Global Health Committee
The NZSA supports outreach projects through its Global Health Committee (GHC), the Lifebox Project and the Hugh Spencer Education Fund. The GHC Chair is Dr Indu Kapoor.
What does the GHC do?
The GHC is involved in activities and projects to support anaesthesia, including training, in the Pacific. The breadth of the GHC's work and how you can get involved is outlined in an article published in NZSA's magazine. Read here
The GHC launched a new initiative last year called PACT (Pacific Anaesthesia Collaborative Training) to help raise funds to support training of anaesthetists in the Pacific. This has had great uptake and you can find out more by visiting our PACT page.
2030 goals for global surgery and anaesthesia
Dr Alan Goodey, member of the NZSA GHC, has written a comprehensive article about the Lancet Commission’s ambitious goals for 2030, which include a minimum of 80% coverage of essential surgical and anaesthesia services per country. A second indicator which is more easily measured but still extremely challenging is 100% of countries having a minimum of 20 SAO (specialist surgeons, specialist obstetricians and specialist anaesthetists/anaesthesiologists) per 100,000 population. How can the NZSA and its members help to achieve these goals? Read more
PACT was launched to support the costs of training anaesthetists within the Pacific region, helping with the development of a safe, sustainable anaesthesia workforce across the Pacific.
Lifebox is a WFSA project which distributes pulse oximeters to developing countries (a non-invasive medical device that checks the level of oxygen in a patient's bloodstream and sounds an alarm as soon as it detects the slightest unsafe change). A pulse oximeter has been described as "the most important monitoring tool in modern anaesthesia practice."
The NZSA has supported Lifebox over many years as part of its overseas aid work. The Australasian Lifebox Committee is made up of ANZCA, ASA, NZSA and Interplast - funds are allocated to regions around the world. Dr Alan Goodey, a member of the GHC and a past Chair, represents the NZSA on this committee.
www.lifebox.org/anz is a dedicated web page with an overview and update about the work of Lifebox ANZ.
2020 LIFEBOX ACTIVITY VIDEO - COVID 19 with thanks to Lifebox ANZ by Lifebox foundation
The NZSA has a strong and long standing commitment to supporting overseas anaesthetists in developing countries.
Our main focus is the Pacific: providing education/training, financial assistance and resources. We also provide locums to cover lists, which enable Pacific anaesthetists to attend international meetings and refresher courses, as well as take a break when needed. A number of NZ anaesthetists have experience working in the Pacific, and further afield, and find it very rewarding.
Hugh Spencer Education Fund
The Spencer Family Trust developed the fund to be used for education opportunities in the Pacific and is overseen by the NZSA Global Health Committee. Hugh Spencer was a highly respected anaesthetist who was a Life Member of the NZSA, the former head of the Waikato Department, and a Life Member of the PSA. He also received an ANZCA citation for valiant service and the NZ Order of Merit for services to medicine in 2010.
If you wish to donate, please send funds directly to the Hugh Spencer Fund bank account: 02-0168-0240227-007.
Please include your name and details to help us identify the payee. Members making donations can claim certain tax deductions.
Global Health Committee members
Indu Kapoor (Chair), Alan Goodey, Wayne Morris, James Dalby-Ball (new member, Nov 2019), Alastair Mark, Petra Linden-Ross (new member, August 2019), Ted Hughes, Maurice Lee, Dominic Johnpillai (trainee representative) and Caroline Zhou (new member, Jan 2021)
Global Health Committee Trainee Grant
The NZSA GHC offers an annual trainee grant to New Zealand anaesthetic trainees who are members of the NZSA (NZ $1000.00). The grant goes towards paying the costs of attending the Pacific Society of Anaesthetist’s Annual Conference.
The grant provides NZ trainees with an opportunity to gain perspectives on anaesthesia services in the Pacific, to network with anaesthesia colleagues in the Pacific and to assist with the PSA meeting, if required. The Trainee Grant was not able to be offered in 2020 due to disruptions caused by COVID, however it is hoped to be made available in 2021.
The selected trainee is required to provide a short report for publication in the NZSA magazine relaying their experiences of attending the meeting.
NZSA trainee membership is free and interested trainees who are not members of the NZSA, can join at the time of applying for this grant.
We will keep you posted on developments for 2021 and how to apply.