ANZCA Council meeting update: December 2021

Read a report of the ANZCA Council meeting held from 3 - 4 December 2021 via video conference.

Council welcomed the New Zealand National Committee chair Dr Sally Ure, and ANZCA Trainee Committee co-chair Dr Harsh Dubey.


The president advised the outcome of the college e-vote for the proposed amendment to the ANZCA Constitution with 81 per cent in favour (869 votes) and 19 per cent against (206 votes). The vote was therefore carried with subsequent amendments made to the constitution.

Dr Chris Cokis was appointed president-elect and will take up the position of ANZCA president at the conclusion of the 2022 ANZCA Annual General Meeting at the 2022 ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth.
Council were provided with a presentation from Mr Ramy Amer, the “ANZCA ICT Strategy – Alignment with industry best practice”. Councillors agreed the Corporate Services business unit has undertaken a great deal of work to date and that the college has moved IT forward greatly over the past two years.

Following recent media focus on cosmetic surgery the college has written to the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) regarding contributing to the review into patient safety concerns in the cosmetic surgery sector. The MBA media release can be found here.

Work continues in preparation for the Australian Medical Council and the New Zealand Medical Council accreditation submission, with an initial draft report to be completed in December 2021. The final submission will be presented to council ahead of its due date on 12 April. A college-wide accreditation process takes place in July 2022.

Fellowship affairs

Council approved Professor Idit Madot as the 2023 ASM visitor.
Council provided in-principle approval to progress with a collegiate partnership to support the establishment of an Australian and New Zealand Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Initiative.


Council approved professional document PS67 End of Life care and accompanying background paper (PS67BP) for release of a six-month pilot period. Feedback provided during the pilot stage, particularly concerning terminal sedation, will be considered prior to the guideline’s finalisation.

Education and training

Councillors heard from Immediate Past President Dr Rodney Mitchell who provided an annual report on the status of the ANZCA Foundation including its focus on research for anaesthesia and pain, global development and Indigenous health.

Council considered and approved the Perioperative Care Framework. This guiding framework for perioperative care is aimed at equipping medical staff for their role within the perioperative medical team for interactions with surgeons and primary care doctors and encompasses the patient journey from contemplation of surgery through to recovery. Council thanked Dr Sean McManus and Dr Jeremy Fernando for their work in the development of the framework.


Councillors noting the passing of esteemed colleagues Dr Richard Fear from NSW and Dr Frank Phillips from Queensland.

Honours, appointments and higher degrees

The chair acknowledged the 2021 Dr Ray Header Award for Pastoral Care winner, Dr Sally Wharton. Her peers acknowledged her contribution to the welfare of many trainees and fellows at the Children's Hospital, Westmead. Council noted Dr Wharton’s direct personal support and encouragement of trainees, the development of a formal mentoring program within the department, and raising awareness of mental health issues and the value of personal and team support for trainees and fellows.

Council was delighted to learn that, under the co-supervision of Professor Andre van Zundert, Associate Professor Kerstin Wyssusek, Associate Professor Victoria Eley and Associate Professor Jeremy Cohen, fellow Dr Julie Lee has recently completed a PhD titled “Rotational Thromboelastometry (ROTEM(R)) in Obstetrics: Baseline parameters in healthy women at term gestation” at the University of Queensland.

Council was also delighted to hear that Dr Tuong Phan, St Vincent’s Hospital, recently completed his PhD, at the University of Melbourne. Dr Phan was supervised by Professor David A Scott and Associate Professor Liz Evered. 

Dr Amanda Baric, Northern Hospital/University of Melbourne was awarded the prestigious Order of the Polar Star by the President of Mongolia.

Last updated 09:42 15.12.2021