New Zealand committees

ANZCA New Zealand National Committee 2014-15

New Zealand National Committee 2014-15

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 Lizi Edmonds, 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.


2014-15 New Zealand National Committee members 

Name Title
Dr Nigel Robertson Chair
Dr Gary Hopgood Deputy Chair
Dr Geoff Laney Safety and Quality Officer
Dr Indu Kapoor Education Officer NZ
Dr Sally Ure Deputy Education Officer NZ
Dr Jennifer Woods Formal Project Officer
NZNC representative, NZ Anaesthesia Education Commmittee
Dr Kerry Gunn Fellowship Affairs Officer
NZNC representative, NZ Anaesthesia Education Commmittee
Dr Geoff Long Chair, NZ Panel for Vocational Registration
NZ Accreditation Officer
NZNC representative, 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 Lizi Edmonds
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 Executive Director of Professional Affairs

2015 meeting dates
  • Friday March 6 (Wellington)
  • Friday June 26 and Saturday June 27 (Wellington; joint meeting with NZSA Executive on the Friday morning)
  • Wednesday November 4 (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.

The 2015 annual general meeting for New Zealand Fellows will be held during the NZNC's annual scientific meeting in Wellington, November 5-7.



To contact the ANZCA New Zealand National Committee, email


New Zealand Trainee Committee (NZTC) 2015

NZTC 2015

From left: Dr Helen Lindsay, Dr Lizi Edmonds (Chair), Dr Nick Hingley (Deputy Chair), Dr Thida Ching, Dr Ghassan Talab (NZSA), Dr KC Law and Dr Jonathan Panckhurst. Absent: Dr Charlotte Adamson, Dr Ravi Mistry, Dr Stephen Roberts, Dr Kate Romeril (NZSA) and Dr David Silverman.


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.


2015 NZTC members 




Dr Lizi Edmonds
Wellington Chair
Dr Nick Hingley
Deputy Chair
Dr Charlotte Adamson
Dr Thida Ching
Dr Kiew Chai (KC) Law
Dr Helen Lindsay
Dr Ravi Mistry
Dr Jonathan Panckhurst
Dr Stephen Roberts
Dr Dr David Silverman
Dr Kate Romeril
NZSA Representative

Dr Ghassan Talab NZSA Representative

2015 meeting dates

  • Wednesday, March 25 - teleconference
  • Monday, June 15 - teleconference
  • Monday, September 21 - teleconference
  • Monday, November 30 - in person, Wellington

To contact the New Zealand Trainee Committee, email


Faculty of Pain Medicine New Zealand National Committee 2014-15

FPM NZNC November 2014

 From left: Jo Young (Administrator) Dr Paul Hardy, Professor Ted Shipton, Dr Kieran Davis, Dr Lorna Fox and Dr Tipu Aamir.


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
 Deputy Chair
Dr Paul Hardy
Honorary Secretary/Treasurer
Dr Lorna Fox
Appointed member
Dr Tipu Aamir
 Auckland  New Fellows Representative

Next meeting

  • Wednesday, March 25, in Auckland

Annual reports

See here for the report to December 31, 2013.


To contact the FPM NZNC, email


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.


2015 meetings

Monday, May 11, 7.30pm: teleconference

Tuesday, October 27: all day workshop and meeting in Wellington



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

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