About the NZSA
The New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists advocates and represents member interests across economic, professional, legal and workforce issues, to support our specialty and quality patient care. In our member survey, members expressed strong support for the Society’s advocacy role and maintaining our strong stakeholder relationships, both domestic and international.
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 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 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 Council of ANZCA, and its New Zealand National Committee, and we attend council meetings of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists. We also have ongoing liaison with other medical and allied health professional organisations, both nationally and internationally.