Why Join the NZSA?

The New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) is a membership-based professional organisation which supports medical practitioners practising anaesthesia in New Zealand.

The NZSA's point of difference

The NZSA is an independent voice for anaesthetists and the only organisation solely representing New Zealand anaesthetists on New Zealand specific issues. We represent you through advocacy, education and building a strong anaesthesia community through our networks. We are also the only anaesthesia organisation that represents New Zealand anaesthetists working in private practice.

Benefits of NZSA membership

As a member of your professional association you will be supporting our commitment to your specialty, optimal patient safety and care, and our wider NZ health system. Your support will help us build a strong, connected anaesthesia society - especially through our sub-specialty networks.

What else do we offer? You will be kept updated on current issues and news through our communication channels including our member publications (E-Zine and magazine), member emails and social media. 

You’ll also have access to the Members Only section of the website, which has resources such as the Relative Value Guide and the Health and Safety Resource which covers requirements under the Health and Safety of Work Act 2015.

As a member you also automatically receive a subscription to the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Journal. 

Financial benefits: Members receive a range of discounts for conferences (NZ and overseas), trainee courses, hotel chain accommodation and Koru Club membership. Find out more on the tab below 'What the Society does.'

Why should trainees join NZSA?

NZSA membership is free for trainees - who still receive the same membership benefits as consultant anaesthetists.

NZSA trainee members have the opportunity to see what the organisation offers and the vast majority keep their membership going once they become consultants. The NZSA provides trainees with a strong voice through our two Trainee Representatives which sit on our Executive Committee. They raise issues and concerns relating to trainees and help inform our work in supporting trainees.

Being an NZSA member means trainees can attend NZSA meetings, conferences and the Annual Scientific Meeting which are great platforms to meet colleagues. You can also apply for NZSA prizes and scholarships which are open only to NZSA members. 


What does the NZSA do?

The NZSA is a membership-based professional body for medical practitioners who practise anaesthesia in New Zealand. Our three key pillars of work are advocacy, providing educational opportunities and creating a community platform for members. We offer a strong, united voice for the specialty and keep you up-to-date on our work programme and wider health news through our communication channels - publications (E-Zine and magazine), member emails, website, social media (Facebook and Twitter), submissions and correspondence. 

Our key areas of work are outlined below. We also encourage you to read our President's annual report which sums up our key achievements:


  • Advocacy and representation for anaesthetists including with Government, the Ministry of Health, Medical Council of New Zealand, District Health Boards, Pharmac, Medsafe and the Office of the Health & Disability Commissioner. We have strong stakeholder relationships and invest the time in these relationships to be visible and have influence. 
  • Representation of NZ anaesthesia at ANZCA and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists Council meetings, as well as liaison with other medical and allied health organisations.
  • Submissions on a diverse, wide range of issues affecting the specialty and wider health system. View our latest submissions.


The NZSA is focused on building a strong and connected anaesthesia community in New Zealand - in addition to our work in advocacy and education, we host and support sub-specialty networks. These networks are made up of members who represent their DHBs and hospitals and enable anaesthetists to connect throughout the country to share information. This is particularly valuable for anaesthetists working in smaller, more isolated centres. Our current networks are: obstetrics, paediatrics, airway leads, inpatient pain management and environment and sustainability. You can find out more about these networks by visiting the community section of our website.


The NZSA supports, promotes and facilitates educational opportunities. We host the Part 3 Course for advanced trainees, member forums, and host and support annual conferences including AQUA and Annual Scientific Meetings. We also fund and sponsor research prizes and scholarships. As a member of the tripartite Anaesthesia Continuing Education Coordinating Committee (ACE), we support the 17 Special Interest Groups.

Other benefits

Private Practice: For anaesthetists who work in private practice we have two key resources: The Relative Value Guide, and the Health and Safety Manual. We also offer advice and resources (including an introduction to private practice), and assistance with medico legal issues related to private practice. 

Financial benefits: Koru Club, New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Hotels. 

Global anaesthesia connections and relationships

The NZSA is a member of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and an active contributor to WFSA, including educational initiatives and WFSA committees. We are also a member of the Common Issues Group whose membership includes the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA), the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS), the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) and the Association of Anaesthetists (Great Britain and Ireland) (AA).  The CIG shares information and resources, and works on projects together of common issues.

We support Pacific anaesthetists through our Global Health Committee and by providing free Associate Membership.

The Society is a stakeholder in the following groups:

  • 10% in ACE & Special Interest Groups (SIGS)
  • 10% in ANZTADC (Australia and NZ Tripartite Anaesthesia Data Committee)
  • 50% in ANZAEC (Aotearoa NZ Anaesthesia Education Committee)
    Membership fees can be claimed back from your DHB as a work related expense. So 
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