About the NZSA
The New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists advocates and represents member interests across economic, professional, legal and workforce issues, to advance our specialty and the highest quality patient care. In our member survey, our members expressed strong support for the Society’s advocacy role and the work we do to build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships.
We advocate to government on issues such as the listing of drugs, workforce, assistants to the anaesthetist, the electronic health record and private practice issues. We meet regularly with the Minister of Health and opposition health spokespeople and respond to policy discussion documents, influencing issues affecting anaesthesia, the wider health sector and patient care.
Our advocacy is collaborative and we work closely with a range of stakeholders including the Ministry of Health, the Medical Council of New Zealand, ACC, the New Zealand Medical Association, Pharmac, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), and the New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association.
The NZSA has representation on the Council of ANZCA, and its New Zealand National Committee, and we attend Australian Society of Anaesthetists council meetings. We also have ongoing liaison with other medical and allied health professional organisations, both nationally and internationally.
We keep members informed of current advocacy issues in our E-Zine and our magazine New Zealand Anaesthesia.