New Zealand committees
- New Zealand National Committee
- New Zealand Trainee Committee
- New Zealand National Education Sub-Committee
- New Zealand Anaesthesia Education Committee
Pictured, from left: Professor Alan Merry, Drs Indu Kapoor, Sally Ure, Kieran Davis, Jennifer Woods, Geoff Laney, John Smithells, Vanessa Beavis, Joe Sherriff, Gary Hopgood, Geoff Long, Vaughan Laurenson, Kerry Gunn, Malcolm Stuart and Rachel Dempsey (for Sheila Barnett). Absent: Drs Sabine Pecher, Nigel Robertson, Rob Carpenter, Steuart Henderson and Tony Williams.
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 of 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 coordinated 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 attempts to ensure that quality anaesthesia and pain medicine are provided safely to the public.
The commmittee's work and objectives are supported by seven 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, finance manager, 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.
2012-2013 New Zealand National Committee members
Chair NZNC representative on College of Intensive Care Medicine's NZ National Committee Formal project officer NZNC representative on NZ Anaesthesia Education Commmittee Fellowship affairs officer NZNC representative on NZ Anaesthesia Education Commmittee (which he chairs) Ex-officio, ANZCA councillor Ex-officio, ANZCA councillor Chair, NZ Panel for Vocational Registration Immediate past NZNC chair Co-opted Dr Rochelle Barron
Dr Geoff Long
Dr Nigel Robertson
Dr Gary Hopgood
Honorary secretary/honorary treasurer
Dr Indu Kapoor
National education officer
Dr Joe Sherriff
National quality and safety officer
Dr Jennifer Woods
Dr Kerry Gunn
Dr Malcolm Stuart
NZNC representative on NZ Anaesthetic Technicians Society and NZ Resuscitation Council
Dr Sally Ure
Dr Sabine Pecher
Professor Alan Merry
Dr Vanessa Beavis
Dr Geoff Laney
Dr John Smithells
Co-opted, new Fellows representative
Dr Kieran Davis
Co-opted, Faculty of Pain Medicine representative
Co-opted, chair, ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee
Dr Rob Carpenter
Co-opted observer, president, NZ Society of Anaesthetists
Dr Tony Williams
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)
NZNC representative on College of Intensive Care Medicine's NZ National Committee
Formal project officer
NZNC representative on NZ Anaesthesia Education Commmittee
Fellowship affairs officer NZNC representative on NZ Anaesthesia Education Commmittee (which he chairs)
Ex-officio, ANZCA councillor
Ex-officio, ANZCA councillor
Chair, NZ Panel for Vocational Registration
Immediate past NZNC chair
Dr Rochelle Barron
2013 meeting dates
- Friday March 8 (Wellington)
- Friday June 28 and Saturday June 29 (Wellington; joint meeting with NZSA Executive on Friday morning)
- Tuesday November 5 and Wednesday November 6 (Dunedin)
Annual general meeting
The annual general meeting for ANZCA's New Zealand Fellows was held on Thursday, November 15 during the NZ Anaesthesia Annual Scientific Meeting in Auckland. In his chair report, Dr Geoff Long outlined some of the NZNC's key achievements for the year. Click here to see his full report.
To contact the New Zealand National Committee, email email@example.com.
The New Zealand Trainee Committee (NZTC) advises the ANZCA Council, via the ANZCA Trainee Committee, about 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, click here.
About the New Zealand Trainee Committee
2013 NZTC members
|Dr Rochelle Barron||Wellington||Chair|
|Dr Olivia Albert
|Dr Ruth Brown
|Dr Lizi Edmonds
|Dr Julia Foley||Auckland City
|Dr Michael Hamilton||Dunedin|
|Dr Chang-Joon Kim
|Dr Laura Kwan
|Dr Catherine Purdy||Auckland City
|Dr Ghassan Talab
|Dr Richard Walsh||Waikato|
Next meeting date
- May 29, 2013
To contact the New Zealand Trainee Committee, email.
The New Zealand National Education Sub-Committee (ESC) reports to the New Zealand National Committee. The National Education Officer, Dr Indu Kapoor, chairs the ESC, which is composed of the supervisors of training at all the teaching hospitals in New Zealand and rotational supervisors, who 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 and November, to report on how ANZCA's Training Program is operating in the hospitals, to share information and to hear of developments in the ANZCA Training Program.
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 coordinates 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.