Growing the Indigenous workforce

The Indigenous health workforce in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand is integral to ensuring that the system has the capacity to address the needs of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples.

In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are significantly under-represented in the specialist anaesthesia and pain medicine workforce. The Indigenous population of Australia is 3.3 per cent of the total population, yet Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders make up less than 0.1 per cent of the specialist anaesthesia and pain medicine workforce. In Aotearoa New Zealand, the figures are 15 per cent and six per cent respectively.

Helping more Indigenous doctors to train as anaesthetists and pain specialists is one of the key ways we can address wider inequities. This doesn't just mean recruiting, retaining, and supporting Indigenous health practitioners, but also helping to create culturally safe and responsive workplaces. 

Explore the ways we're working to encourage Indigenous doctors in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to specialise in anaesthesia and pain medicine and to support them through their training.

Opportunities to join ANZCA and FPM committees and working groups 

Here you will find information about committees, working groups or projects at the college that are currently seeking Māori and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members.

History and Heritage Advisory Panel - This panel works on matters relating to the history and heritage of the college, and the specialties of anaesthesia and pain medicine and would love to have Indigenous representation. To enquire about joining this panel please contact

Promoting our specialties to pre-vocational doctors - Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) 

Each year, we invite Indigenous medical students and pre-vocational doctors with an interest in anaesthesia or pain medicine to apply for a number of financially supported places at the ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting.

2022 applications are now open
ASM scholarship guidelines 
ASM scholarship form

Prevocational doctors advice service

Our pre-vocational doctor advice service provides Indigenous pre-vocational doctors with advice and tips about a career in anaesthesia or pain medicine. Please email us if you'd like to be put in touch with a local mentor to discuss your career options. 

Supporting Indigenous trainees

We provide financial support to Indigenous anaesthesia and pain medicine trainees wishing to participate in the ANZCA primary and final exam preparation courses.

For further information or to apply for financial support please see here.

Identifying emerging Indigenous leaders

Each year, our Indigenous Health Committee nominates two new Indigneous fellows to attend the Emerging Leaders Conference, a precursor to each ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting.

Please email us if you would like to be considered for one of these places.

Last updated 12:11 29.04.2022