SA/NT Trainee Committee newsletter

11 August 2020

Welcome to the inaugural newsletter of the South Australian and Northern Territory (SA/NT) Trainee Committee.

The Trainee Committee would like to welcome Dr Scott Hannah as a BT representative and Dr Mila Sterbova as an IT representative to our Committee.

As a Committee, we aim to represent the entire trainee body. Therefore, if you have any ideas, suggestions or contributions please contact any of the current committee members or our current co-chairs, Dr Jenny Bird and Dr Rebecca John.


Registrations are now open for the trainee dinner on Friday 6 November, 2020 at 7pm at Orso Restaurant.

Our guest speaker this year is Dr Laura Willington. Due to COVID restrictions there are limited numbers so get your tickets ASAP.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Education and Training

The Part Zero/Introduction to Anaesthesia Course will be held on Saturday 16 January, 2021 at the SA Regional Office.

Hospital and college viva practice is underway. Contact the SA Regional Office for further details.
The Part Two Course will continue to be run over Zoom for the remainder of the year.

Part One Trainees

Message from Dr Agnieszka Szremska, Part One convenor

Well done to everyone throughout this difficult time and I look forward to seeing you in person now that the Part One Course has returned in person at the college (with the option to Zoom).

There are also plans to run an ANZCA SA primary exam preparation short course early next year, convened by Dr Gary Tham. This will be in lieu of the GRAPES sessions he runs.

Details will be provided once the program is confirmed.


Best of luck to all the SA/NT trainees sitting exams and approaching their vivas.


Trainee Research Groups (TRG) have been very successful in Australia and overseas, giving trainees invaluable research experience and the opportunity to improve the evidence base that ultimately drives good patient care.
The SA Trainee Committee is committed to improving research and quality improvement opportunities for trainees in South Australia. Our goal is to set up a Trainee Research Group in SA akin to those already established interstate and overseas (see links below). This will give South Australian ANZCA trainees the opportunity to drive a research project from conception to  publication across multiple sites, allowing for the completion of larger studies with more meaningful outcomes. We envision this group may assist trainees to complete their Scholar Role activity (subject to the Scholar Role Supervisor's approval).
We are looking for people from all levels of training - from IT to PFY - to setup and drive a TRG in SA. No research experience is necessary. An enthusiastic group of consultants from each metropolitan hospital in SA have already offered their support and are available to assist in getting this off the ground.
If you would like to be involved in setting up the SA Trainee Research Group, please email expressing your interest prior to 30 October.

We look forward to hearing from you! 



2020 has been a challenging year for all of us but especially for those going through exam preparation and uncertainty during this time. Click here to find out what ANZCA is doing to support our doctors' health and wellbeing, and the services and resources available to our fellows, trainees, specialist international medical graduates and immediate family members

Please bear in mind that your departments all have welfare officers and if you have a mentor they may also be a good source of support. If you would like a trainee mentor, please email the SA Regional Office.

A number of the departments are also initiating a ‘welfare fellow’ role. If any advanced trainees or provisional fellows are interested in being involved in this role, please contact the SA Regional Office for more information.


Last updated 13:39 9.10.2020