Paediatric Anaesthesia Network New Zealand (PANNZ)


PANNZ was established to strengthen communication and collaboration between anaesthetists who care for children around the country.

Origins of PANNZ

The network was formed by the NZSA and the Society for Paediatric Anaesthesia in New Zealand and Australia (SPANZA), following an open forum held at the SPANZA ASM in Auckland in October 2015. The concept of a PANNZ was unanimously supported at the meeting.

High-quality anaesthesia services for children

Effective communication and cooperation will ultimately help provide universal high quality anaesthesia services to all children in the country, irrespective of their geographical placement. 

In addition, the network is a conduit for collaboration; facilitating observerships/secondments, peer-reviews/support groups for high risk/complicated paediatric anaesthesia cases, and assistance with quality assurance and advocacy.

PANNZ contact

The current Chair of PANNZ is Dr Allanah Scott.  If you are interested in getting in touch please email the administrator. 

Aim and Roles of PANNZ

The main aim of the network is to maintain two-way collaboration and communication between anaesthetists providing paediatric anaesthesia services within regions, and with colleagues in different regions, of the country. 

Effective communication and cooperation will ultimately help provide universal high-quality anaesthesia services to all children in the country, irrespective of their geographical placement. In addition, the network is a conduit for collaboration; facilitating observerships/secondments, peer-reviews/support groups for high risk/complicated paediatric anaesthesia cases, and assistance with quality assurance and advocacy.

Governance

National level governance is coordinated by the National Co-ordinating Group (NCG) committee, with representatives from each District Health Board and a Private Practice group, also including NZSA and SPANZA representation. NZSA provides administrative support and hosts PANNZ pages on the NZSA website.

SPANZA co-hosts the Update Meetings and provides secretariat support.  

The PANNZ webpage explains the aims and roles of the network, promotes upcoming activities and provides key contacts in paediatric anaesthesia.

PANNZ Members

PANNZ members, who are also SPANZA members, can be contacted for SPANZA applications as nominees indicated below by 'SM.' Regional committees will constitute representatives (the paediatric link-person) from every hospital in the region (including private hospitals with a paediatric case load), and will be coordinated by the following members:

Northern Region – Kate Brunette (ADHB), Francois Stapelberg and Damian Simpson (Middlemore), Michele Atkins (Waitemata), Daniel Owens (Northland)

Midlands – Caroline Zhou and Tim O'Brien (Tauranga), Andrew Martin (Waikato), Tracy Jansen (Lakes), Claire Smith (Taranaki), Deon Stoltz (Tairawhiti)

Central Region - Allanah Scott (Deputy Chair – Hawkes Bay, SM), Terasa Bulger (Palmerston North), Nitin Gadgil (Whanganui), Kirsten Cunningham and Chris Badenhorst (Wellington), Indu Kapoor (Wellington, SM), Neroli Chadderton (Hutt Valley, SM), Mark Robertson and Alastair Mark (Nelson)

Southern Region – Jason Henwood (Chair – Dunedin, SM), Richard More (Invercargill), Richard Johnson (South Canterbury) and James Dalby-Ball (Christchurch, SM), David Linscott (SPANZA, Southern), TBC (West Coast)

Elsa Taylor (SPANZA SM), Kaye Ottaway (SM Private Practice), Malcolm Stuart (SM NZSA and the Surgical Bus)

In addition, PANNZ is supported by a Paediatric Special Interest Group (SIG).

Cardiac kids for non-cardiac surgery – Sandy Garden, Chris Smit, Phil Wolstencroft.

Pain issues in Children – Jane Thomas, Charlotte Hill.

Syndromic kids – Henrik Hack and James Broadbent

Chair of Paediatric Anaesthesia Network for New Zealand (PANNZ)

The current Chair of PANNZ (2020-2022) is Dr Allanah Scott, Hawkes Bay DHB. Previous PANNZ Chairs are:

  • 2018-2020 Dr Jason Henwood, Southern DHB
  • 2016-2018 Dr Indu Kapoor, Capital Coast DHB

Meetings

PANNZ meetings are usually held in Wellington and the next face to face meeting will be held in November.

Pedi Crises App 2.0

There is a Pedi Crisis 2.0 app that was launched at the SPA-AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology 2019 meeting. This free app was developed by the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and provides a checklist approach to critical events during perioperative care. It’s meant for real-time use during actual critical events but is also useful for self-study and review. Some features:

  • Diagnostic support
  • Optimized navigation
  • Weight-based dosing
  • Critical institution-specific phone numbers for emergency response

The Pedi Crisis 2.0 App® is a free resource to support clinician responses to pediatric perioperative life-threatening critical events. The electronic environment features optional diagnostic support, optimized navigation, weight-based dosing, critical institution-specific phone numbers pertinent to emergency response, and accessibility for those who want larger font sizes. The human factors design and functionality of the app were optimized for clinician use in real time during actual critical events, and can also be used for self-study or review. For each event, clinicians can quickly access pertinent information through the relevant tab: Dx for diagnosis, DDx for differential diagnosis, Tx for treatment, Drugs for a summary of drugs and dosages, Misc for additional information (e.g. pacing instructions) and Crisis for additional (cardiac) crisis management information.

If interested please download and you can feedback to the Chair of PANNZ through the Administrator.

Passport Application processes

Starship Duty Anaesthetist email can be used for immediate advice.

We will be adding Passport Application Processes as they become available for the Christchurch and Hamilton DHBs – click on the highlighted location to view for:

Starship Hospital (ADHB)

Contact Meryl Gray (PA) submission of forms and practical details MerylG@adhb.govt.nz

Contact Jonathan Warren (Deputy Head of Department) available dates JWarren@adhb.govt.nz

Contact Karen Cassaidy (Administrator) with expressions of interest: Karen.Cassaidy@waikatodhb.health.nz 

Documents are available in the downloadable resource section below.