New Zealand committees
- New Zealand National Committee
- New Zealand Trainee Committee
- Faculty of Pain Medicine New Zealand National Committee
- Education Sub-Committee New Zealand
- New Zealand Anaesthesia Education Committee
Pictured, from left: Professor Alan Merry, Dr Geoff Laney, Dr Ruth Brown, Dr Geoff Long, Dr Nigel Robertson (Chair), Dr Jennifer Woods, Dr Gary Hopgood, Dr Sabine Pecher, Dr Brent Waldron, Dr Rachel Dempsey, Dr Vanessa Beavis, Dr Kieran Davis
Absent: Dr Rochelle Barron, Dr Kerry Gunn, Dr Indu Kapoor, Dr Sally Ure
Functions and goals
The New Zealand National Committee (NZNC) is responsible for activities similar to those of the Australian regional committees but also represents the College in dealing with national agencies such as the Ministry of Health and the Medical Council of New Zealand. In this respect, some of its functions mirror those of the ANZCA Council in Melbourne.
The committee advises the ANZCA Council on New Zealand issues, convenes continuing medical education events for Fellows, runs examination preparation courses for trainees and provides a forum for liaison between training hospitals and the College.
In all of its activities, the committee’s guiding principle remains the College’s mission statement: "to serve the community by fostering safety and high quality patient care in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain medicine". Because the community served by NZNC is the New Zealand public, College policy occasionally has to be interpreted to best meet the needs of New Zealand. In most cases, the aims of the committee are identical to those of the College in Australia.
There are four major areas in which the NZNC pursues its goals:
Promotion of the standards that the College sets for practice in anaesthesia and pain medicine, the aims of which are to offer the public care to a standard equal to that anywhere in the world.
Training supported through teaching programmes in hospitals throughout New Zealand. The hospitals are inspected regularly to ensure their facilities and staff are able to provide safe, comprehensive clinical experience and theoretical teaching. On behalf of the committee, some centres run pre-examination courses for the primary and final examinations. In addition, the committee contributes advice and teaching to the training programme for anaesthesia assistants.
Continuing medical education is provided for all practitioners with the principal aim of maintaining specialist skills. Most of these activities are co-ordinated by the NZ Anaesthesia Education Committee (NZAEC), an educational initiative supported jointly by the NZNC and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists. Through its continuing professional development program, ANZCA encourages involvement in continuing medical education and audit.
In advising national agencies, the committee aims to ensure that quality anaesthesia and pain medicine are provided safely to the public.
The commmittee's work and objectives are supported by eight full or part-time staff working in the New Zealand National Office in Wellington, including a general manager, communications manager, senior policy adviser, training and education coordinator, accountant, NZNC administrator and assessments co-ordinator.
Terms of reference
The ANZCA Council has developed terms of reference for the committees that report to it, including the NZNC. The aim is to streamline both council and committee work by clarifying the purpose of and arrangements for committees, particularly to define which functions are delegated to committees (and reported through to council) and which require council approval. The terms of reference include standardised definitions of a quorum, voting rules and that electronic decisions should be recorded in the minutes of the next meeting.
2013-14 New Zealand National Committee members
|Dr Nigel Robertson||Chair
|Dr Gary Hopgood||Deputy Chair|
|Dr Geoff Laney||Quality and Safety Officer|
|Dr Indu Kapoor||Education Officer NZ|
|Dr Sally Ure||Deputy Education Officer NZ|
|Dr Jennifer Woods||Formal Project Officer
NZNC representative on NZ Anaesthesia Education Commmittee
|Dr Kerry Gunn||Fellowship Affairs Officer
NZNC representative on and Chair of NZ Anaesthesia Education Commmittee
|Dr Geoff Long||Chair, NZ Panel for Vocational Registration
NZNC representative on NZ Anaesthetic Technicians Society
Immediate Past Chair
|Dr Sabine Pecher||Member|
|Dr Brent Waldron
|Dr Vanessa Beavis||Ex-officio, ANZCA councillor
|Professor Alan Merry||Ex-officio, ANZCA councillor|
|Dr Rachel Dempsey
||New Fellows representative|
|Dr Rochelle Barron||Co-opted representative, Chair, NZ Trainee Committee|
|Dr Kieran Davis||Co-opted representative, Faculty of Pain Medicine representative|
|Dr Ted Hughes
||Co-opted observer, President, NZ Society of Anaesthetists|
|Dr Shawn Sturland
||Co-opted observer, Chair, College of Intensive Care Medicine's NZ National Committee|
|Dr Steuart Henderson||In attendance, ANZCA Director of Professional Affairs (Assessor)|
|Dr Vaughan Laurenson||In attendance, ANZCA Director of Professional Affairs (Deputy Assessor)|
|Dr Leona Wilson||In attendance, ANZCA Director of Professional Affairs (IMGS)|
2014 meeting dates
- Friday March 7 (Wellington)
- Friday June 27 and Saturday June 28 (Wellington; joint meeting with NZSA Executive on the Friday morning)
- Friday November 7 (Wellington)
Annual general meeting
The 2014 annual general meeting for New Zealand Fellows was held in Queenstown on August 23. In his report, Chair Dr Nigel Robertson outlined key NZNC activities for the year to date and the 2013 annual report was tabled.
To contact the New Zealand National Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From left: Dr Tom Burrows, Dr Rochelle Barron (Chair), Dr Ruth Brown, Dr Lizi Edmonds, Dr Ghassan Talab, Dr Laura Kwan, Dr Chang-Joon Kim and Dr Kate Romeril (NZSA).
Absent: Dr Thida Ching, Dr Julia Foley, Dr Charlotte Griffiths
The New Zealand Trainee Committee (NZTC) advises the NZNC and the ANZCA Council, via the ANZCA Trainee Committee, about training matters in New Zealand that may concern the College. The committee also considers matters that may be referred to them by the council. The committee meets by teleconference or in person about four times a year.
For information about ANZCA training in New Zealand, see here.
For further information about the New Zealand Trainee Committee see here.
2014 NZTC members
|Dr Rochelle Barron||Wellington||Chair|
|Dr Ruth Brown
|Dr Tom Burrows
|Dr Thida Ching
|Dr Lizi Edmonds||Nelson|
|Dr Julia Foley||Auckland City|
|Dr Charlotte Griffiths||Christchurch|
|Dr Chang-Joon Kim||Auckland City|
|Dr Laura Kwan||Wellington|
|Dr Ghassan Talab||Auckland City|
|Dr Kate Romeril
|Dr Kerry Holmes
2014 meeting dates
- January 27, face-to-face, all day in Wellington
- April 2, teleconference 7.30pm
- June 3, teleconference 7.30pm
- September 2, teleconference 7.30pm
- December 1, face-to-face, all day in Wellington
To contact the New Zealand Trainee Committee, email.
Faculty of Pain Medicine New Zealand National Committee 2013-14
From left: Dr Paul Hardy, Professor Ted Shipton, Dr Kieran Davis (Chair).
The Medical Council of New Zealand agreed in October 2012 to recognise pain medicine as a vocational scope of practice in New Zealand. As a result, ANZCA's Faculty of Pain Medicine has established a New Zealand National Committee (FPM NZNC) to handle matters in New Zealand on its behalf, particularly those relating to the registration of pain medicine specialists.
Following a nomination process among New Zealand-based fellows of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, an inaugural FPM NZNC was elected. That committee held its inaugural meeting on May 22, 2013 and elected its officers.
The committee's terms of reference are available here.
2014-15 FPM NZNC members
|Dr Kieran Davis
|Professor Ted Shipton
|Dr Paul Hardy
|Dr Lorna Fox
2014 meeting dates
- Thursday, March 20 in Dunedin
- Tuesday, July 15 by teleconference
- Monday, November 10 in Wellington
See here for the report to December 31, 2013.
To contact the FPM NZNC, email email@example.com
Education Sub-Committee New Zealand
The Education Sub-Committee (ESC) New Zealand reports to the New Zealand National Committee. The Education Officer, New Zealand, Dr Indu Kapoor, chairs the ESC, which is composed of the supervisors of training at all the teaching hospitals in New Zealand and the rotational supervisors, all of whom are listed here. The NZNC chair and the chair of the New Zealand Trainee Committee are also members of the ESC.
The ESC meets twice a year, usually in May (by teleconference) and in November (in person and combined with a workshop for supervisors of training). The meetings provide a forum for supervisor of training education and support, as well as discussion of issues relevant to the delivery of training in New Zealand. The ESC reports to the NZNC via the Education Officer.
Monday, May 19, 7.30pm: teleconference
Monday, October 20: all day workshop and meeting
To contact the Education Sub-Committee, email
New Zealand Anaesthesia Education Committee
The New Zealand Anaesthesia Education Committee (NZAEC) is a joint committee of ANZCA's New Zealand National Committee and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists. It co-ordinates and promotes educational activities for anaesthetists in New Zealand, including the annual NZ Anaesthesia ASM. For further information about the committee, its membership and its activities, click here.
To contact the NZ Anaesthesia Education Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org.