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Aotearoa NZ Anaesthesia ASM 2021 | Whakaora to Heal

The theme for the meeting is Whakaora (To Heal): Our patients, Ourselves, Our City, Our Planet. Through the scientific programme and workshops, we will aim to challenge ourselves to care for our patients more effectively; to look after ourselves and each other; to consider the wider community and the world we live in. 

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ANZAEC Committee

ANZAEC (Aotearoa New Zealand Anaesthesia Education Committee) is an education website that highlights events the NZSA and ANZCA National Committee jointly administer, i.e Visiting Lectureships, BWT Scholarship and  Aotearoa Annual Scientific Meetings.  Visit the ANZAEC site here.  

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For more events, including international events, visit the website of the Anaesthesia Continuing Education Committee here.

4th Annual Hands on Counties Regional Anaesthesia Cadaver Course (CRACC), 4 Feb 2021

LOCATION: University of Auckland

A regional anaesthesia ultrasound course with scanning and needling of cadavers (plus some live models), as well as inspection of pro-sections to better understand the anatomy. The focus of the course is for novice to intermediate regionalists.

Course numbers are kept to 27 participants maximum to ensure groups are small (3 people per instructor or less) and to optimize individual time scanning and needling.

For questions about the course please email or sign up directly online here, and view the flyer.

PacMac Dates 2021 - 15 Feb, 19 April & 21 Sept

LOCATION: The Simulation & Skills Centre, Wellington

The course is open to consultants with an interest in paediatric anaesthesia and the occasional paediatric anaesthetist working in district health boards and private hospitals.

Anaesthetic technicians and nurses may attend as observers by prior arrangement.

Course information

This course is a refresher in managing common paediatric emergencies. In addition to maintaining skills and upskilling in contemporary management of paediatric emergencies, credits can be gained towards the ANZCA CPD programme.

The course is approved for credit of the ‘Emergency responses (management of anaphylaxis)’ section of the ANZCA CPD programme.

The course syllabus emphasises team work and use of Crew Resource Management principles for management of common in hospital as well as anaesthesia emergencies.

Please note that this is a latex environment.



Please note: online access to our learning management system, Connect Me, will be given for course information and pre-reading materials.


08.30am - 17.00pm


NZD $1250 (including GST)

Registration closing date is two weeks prior to course commencement date.

Please note: a minimum of 6 participants is required for the course. In the event of less than 6 participants the course may be deferred or cancelled.


The Simulation & Skills Centre

Level 9, CSB purple lifts

Wellington Regional Hospital

Riddiford Street, Newtown

Wellington 6021

New Zealand



15th February, 19th April and 21st September. 


Details on Wellington Simulation website.

Technicians and PACU nurses (2each) attend for free. 

Contact for place and registration for technicians. 

PANNZ Update meeting 5-6 March 2021

LOCATION: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, Lake End, Tutanekai Street, 3010 Rotorua

Saturday 6th March with workshops offered Friday 5th March.

A one-day course suitable for anaesthetists with an interest in paediatric anaesthesia and other staff (nursing/technical) wanting to upgrade their knowledge of current paediatric anaesthetic management.

The Paediatric Anaesthetist Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) main aim is to maintain two-way collaboration and communication between paediatric anaesthetist 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 observer-ships/secondments, peer-reviews/support groups for high risk/complicated paediatric anaesthesia cases, and assistance with quality assurance and advocacy.


Registrations are now open.  Click here to register


For further information please contact

SPANZA Secretariat
PO Box 180, Morisset NSW 2264
T: +612 4973 6573
F: +612 4973 6609


NZSA Secretariat
PO Box 10691, The Terrace, Wellington 6143
T: +64 4494 0124

Rapid Assessment by Cardiac Echo Course, 27-28 March 2021


RACE (Rapid Assessment by Cardiac Echo) is a transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) course specifically designed for the critical
care and acute care physicians. Its objective is to equip physicians in these areas with the skills and knowledge to perform focused
bedside TTE so that common cardiac and haemodynamic disorders can be identified quickly. There is a strong focus on HANDS-ON
practice in this course.

The content of RACEplus includes:
♦ Day 1: Basic (RACE) workshop which is suitable for physicians
with little or no prior knowledge of TTE but wish to learn critical care
TTE as an extension of their physical examination skills, plus
♦ Day 2: Intermediate module that includes:
✓Lung ultrasound
✓Echo in hypotensive patients
✓Focused assessment and feedbacks from instructors
✓Case interpretation workshop

Accreditations and CME points:
RACEplus is a recognized course in CME purpose by various
colleges in Australasia & other countries, including CICM, ACEM,

See the flyer for more details and registration 

4th Structural Heart Disease Asia Pacific Symposium - 8-10 April 2021

LOCATION: Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland

The SHD-AP Symposium is designed for all health professionals involved in the management of structural heart disease and relevant for all NZ cardiac anaesthetists. The program will include plenary lectures, a wet dissection workshop correlated to advanced cardiac imaging, CT workshop, live interventional simulator workshop for cardiac surgeons and trainee and live case transmissions.


Registration and paper submissions open 8 November 2020.

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Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Change Aotearoa Conference - 22-23 June 2021

LOCATION: University of Otago, Wellington & virtual option

The conference is open to anyone interested in ensuring New Zealand moves ahead with urgency to a low emission, resilient and equitable health system. Delegates will include clinicians, nurses, doctors, policymakers, researchers, architects, consultants, sustainability champions, operational managers, suppliers, procurement agencies, board members, and students – anyone who wants to create a healthy planet with healthy people.

Brief summary
The Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Conference Aotearoa is a two-day conference, open to anyone interested in ensuring New Zealand moves ahead with urgency to a low emission and equitable healthcare sector. The programme includes presentations, discussions, and opportunities to connect on sustainable healthcare and climate change and health.

The conference will focus on how sustainable healthcare can bring wide co-benefits to health, health equity, and well-being. Topics will range from mitigation to adaptation and from risk to opportunities and innovation. 

Registrations will open in January. More information to come.

Save the date: Aotearoa New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, 3-6 November 2021, Christchurch.

LOCATION: Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

This Meeting will be hosted jointly by the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA), the Auastralian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists New Zealand National Committee (ANZCA NZNC) and the New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians' Society (NZATS). Aotearoa NZ Anaesthesia ASM's are usually held in November each year, except when the ANZCA parent organisation holds its principal ANZCA annual scientific meeting in New Zealand, or when the NZSA is involved in a wider conference. CPD opportunities are available through your ANZCA CPD Portfolio.

The theme is "Whakaora, (To Heal): Our Patients, Ourselves, Our City, Our Planet."

Registrations are not yet open.  

Combined Scientific Congress (ASA and NZSA), 21-24 October 2022, Wellington

LOCATION: TSB Bank Arena, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington

This unique event will combine the best that the NZSA and ASA have to offer in anaesthesia education, research and science.

This meeting will offer material and content to fulfil your unique continuing professional development and self-directed learning needs and enhance your practice. But just as importantly, we hope it will strengthen the many ties that bind both the NZSA and ASA societies and reaffirm for us all what a privilege it is to be part of our unique profession.


Contact Raewyn Tse, Event Manager, Conference Innovators E:


For all enquiries please contact Denyse Robertson E:, T: +61 2 8556 9717