held from 22-23 October 2021 via videoconference.

ANZCA Council welcomed chairs of the Qld Regional Committee, Dr Chris Stonell, the NZ National Committee, Dr Sally Ure, the ACT Regional Committee, Dr Natalie Marshall, the Training and Accreditation Committee, Dr Mark Young and  ANZCA Trainee Committee co-chairs Dr Cameron Maxwell and Dr Harsh Dubey.

Dr Lawrence Malisano, Vice-President, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Dr Mary Pinder, President, College of Intensive Care Medicine, Dr Hing-yu So, President Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists attended the council's open session meeting and provided updates from their respective societies.


Council considered and approved the operational budget for 2022, noting its focus on the return to pre-COVID-19 college activities with a significant focus on reinvestment in the college’s fellows, trainees, SIMGs and staff. In particular, the budget aims to:

  • Reconnect people.
  • Position for the future and an increased user experience in relation to a range of our IT systems.
  • Reimagine the financial landscape.

Council also approved the 2022 investment portfolio budget, as well as the Specialist Training Program budget for 2022, acknowledging that income and expenditure is reliant on training placements filled.

Council approved the 2023-2024 budget projection noting that this is an estimate for planning purposes only and would require formalisation and approvals in 2022 and 2023.

Council recommended resourcing/staffing of ICT projects, be added to the strategic risk register, noting the challenging labour market because of COVID.

Council approved changes to Regulation 39 - The ANZCA Council Protocol to incorporate a new clause that addresses a procedural process for council to follow for the election to president and vice president office bearer roles. Historically there has not been a standard confidential process for this to occur, but rather has taken place as “custom and practice”.

Councillors noted the process for the development of the new combined ANZCA/FPM strategic plan and approved that the plan will span a three-year period from 2023-2026.

Councillors approved the withdrawal of membership for a number of fellows of the college due to non-payment of 2021 subscription fees.

Council approved amendments to Regulation 40 - Faculty of Pain Medicine, to bring it up to date, including removing any clauses that are only appropriate for boards of directors, so that it better describes the relationship of the faculty within the college. The revised regulation can now be used for potential establishment of future faculties as they are developed.

ANZCA regulations can be viewed here.

Fellowship affairs

Council approved the formation of an awards advisory panel and associated terms of reference. The panel is responsible for adjudicating annual nominations for fellow college awards, and presenting recommendations to council for decision.

Council discussed the 2021 fellowship survey and draft KPMG report. The final report will be made available on the ANZCA website.

Education and Training

Council approved a proposed problem-oriented binational centralised group decision-making model go out for consultation with internal stakeholders, particularly those in formal supervisory roles and trainees.

Council approved new definitions for “perioperative care”, “the perioperative care team”, “perioperative medicine” and the “Perioperative medical team”. These were submitted by the Perioperative Medicine Steering Committee. The president of the College of Intensive Care Medicine raised some questions regarding eligibility of CICM fellows for this diploma.


Councillors noting the passing of esteemed colleague Dr Nicholas Keely from WA.

Honours, appointments and higher degrees

Council was delighted to learn that, under the co-supervision of councillor, Professor Dave Story, Associate Professor Lachlan Miles, Dr Jai Darvall and Associate Professor Laurence Weinberg have recently completed PhDs at the University of Melbourne.

Last updated 16:58 8.11.2021