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Affiliated Organisations

The NZSA is affiliated to organisations in both New Zealand and overseas. We collaborate and work together to advance the specialty, patient care and our wider health system.

Pacific Society of Anaesthetists (PSA)

NZSA is committed to improving anaesthesia services throughout the world, with a particular focus on our Pacific neighbours. Our support has enabled anaesthetists from Pacific nations to attend international educational meetings or refresher courses – via sponsorship and organising locum anaesthetists to cover lists while Pacific anaesthetists are away. The Society has also assisted in organising emergency relief cover. To find out about the Pacific Society of Anaesthetists view the below. The NZSA hosts this information as part of its ongoing commitment to the Pacific.

Free NZSA membership for PSA members

Find out about the Pacific Society of Anaesthetists and their services here.

Free NZSA Associate membership for Pacific Anaesthetists

If you wish to take up this offer, please email

Information about Pacific Society of Anaesthetists

C/- Department of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care
Colonial War Memorial Hospital
P.O. Box 115, Suva, Fiji Islands

Current office holders:

President – Kartik Mudliar

Vice President – Jocelyn Christopher

Secretary – Elenoa Fesaitu

Assistant Secretary – Ioana Sese Singh

Treasurer – Maika Vuli Seru

Assistant Treasurer – Mere Vuga

Committee Members – Maurice Atalifo, Finau Matatolu, Asela Matai

Mentor/ Advisor – Dr Sereima Bale

The objectives of the Society are:

1. To advance the science and art of anaesthesia in the Pacific.
2. To further the professional education and training of anaesthetists generally.
3. To facilitate the exchange of knowledge between Pacific anaesthetists and overseas colleagues.
4. To encourage publications from Pacific anaesthetists.
5. To enhance the professional status of anaesthetists in the Pacific and to seek cordial relations between them, other scientific workers, and medical organisations.

The Society was formed in 1989 with the help and support of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA). Major funding for its Annual Refresher Course comes from the Australian Government and the NZSA. Courses were mostly held in Fiji, but since 2005 it has been held outside Fiji in alternate years in countries such as Tonga, the Cook Islands and Samoa.

The PSA tries to bring all Pacific Member countries together at least once every year and give them the opportunity to take a break from work as well update them on current anaesthetic practice. This is also a chance to meet friends and colleagues and network with NZSA and ASA members.

Membership of the Society is voluntary and on an “as required basis” – mostly those members who attend the conference end up paying their membership fees. PSA reaches out to as many Pacific anaesthetists as possible. The NZSA has supported these courses for some years by providing locum cover so that Pacific anaesthetists can attend the meeting.

In the Pacific, distances are immense and professional isolation is a major problem. Refresher courses for anaesthetic staff help to address this isolation and courses are held in the South Pacific, Micronesia (northern Pacific) and in Papua New Guinea.

If you wish to provide locum cover, please contact the NZSA.

PTC is a two-day course which teaches basic trauma management and is designed for doctors and nurses working in resource-poor environments. The first PTC course was held in Fiji in 1997 – since then the course has been taught in over 40 countries. In the Pacific, PTC has been taught in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, and Vanuatu.

The course uses a combination of lectures, skills stations, discussion groups and scenario teaching. Some participants also take part in a one-day instructor course and responsibility for running courses is soon handed over to these local teachers.

Wayne Morriss is the PTC Pacific Coordinator. Opportunities to help with PTC come up from time to time. For more information contact Wayne at

The NZSA, as part of its wider role in anaesthesia education and in its capacity as a registered charity, has made a commitment to assist as needed in the Pacific region. Ted Hughes (whose family is from Atiu) and John Wilson from New Zealand Army aid work forged links with Rarotonga Hospital, so Rarotonga seemed a logical place to start.

The Cooks has, since 1906, been firmly associated with New Zealand. Many New Zealanders holiday there, Cook Islanders are New Zealand citizens, use New Zealand currency, are schooled in English using mainly a New Zealand curriculum, and many Cook Islanders live and train in New Zealand.

In June 2009 an NZSA team visited Rarotonga Hospital to investigate how the Society could help improve anaesthesia services. The team consisted of Ted Hughes – anaesthetist; Lyall Trethowen – anaesthetic technician; Ivan Batistich – biomedical engineer and Margaret Blakeley – engineer. At a later date, Ted Hughes also visited hospitals at two of the outer islands, Atiu and Aitutaki, and attended the Cook Islands Health Conference.

The team produced a detailed report with recommendations of changes the hospital could make and ways that NZSA could help. Some of its suggestions have been implemented by the hospital management. Assistance by the NZSA to date has taken several forms including training of anaesthetic staff and providing cover for them. The hospital has a single anaesthetist and one anaesthetic technician who are permanently on call. Cover has enabled them to take much needed leave and to attend courses.

Members are encouraged to assist with this work (contact The Cook Island Ministry of Health cannot pay a salary, but airfares may be paid and a per diem allowance made to cover expenses. Some NZSA members working in the public sector may be able to claim the work as a sabbatical or request special leave with pay. ANZCA may also be prepared to view it as a CME activity.

Other ways to assist include sourcing donations of machinery. Auckland City and Gillies Hospitals gifted several anaesthetic machines which were accepted by the NZSA for use in Rarotonga under our auspices. NZSA members have been filling up a container to be shipped to Rarotonga with equipment deemed surplus to requirements in New Zealand hospitals.

If you can help source an item, the most suitable equipment for an environment like the Cook Islands is not the latest electronic equipment but a previous generation of equipment which is much more robust and needs less maintenance. For example, several hospitals in NZ decommissioned pneumatic gas-driven machines held in storage after being retired from use.

Probably the most important function of a mission such as this is establishing relationships between staff at Rarotonga Hospital and their counterparts in NZ. When NZSA members and supporters have been working there we have tried to facilitate this as much as possible.

The NZSA will advertise locum positions free for members and will waive the cost of advertising on the NZSA website to fill any position vacated by New Zealand anaesthetists who volunteer to provide aid to regions such as the Pacific.

PSA Executives, NZSA


ANZTADC is the Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee, which represents and is funded by the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (40%), the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (10%) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (50%).

ANZTADC’s mission is to improve the safety and quality of anaesthesia for patients in Australia and New Zealand by providing an enduring capability to capture, analyse and disseminate information about incidents (de-identified) relative to the safety and quality of anaesthesia in New Zealand and Australia.

About ANZTADC and webAIRS

ANZTADC have developed a free, web-based tool for recording anaesthetic incident data, known as WebAIRS (web-based anaesthetic incident recording system). This tool can be used by all anaesthetic departments in New Zealand and Australia. If you would like to join the project and send de-identified incident data from your hospital to this bi-national registry visit An article published in December 2021 provides an overview of 2021 highlights and reflects on the history of webAIRs. Read the article here.

WebAIRS is e-Health compliant and can be incorporated into hospital systems to assist anaesthetists to report, evaluate and receive information about anaesthetic incidents. Results of the incident analyses is fed back into the system so that the ‘loop’ can be closed as part of a quality improvement system.

WebAIRS software includes a tool for presenting incidents at local morbidity and mortality meetings while maintaining anonymity at a national level. If the hospital has an e-Health compliant Anaesthetic Recording System, then data can be shared electronically with ANZTADC.

CPD credits are applicable when reporting incident data to ANZTADC. The programme allows participants to either print a certificate to confirm the credits or to send confirmation by email.

ANZTADC was formed in 2005 by ANZCA, the ASA and the NZSA. A review of existing incident reporting systems was undertaken in 2005-2007 and requirements were drawn up to create the webAIRS software programme. The pilot release of webAIRS took place in 2009 and hospitals were recruited to take part. Ethics approval followed and memorandum of agreements were obtained.

The programme was released throughout New Zealand and Australia in October 2010. The project does not replace or interfere with existing hospital incident recording and management systems (including AIMS) however it enables the forwarding of a de-identified subset of the data to a bi-national registry.

The bi-national registry will be used to work out strategies for preventing such incidents in the future. The project has qualified privilege from the Ministry of Health in New Zealand and the Department of Health and Ageing in Australia to collect the data and protect it once collected.

Read the ANZTADC Memorandum of Agreements.


ANZTDAC MOA 17 October, 2014

Anaesthesia organisations


The WFSA unites anaesthesiologists from around the world to deliver the highest global standards of care in anaesthesia, pain treatment, trauma management and resuscitation. It has standing committees for example in education and safety and quality, as well as sub-specialty committees such as obstetrics. The NZSA is a member of the WFSA and has two representatives on the WFSA Committee.

Lifebox UK

Lifebox is a WFSA project, supported by the NZSA as part of its global development work. Prof Alan Merry chairs the project. This project team has international representatives from Lifebox, Operation Smile, the Vietnamese Society of Anaesthetists (VSA) as well as members of the NZSA Global Development Subcommittee and other anaesthetists involved in this work. Find out more about NZSA’s involvement here.

Common Issues Group (CIG)

The CIG membership is made up of the following anaesthesia societies: ASA (USA), ASA (AUS), Association of Anaesthetists (UK), CAS (Canada), SASA (South Africa), and NZSA (New Zealand). The Group meets in person once a year and holds regular teleconferences to exchange information, share resources and work on common projects.

Australian Society of Anaesthetists

ASA Sydney

The NZSA has a strong working relationship with the ASA, its sister organisation. The NZSA and ASA Presidents attend each other’s executive meetings and regularly exchange information. The ASA is a member organisation dedicated to supporting and connecting Australian anaesthetists. They work to ensure the high standards of the profession are met to uphold optimal patient care and focus on the economic, workforce and professional interests of their members.

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

ANZCA Melbourne

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) is the professional organisation for around 5000 specialist anaesthetists (Fellows) and 2000 anaesthetists in training (trainees) in Australia and New Zealand. The NZSA President regularly attends ANZCA Council meetings.

NZNC ANZCA, Wellington

ANZCA’s National Committee NZ has a close working relationship with the NZSA. The committee and NZSA host an annual joint meeting to discuss common issues. The President of NZSA attends NZNC Committee meetings and the NZNC attends NZSA Executive meetings. We have worked jointly on issues like workforce, and assistant to the anaesthetists.

New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians’ Society

NZATS, Wellington

NZATS is the professional body representing Registered and Trainee Anaesthetic Technicians in New Zealand. It provides high quality CPD, trainee education and support to its members and promotes the profession. The NZSA has an MOU with NZATS. We provide admin support for NZATS member services and meetings. NZSA also has a representative on the NZATS Executive Committee who is the conduit to the NZSA Executive Committee and NZSA members.