The NZSA aims to support the wellbeing of anaesthetists by raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues and providing resources and other information on wellbeing. We welcome member suggestions of resources to add to this page.

Wellbeing toolkit for anaesthetists

Long Lives Healthy Workplaces, is a toolkit for Anaesthesia Departments which includes resources to support wellbeing. The toolkit has been tailored for NZ anaesthetists and can be accessed here or at the bottom of this page under Downloads.

The toolkit is an initiative of the Wellbeing Special Interest Group and EveryMind, an Australian institute dedicated to mental wellness. We encourage you to access this resource for yourself and/or your department.

Wellbeing document WFSA

Occupational Well-Being in Anesthesiologists looks at the stresses that challenge anaesthetists in their work. The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthetists (WFSA) developed an English language version of this document, (originally published by the Brazilian Society of Anesthesiology and the Federal Council of Medicine in Brazil). We recommend anaesthetists, their colleagues, partners and managers read this publication for an insight into the pressures of the job and how to manage them.

Wellbeing Special Interest Group

The Wellbeing Special Interest Group (SIG) works to raise awareness of the personal and professional issues which can affect the wellbeing of anaesthetists and intensivists. The SIG is supported by the three parent bodies of anaesthesia in Australasia: the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) (40%), the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) (50%) and the NZSA (10%). The SIG is an informative, educative and referral group which offers a wide range of wellbeing resources; it has no therapeutic role. Read more about the SIG and access wellbeing resources here.

If you have a resource you think would be of value for us to share with members please contact the NZSA office nzsa@anaesthesia.nz.

Wellbeing resources from the Medical Protection Society

Did you know that the Medical Protection Society provides wellbeing resources? Their resources make it easier for you to assess your own wellbeing and get the right support if you need it.

In conjunction with the Medical Assurance Society (MAS), MPS also offers counselling to any members experiencing work-related stress, or stress that they feel could impact their practice.

The counselling service is provided with the assistance of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. The counselling service is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To get more information call Medical Protection on 0800 2255 677 or email advice@mps.org.nz

Visit their wellbeing hub website page to view their resources including an app.

COVID mental health resources from Ministry of Health

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on how we interact with others, go about our lives, our work, study and many other aspects of our lives. We know that a combination of stress and uncertainty can have significant and wide-reaching impacts on the mental wellbeing of people in New Zealand.

The Ministry of Health have a comprehensive list of mental health and wellbeing resources  including self help tools and apps. Find here

Fight fatigue resources

The Association of Anaesthetists launched its Fight Fatigue campaign some years ago and the NZSA has endorsed the campaign's resources to help fight fatigue within our own anaesthesia workforce.  You can download the complete Fight Fatigue resource pack or download individual resources including useful tips to aid sleeping, nightshift nutrition and rest facilities. These are of value for both individuals and departments. Visit the website here

Additional Information

Welfare Special Interest Group links and resources

Looking after your wellbeing (resource of the Wellbeing Special Interest Group)

Long Lives, Health Workplaces (toolkit tailored for anaesthetists and anaesthesia departments in Australia and New Zealand)

Doctors Advisory Health Service (a confidential telephone helpline for doctors and medical students for Australia and NZ)

Medical Protection Society

MPS is a protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals. MPS protects and supports the professional interests of more than 300,000 members around the world. MPS benefits include access to indemnity, expert advice and peace of mind. Highly qualified advisers are available to talk through questions or concerns. Please visit their contact page for more information.

Association of Salaried Medical Specialists - ASMS

ASMS  is a professional association and union representing and uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand. To find out more about ASMS click here.

In August 2016 ASMS released a report on burnout in NZ’s senior medical workforce, which can be read below.

  1. ASMS Burnout Q&A
  2.  Welfare/ASMS-report-on-research-into-burnout-in-NZs-senior-medical-workforce.pdf