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.

These documents contain information relevant to the clinical, administrative and ethical practice of anaesthesia and/or pain medicine.

Professional documents

Policies are documents that formally state a principle, plan and/or course of action that is prescriptive and mandatory.

Position statements are documents that describe where the college stands on a particular issue. This may include areas that lack clarity or where opinions vary. A position statement is not definitive, prescriptive or binding.

Guidelines are documents that offer advice on a particular subject, that:

  • Are ideally based on best practice recommendations and information.
  • May be based on available evidence and/or expert consensus.
  • Are not prescriptive.


Guidelines developed by external organisations on aspects of the practice of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and/or pain medicine that have been formally endorsed by the ANZCA Council are also included. 

FPM policies, standards, position statements and guidelines that have been endorsed by the FPM Board are listed below. 

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A01 Policy for the development and review of professional documents PDF
A01BP Policy for the development and review of professional documents Background Paper PDF
AP01: Policy for the development and review of professional documents PDF
A02 Policy on endorsement of externally developed guidelines PDF
A02BP Policy on endorsement of externally developed guidelines Background Paper PDF
PS01 Recommendations on essential training for rural general practitioners in Australia proposing to administer anaesthesia PDF
PS01(PM): Statement regarding the use of opioid analgesics in patients with chronic non-cancer pain PDF
PM01 (Appendix 2): Opioid Dose Equivalence - Calculation of Oral Morphine Equivalent Daily Dose (oMEDD) PDF
PS02 Statement on credentialling and defining the scope of clinical practice in anaesthesia PDF
PS02BP Statement on credentialling and defining the scope of clinical practice in anaesthesia Background Paper PDF
PS03 Guideline for the management of major regional analgesia PDF
PS03BP Guideline for the management of major regional analgesia Background Paper PDF
PS04 Statement on the post-anaesthesia care unit PDF
PS04BP Statement on the post-anaesthesia care unit Background Paper PDF
PS06 Guideline on the anaesthesia record (PILOT) PDF
PS06BP Guideline on the anaesthesia record Background Paper (PILOT) PDF
PS07 Guideline on pre-anaesthesia consultation and patient preparation PDF
PS07BP Guideline on pre-anaesthesia consultation and patient preparation Background Paper PDF
PS08 Statement on the assistant for the anaesthetist PDF
PS08BP Statement on the assistant for the anaesthetist Background Paper PDF
PS09 Guideline on sedation and/or analgesia for diagnostic and interventional medical, dental or surgical procedures PDF
PM10: Statement on "Medicinal Cannabis" with particular reference to its use in the management of patients with chronic non-cancer pain PDF
PS11(PM): Procedures in Pain Medicine Clinical Care Standard PDF
PS12 Guideline on smoking as related to the perioperative period PDF
PS12BP Guideline on smoking as related to the perioperative period Background Paper PDF
PS15 Guideline for the perioperative care of patients selected for day stay procedures PDF
PS15BP Guideline for the perioperative care of patients selected for day stay procedures Background Paper PDF
PS18 Guideline on monitoring during anaesthesia PDF
PS18BP Guideline on monitoring during anaesthesia Background Paper PDF
PS19 Recommendations on monitored care by an anaesthetist PDF
PS26 Statement on informed consent for anaesthesia or sedation (PILOT) PDF
PS26BP Statement on informed consent for anaesthesia or sedation Background Paper (PILOT) PDF
PS27 Guideline for major extracorporeal perfusion PDF
PS27BP Guideline for major extracorporeal perfusion Background Paper PDF
PS28 Guideline on infection control in anaesthesia PDF
PS28BP Guideline on infection control in anaesthesia Background Paper PDF
PS29 Guideline for the provision of anaesthesia care to children (PILOT) PDF
PS29BP Guideline for the provision of anaesthesia care to children Background Paper (PILOT) PDF
PS31 Guideline on checking anaesthesia delivery systems PDF
PS31BP Guideline on checking anaesthesia delivery systems Background Paper PDF
PS37 Guideline for health practitioners administering local anaesthesia PDF
PS37BP Guideline for health practitioners administering local anaesthesia Background Paper PDF
PS40 Statement on the relationship between fellows, trainees and the healthcare industry PDF
PS40BP Statement on the relationship between fellows, trainees and the healthcare industry Background Paper PDF
PS41 Guideline on acute pain management PDF
PS42 Statement on staffing of accredited departments of anaesthesia PDF
PS42BP Statement on staffing of accredited departments of anaesthesia Background Paper PDF
PS43 Guideline on fatigue risk management in anaesthesia practice (PILOT) PDF
PS43BP Guideline on fatigue risk management in anaesthesia practice Background Paper (PILOT) PDF
PS45 Statement on patients' rights to pain management and associated responsibilities PDF
PS46 Guideline on Training and Practice of Perioperative Cardiac Ultrasound in Adults PDF
PS46BP Guideline on training and practice of perioperative cardiac ultrasound in adults Background Paper PDF
PS49 Guideline on the health of specialists, specialist international medical graduates and trainees PDF
PS50 Guideline on return to anaesthesia practice for anaesthetists PDF
PS50BP Guideline on return to anaesthesia practice for anaesthetists Background Paper PDF
PS51 Guideline for the safe management and use of medications in anaesthesia (PILOT) PDF
PS51BP Guideline for the safe management and use of medications in anaesthesia Background Paper (PILOT) PDF
PS52 Guideline for transport of critically ill patients PDF
PS52BP Guideline for transport of critically ill patients Background Paper PDF
PS53 Statement on the handover responsibilities of the anaesthetist PDF
PS53BP Statement on the handover responsibilities of the anaesthetist Background Paper PDF
PS54 Statement on the minimum safety requirements for anaesthetic machines and workstations for clinical practice PDF
PS54BP Statement on the minimum safety requirements for anaesthetic machines and workstations for clinical practice Background Paper PDF
PS55 Recommendations on minimum facilities for safe administration of anaesthesia in operating suites and other anaesthetising locations PDF
PS56 Guideline on equipment to manage a difficult airway during anaesthesia PDF
PS56BP Guideline on equipment to manage a difficult airway during anaesthesia Background Paper PDF
PS57 Statement on duties of specialist anaesthetists PDF
PS57BP Statement on duties of specialist anaesthetists Background Paper PDF
PS58 Guideline on quality assurance and quality improvement in anaesthesia PDF
PS58BP Guideline on quality assurance and quality improvement in anaesthesia Background Paper PDF
PS59 Statement on roles in anaesthesia and perioperative care PDF
PS59BP Statement on roles in anaesthesia and perioperative care Background Paper PDF
PS60 Guideline on the perioperative management of patients with suspected or proven hypersensitivity to chlorhexidine PDF
PS60BP Guideline on the perioperative management of patients with suspected or proven hypersensitivity to chlorhexidine PDF
PS61 Guideline for the management of evolving airway obstruction: transition to the Can’t Intubate Can’t Oxygenate airway emergency PDF
PS61BP Guideline for the management of evolving airway obstruction: transition to the Can’t Intubate Can’t Oxygenate airway emergency Background Paper PDF
PS62 Statement on cultural competence PDF
PS62BP Statement on cultural competence Background Paper PDF
PS63 Guideline for safe care for patients sedated in health care facilities for acute behavioural disturbance PDF
PS63BP Guideline for safe care for patients sedated in health care facilities for acute behavioural disturbance Background Paper PDF
PS64 Statement on environmental sustainability in anaesthesia and pain medicine practice PDF
PS64BP Statement on environmental sustainability in anaesthesia and pain medicine practice Background Paper PDF
PS65 Guideline for the Performance Assessment of a Peer PDF
PS65BP Guideline for the Performance Assessment of a Peer Background Paper PDF
PS66 Guideline on the role of the anaesthetist in commissioning medical gas pipelines (PILOT) PDF
PS66BP Guideline on the role of the anaesthetist in commissioning medical gas pipelines Background Paper (PILOT) PDF
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Other college documents

These statements undergo a deliberative process within the college committee structure and require approval by the oversight committee, or the ANZCA Council, prior to publication.

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ANZCA COVID-19 PPE Statement PDF
GP Anaesthetists in metropolitan centres PDF
Marriage equality statement PDF
Position statement - Health of People Seeking Asylum PDF
Position statement on the use of slow-release opioid preparations in the treatment of acute pain PDF
Promoting good practice and managing poor performance in anaesthesia and pain medicine PDF
Statement on principles for identifying and preventing opioid-induced ventilatory impairment (OIVI) PDF
Statement on the role of ANZCA in advocating for the health and wellbeing of all people PDF
Position statement on procedures in pain medicine PDF
Proposal for practice guideline - Low dose ketamine infusion in the management of chronic non-cancer pain PDF
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Endorsed guidelines and joint statements

We have contributed to or endorsed a selection of guidelines and statements developed by other organisations.

 

Please note: We don't maintain the websites in this table.
Resource
Epidural anaesthesia
Joint statement by the ANZCA President Dr Vanessa Beavis and RANZCOG President Dr Vijay Roach
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Advisory statement on the storage of propofol in clinical settings
Jointly developed with the Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand and the Ministry of Health.
Link
ANZAAG Anaphylaxis Management Guidelines
Jointly developed with ANZCA
Link
Australian open disclosure framework
Developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
Link
Best practice guide for continuous practice improvement
Developed by the Council of Medical Colleges of New Zealand.
Link
Call for Australia's ratification of the OPCAT
Supported by ANZCA.
Link
Central line insertion and maintenance guideline
Developed by the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society.
Link
Clinical indicators
Managed by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.
Link
Clinical practice guidelines on hypertension and pre-eclampsia in pregnancy
Produced by the New Zealand Ministry of Health.          
Link
Colonoscopy clinical care standard
Developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. 
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Delirium clinical care standard
Developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
Link
Guidelines for helping people to stop smoking
Developed by the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
Link
Guidelines for the management of postoperative nausea and vomiting
Developed by the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia. 
Link
Malignant hyperthermia resource kit
Developed by Malignant Hyperthermia Australia and New Zealand.
Link
Management of severe local anaesthetic toxicity
Developed by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.
Link
National standard for user-applied labelling of injectable medicines, fluids and lines
Developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
Link
Neural connector devices to reduce misconnection errors – advice for every anaesthetist and pain medicine practitioner
Developed by ANZCA.
Link
Neural connector devices to reduce misconnection errors – guidelines for implementation in Australia
Jointly developed with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
Link
OSSIE guide to clinical handover improvement
Developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
Link
Osteoarthritis of the knee clinical care standard 
Developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
Link
Patient blood management guidelines
Developed by the National Blood Authority.
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Perioperative anaphylaxis management guidelines 
Jointly developed with the Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group.
Link
Periprocedural Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) with SGLT2 Inhibitor Use
Jointly developed with the Australian Diabetes Association
Link
Position paper on day surgery in Australia
Jointly developed with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Link
Standards for resuscitation: clinical practice and education
Jointly developed by the Australian Resuscitation Council and the New Zealand Resuscitation Council.
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Statement on the provision of obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia services
Jointly developed with  Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Link
Topical application of chlorhexidine and risks of accidental injection in regional anaesthesia and vascular access procedures
Jointly developed with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
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Last updated 14:49 22.10.2020