The New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists advocates for and represents members across economic, professional, legal and workforce issues, to support our members and the care of their patients.

How we advocate

We advocate on issues such as the listing of drugs, workforce, standards of medical practice, health equity, assistants to the anaesthetist, the electronic health record and private practice issues. We meet with the Minister of Health and opposition health spokespeople and develop submissions in response to policy and legislation, influencing issues affecting anaesthesia, the wider health sector and patient care.

We work closely with stakeholders including the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the Ministry of Health, the Medical Council of New Zealand, ACC, the New Zealand Medical Association, Pharmac, and the New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association.

The NZSA has representation on the ANZCA Council, and its New Zealand National Committee, and attends council meetings of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.  We also liaise with other medical and allied health organisations, both in NZ and globally.

For more information on key advocacy issues and to read our submissions visit our submissions page