How NZSA Advocates
The NZSA advocates on issues such as the listing of drugs, prescribing rights, workforce, standards of medical practice, health equity, assistants to the anaesthetist, and private practice. We meet with the Minister of Health and opposition health spokespeople, develop submissions in response to policy and legislation, influencing issues affecting anaesthesia, the wider health sector and patient care.
We work closely with stakeholders including the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the Ministry of Health, the Medical Council of New Zealand, ACC, the New Zealand Medical Association, Pharmac, and the New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association.
The NZSA has representation on the ANZCA Council, and its New Zealand National Committee, and attends council meetings of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists. We also have a representative on the specialist council of the NZMA, and liaise with other medical and allied health organisations, both in NZ and globally.