The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
) is responsible for examining and qualifying anaesthetists
An anesthesiologist or anaesthetist is a physician trained in anesthesia and peri-operative medicine....
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...
and New Zealand
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. The College maintains standards of practice in anaesthesia.
The College has approximately 3200 fellows; about a fifth are female. Among current trainees, the gender ratio is nearly even. In addition to Australia and New Zealand, the College has accredited training hospitals in Hong Kong
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. In all, nearly eight hundred trainees learn in 140 ANZCA-accredited hospitals worldwide.
In 1952, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists
The Australian Society of Anaesthetists is an association that seeks to further the best interests ofanaesthesia and anaesthetists.-History:...
, which had been established in 1934 to represent the emerging medical specialty of anaesthesia, was successful in establishing the
Faculty of Anaesthetists within the Royal Australasian College of
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is the body responsible for training and examining surgeons in Australia and New Zealand. The head office of the College is in Melbourne, Australia....
to undertake higher professional training in the specialty . An interim board was made up of five Society nominees: Drs Renton, Travers and Gillespie from Victoria, Dr. Daly of Sydney and Dr. Troup of Perth; and two College nominees, Sir Victor Hurley and Mr Henry Searby. An Acting Board was constituted in June 1953 with Dr. Douglas Renton as Dean and Dr. Harry Daly as Vice-Dean.
By 1992, the Faculty of Anaesthetists had grown to 2100 Fellows and
five hundred trainees, and represented Australia's third-largest group
of medical specialists. This group dissociated itself from the College
of Surgeons in this year, forming the Australian and New Zealand
College of Anaesthetists. The College continues to train anaesthetists and maintain standards of practice in
Australia and the region, while the Society continues as the member-based professional organisation for the specialty.
Training with the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
Completion of the Fellowship of the ANZCA requires:
- Completion of 5 years training in accredited training position in a hospital.
- Completion of the Primary Physiology and Pharmacology Examinations
- Completion of the Final Examination
- Completion of all 12 Modules in various areas of Anaesthesia, including Neuroanaesthesia, Cardiothoracic Anaesthetic, Pain Medicine, Anaesthesia for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Emergengency and Trauma Anaesthesia and Paediatric Anaesthesia.
Most accredited hospitals are in Australia and New Zealand, and such hospitals are grouped into training rotations. Registrars move between two or more hospitals to complete the 5 year training period. The fifth and final year sees the trainee take on increasing responsibility and autonomy. Such 5th year trainees may be appointed to positions as "Provisional Fellows" if certain ANZCA requirements are met.
Those completing the above are eligible to become a Fellow of the ANZCA.
Fellows of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists are permitted to use the post nominals FANZCA.
Fellows of the Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons are permitted to use the post nominals FFA RACS.