Private Practice Network


The Private Practice Network discusses private practice issues, advocates for anaesthetists working in the private sector, and develops member resources.

Private practice anaesthesia in New Zealand

The private practice of anaesthesia is widespread throughout New Zealand; however the nature of the relationships that private practitioners have with private hospitals and even surgeons differs widely around the country.  

If you're embarking on your private anaesthesia career, see our Private Practice FAQs in the members only section as there are a number of prerequisites. In New Zealand there is legislation governing how a medical practitioner must conduct themselves when working as a contractor (as opposed to an employee) in private practice; this includes Workplace Health and Safety, and areas relating to the Commerce Commission. For information on the effects of the Commerce Commission's rules, please see our Private Practice advisory in the members section.  

As practices vary around the country, it is difficult to cover all situations. We welcome feedback on further information you think could be useful for those entering into, or who are working in private practice. Please email president@anaesthesia.nz.

If you wish to join our PPN, or have questions/comments for the PPN, email: nzsa@anaesthesia.nz.

To access private practice resources, click below to view the content.

Private Practice Network (PPN)

The NZSA advocates for anaesthetists working in private practice through our Private Practice Network (PPN), which supports NZSA members working in private practice.
The PPN represents the interests of private practitioners to health agencies and providers in areas of policy and regulation development, medical practices, equipment, and medications.  The Network also offers educational resources and a forum for members working in private practice.

Private Practice Network (PPN) - how it works

What does the PPN provide

  • a mechanism for members to liaise with health providers to achieve the best outcome for their patients; and
  • educational resources and forums for private practitioners.

Rules governing the PPN

The PPN cannot discuss or facilitate any contract, arrangement or understanding relating to the price of services provided by NZSA members or that might limit competition between NZSA members.  The PPN will not negotiate on behalf of members - it is up to each member to independently determine their relationship with funding organisations. These rules are set by the Commerce Commission.

Commerce Act guidelines for PPN as per legal advice

To stay within the guidelines of the Commerce Act 1986, the Network sought legal advice and was given guidance on what it could and could not do. These are outlined as follows:

  1. The Network can discuss industry-wide issues, share technical knowledge and information (apart from commercially competitive information) and advocate for NZSA members on matters that do not relate to the basis on which services will be provided by members (including pricing).
  2. The Network cannot negotiate on behalf of members the basis on which members will provide services, or articulate an industry position with regard to the pricing of services or the services that will , or will not be provided by individual members of either the Network or NZSA.
  3. The Network can discuss the mechanics of funding relationships between members and funders and the options available that each member can consider in terms of their personal situation.  It may not, however recommend or advocate that members adopt a particular stance or decision.
  4. It would also be legitimate for the Network to provide information to members about relationships with funders and any new developments.  However, it must always be emphasised that the basis on which members contract and price their services is entirely a matter for each member to determine independently.
  5. The Network must exercise extreme caution that it does not appear to be advocating for any particular course of action.
  6. Generally any options published by the Network as to how members might approach particular issues should state that each member must make their own independent judgement with regard to practice and the provision of services.