ANZCA Council meeting update: February 2022

16 March 2022

Read a report of the ANZCA Council meeting held from 18 - 19 February 2022 via video conference.

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


Council agreed to re-instate the Investment Sub-Committee to support the change in investment strategy under a discretionary management model. Council approved an additional member with investment management and advisory skills be appointed to the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Councillors noted the unaudited financial results to 31 December 2021 and that the 2021 financial year audit has commenced. Final audit reports will be presented to council at its meeting in April 2022.

Councillors reviewed and approved proposed amendments to the procurement policy which included the need to actively engage with indigenously owned vendors during the procurement process. Councillors noted the framework and process to identify indigenous suppliers.

Councillors discussed a number of proposed amendments to the ANZCA Constitution to meet a number of required changes and to ensure it is current which, once endorsed by council will be circulated to members for consideration prior to the 2022 ANZCA Annual General Meeting.

Work continues on the Australian Medical Council and the New Zealand Medical Council accreditation submission. The final submission will be presented to council before the due date of 12 April. A college-wide accreditation process takes place in July 2022.

Fellowship affairs

Annual Scientific Meeting 2022

After careful consideration, council agreed that the 2022 Perth ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), FPM Symposium and Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) would proceed as virtual events. Council applauded the work of the Fellowship Affairs events team, noting a great virtual meeting will be produced.

Education and Training


Executive Director Education and Research Associate Professor Robert O’Brien provided an update on the status of exams for the upcoming examination period. The college position on who can sit exams due to a positive COVID-19 result or isolation requirements will be communicated to trainees.

Councillors were provided with information about 2021 exams costs in which the college has been able to make savings on some areas such as travel expenses, but has incurred significant additional costs on consultation fees, professional services and venue hire. As a result the cost of exams in 2021 significantly increased compared to previous years.

Perioperative medicine diploma

Council considered and approved “grandparenting” pathways for fellows to be awarded the ANZCA perioperative medicine diploma for publication and implementation. Councillors acknowledged the huge amount of work by Dr Joel Symons and Dr Maggie Wong in developing this pathway for recognition. ANZCA councillor Dr Sean McManus chairs the multi-college Perioperative Medicine Steering Committee overseeing this work.

Diploma of rural generalist anaesthesia

Council noted the requirements and approved the “grandparenting” process for the Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia (DRGA).

Councillors noted that since the DRGA memorandum of understanding had been signed by ANZCA, the Australian College of Rural and Remote18-19 Medicine and the Royal Australian College of GPs, work of the Curriculum Working Group had gained pace. Council approved the DRGA curriculum which is designed for rural generalist practice and is modelled on the ANZCA curriculum. ANZCA councillor Associate Professor Deb Wilson is chairing the tripartite committee representing the colleges overseeing the development of this qualification.

Council approved a recommendation to develop an advanced certificate in paediatric anaesthesia. To progress this work, a request will be submitted through the annual strategic funding pathway for approval by council to commence development in 2023 for delivery in 2024.


Councillors noting the passing of esteemed colleagues Associate Professor Andrew Hilton and Dr Paul Ritchie from Victoria and Dr Donald Runcie from New South Wales.

Honours, appointments and higher degrees

The chair advised of FANZCAs recently honoured in the Australia Day Honours list:

  • Emeritus Professor Laurie Mather OAM, FANZCA FFPMANZCA (NSW) for services to anaesthesia and pain management as a research scientist and educator.
  • Dr Deborah Simmons, OAM, FANZCA (Qld) for service to medicine through a range of roles.
  • Professor Peter Morley AM, FANZCA, FCICM (Vic) for significant service to intensive care medicine, to professional societies, and to tertiary education.
  • Council was also pleased to learn that Wing Commander Roby received an Australia Day honour for meritorious devotion to duty in aeromedical evacuation for the Royal Australian Air Force.

Correspondence from the President on behalf of the college has been sent to these worthy recipients as well as to sister colleges and individuals from colleges who have a connection with ANZCA.

Council noted the value of PhDs and academic seniority to the future of the anaesthesia profession as well as for the good of the individual and for patients and noted Dr Tuong Phan has completed his PhD through the University of Melbourne


Information about ANZCA Council and its committees can be found here.

Last updated 14:28 10.08.2022