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Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists


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The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) is the professional organization for about 6400 specialist anesthetists (Fellows) and 1500 anesthetists in training (trainees). One of Australasia's largest specialist medical colleges, ANZCA, and its Faculty of Pain Medicine, is responsible for the training, examination, and specialist accreditation of anesthetists and pain medicine specialists and clinical practice standards in Australia and New Zealand. The College also plays a significant role in advancing anesthesia in south-east Asia and South Pacific island countries.

ANZCA is governed by the ANZCA Council and employs specialist staff to help achieve its goals. ANZCA offers several awards and medals to reward achievements in the advancement and promotion of anesthesia, anesthesia training, and pain management. ANZCA, which includes the Faculty of Pain Medicine, was formed in February 1992 after 40 years operating as a Faculty of Anaesthetists within the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Its function is to cultivate and maintain the highest principles and standards in the training, practice, and ethics of anesthesia, perioperative medicine, and pain medicine. To assist the ANZCA Council in achieving its objectives, the College engages professional and administrative staff located at ANZCA House, in the New Zealand national office, and state and territory regional offices. The Faculty of Pain Medicine assists the ANZCA Council in achieving these objectives in pain medicine.

The ANZCA Constitution sets out the form, reasons for, and purpose of the College. It defines the objectives of the College and lists the powers vested in the corporate entity to achieve those objectives. The constitution describes the operations of the College, including definitions, membership, composition, and functioning of the ANZCA Council, and elections to the council. It also covers operational areas, including the council's powers, admission of Fellows, postal ballots, subscriptions, cessation of membership, discipline, reinstatement, and indemnity.

ANZCA's mission is "to serve the community by fostering safety and high-quality patient care in anesthesia, perioperative medicine, and pain medicine". From the mission flows three significant objectives:

  • To promote professional standards and patient safety in anesthesia, perioperative medicine, and pain medicine.
  • To promote education in anesthesia, perioperative medicine, and pain management.
  • To advance the science and practice of anesthesia, perioperative medicine, and pain management.

The ANZCA Strategic Plan 2018-2022 concentrates on the development of emerging initiatives and activities. The substantive "business as usual" work of fellows, trainees, and staff will continue unabated. Four main goals are supported by key strategies and evaluation embedded in a section on "how we will measure success." ANZCA Council approved the plan at its November 2017 meeting. The Faculty of Pain Medicine has also developed and launched its FPM Strategic Plan 2018-2022. These strategic plans define the College's direction over five years and are an integral part of our response to the professions' long-term challenges.

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