Contributing to public policy and health systems

Wherever possible, we seek to be involved in identifying priorities and developing policies that affect anaesthesia and pain medicine. Thanks to our formal roles and responsibilities, we're represented on committees and steering groups of key national and state government health agencies and professional peak bodies.

We regularly prepare submissions for government and non-government agencies in response to a range of policy initiatives and inquiries, articulating our position on issues that affect trainees, fellows, the health system and the broader community.

We also maintain and build the standing of our professions and address the risk of adverse events and poorer outcomes through:

  • Regular meetings with policy makers, health services and consumer groups.
  • Policy submissions to government and non-government bodies in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Support and advocacy for community development with a focus on Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Māori health and global health.
  • Representation on international, national, state and local health organisations.
  • Developing training opportunities in non-traditional and expanded settings in Australia through the Australian government-funded Specialist Training Program.
  • Providing information to patients and community members.

Submissions are normally co-ordinated by the Policy and Communications unit in close consultation with the college's directors of professional affairs, councillors, fellows, special interest groups, and senior members of staff.

Search for a submission

Submissions from the last three years are listed below. Where they can be made publicly available, we've included a link.  

2024 submissions

2023 submissions

2022 submissions

2021 submissions

2020 submissions

If you wish to access submissions made prior to 2018, please email us.

Professional documents

Our professional documents, statements and guidelines are crucial for promoting the safety and quality of patient care for those undergoing anaesthesia for surgical and other procedures and for those receiving pain medicine treatment.

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Last updated 12:52 24.05.2024