ANZCA Council meeting update - September 2022

17 October 2022

Read a report of the ANZCA Council meeting held from 16-17 September in Wellington.

This was the first council meeting conducted outside Melbourne; something we hope will become a regular annual fixture on the council calendar.

Council welcomed the New Zealand National Committee chair Dr Graham Roper, the Tasmanian Regional Committee chair Dr Lia Freestone, the WA Regional Committee chair Dr Marlene Johnson, and the ANZCA Trainee Committee Co-chair Dr Alec Beresford to its internal and open sessions.   

Council was also pleased to welcome and hear updates from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons President, Dr Sally Langley, and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists President, Dr Sheila Hart.

Corporate services

Council noted the July 2022 Governance Report and approved the draft 2023-2025 strategic plan. The strategic plan will be circulated via the December president’s message to the college in December.

Education and training

Council approved the amendment to regulation 44 that removes the requirement for trainees to have at least two years of their primary fellowship training program in line with the approved position of the Tripartite Committee of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia that is overseeing the Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia.. 
The requirement for potential trainees to have completed at least one year of primary fellowship training to align DRGA training pre-requisites with ANZCA training requirements was also approved.

Training Quality Improvement Prize
Council discussed and considered matters related to a name change for the Training Quality Improvement Prize and decided to withdraw this item from the meeting for further discussion.  It was noted that at the 2023 ASM, the current prize name will remain in place.

Council approved the decision endorsed by Education Executive Management Committee to conduct the medical clinical viva along with the anaesthesia viva in 2023.

Professional Affairs

Council approved the draft policy of Management of Notifications noting the main change is that all notifications about poor behaviour affecting trainees in training sites will be referred to the training site for resolution, as long as the notifier consents. This recognises the college’s lack of powers in another employer’s workplace and the effect that such behaviour has on the learning environment in the training sites.

Councillors approved the removal of the following wording pertaining regulation 6: “If an applicant is not a permanent resident in Australia or New Zealand the applicant must provide a signed statement indicating that they have applied or will apply within the next 12 months for residency in Australia or New Zealand”.

Honours, appointments and higher degrees

Councillors noted the achievements of the following FANZCAs:

  • Dr Jennifer Reilly completed a PhD titled “Predicting Perioperative Mortality in Adults undergoing non-cardia surgery in Australia”, at Monash University.
  • Dr Eugenie Kayak appointed an Enterprise Professor in Environmental Sustainability at the University of Melbourne.


Councillors noted the passing of esteemed colleagues Professor Jen (Ben) Marosszkey (NSW), Dr Michael John Seyfort (VIC) and Dr Gilbert (Barrie) Tait (NZ).

Last updated 13:06 11.11.2022