Immediate Past President, David Kibblewhite (2015-2018), NZSA President, Kathryn Hagen (2018-2020), Future President, Sheila Hart (2020-2022)

Welcome to the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists

The New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) represents and supports the best interests of the community of medically registered anaesthetists in New Zealand and promotes the safety of their patients.  Our mission is to serve our members by facilitating education, providing advocacy and support for their wellbeing, and supporting optimal care of their patients.  

We promote continuing education, research and innovation for those working in the field of anaesthesia – anaesthetists, technicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and technology companies to ensure the safety of our perioperative patients.

Since its inception in 1948, the NZSA has been a voice for New Zealand anaesthetists, in particular on issues unique to New Zealand.  We communicate with government agencies on issues such as drug availability, funding, workforce , and respond to concerns over alternative providers of anaesthesia. We have also developed the “Relative Value Guide” (RVG), a template for funding Private Practice Anaesthesia.

The Society has strong global connections is a very active participant in the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (New Zealanders occupy two of the seven positions on the Executive Committee of WFSA). Our Overseas Aid Committee has close links with our Pacific Island colleagues, and Society members have undertaken important work to improve anaesthesia and resuscitation equipment in the Pacific region.  Members also provide locum cover so that anaesthetists from the Pacific can attend conferences.

The NZSA is an active participant in tripartite Australasian anaesthetic initiatives: Australia and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Collection Committee (ANZTADC); the Australasian Continuing Education Coordinating Committee (ACECC), and the NZSA President regularly attends meetings of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).