Paediatric Anaesthesia Network New Zealand (PANNZ)

The Paediatric Anaesthesia Network for New Zealand (PANNZ) was established to strengthen communication and collaboration between paediatric anaesthetists around the country. The network was formed by the NZSA and the Society of Paediatric Anaesthesia in New Zealand and Australia (SPANZA), following an open forum held at the SPANZA ASM in Auckland in October 2015. The concept of a PANNZ was unanimously supported at the meeting.

PANNZ members, who are also SPANZA members, can be contacted for SPANZA applications as nominees indicated below by ‘SM’.

The network will operate on the ‘bottom up’ concept with four autonomous regional committees: Southern, Central, Midlands and Northern. Regional committees will constitute representatives (the paediatric link-person) from every hospital in the region (including private hospitals with a paediatric case load), and will be coordinated by the following members:

Northern Region –  Kate Brunette (ADHB), Francois Stapelberg and Damien Simpson (Middlemore), Michele Atkins (Waitemata), Daniel Owens (Northland)

Midlands – Caroline Zhou (Tauranga), Andrew Martin  (Waikato), Allanah Scott (Deputy Chair – Hawkes Bay, SM), Tracy Jansen (Lakes), Claire Smith (Taranaki), Deon Stoltz (Tairawhiti)

Central Region – Terasa Bulger (Palmerston North), Kirsten Cunningham (Wellington, SM), Neroli Chadderton (Hutt Valley, SM), Mark Robertson and Aimee Clark (Nelson), Indu Kapoor (Wellington), Nitin Gadgil (Whanganui)

Southern Region – Jason Henwood (Chair – Dunedin, SM), Richard More (Invercargill), Richard Johnson (South Canterbury) and James Dalby-Ball (Christchurch, SM), TBC (West Coast)

Elsa Taylor (SPANZA SM),  Kaye Ottaway (SM Private Practice), Malcolm Stuart (SM NZSA and the Surgical Bus)

In addition, PANNZ is supported by a Paediatric Special Interest Group (SIG).

Cardiac kids for non-cardiac surgery – Sandy Garden, Chris Smit, Phil Wolstencroft.

Pain issues in Children – Jane Thomas, Charlotte Hill.

Syndromic kids – Henrik Hack and James Broadbent


  • PANNZ meetings are usually held in Wellington and the next face to face meeting will be held in October.


SPANZA Advisory on Tramadol

Subsequent to the FDA announcement on 20th April 2017 regarding the use of Codeine and Tramadol in children and in breastfeeding women ( Joint advice was sought from SPANZA, the ANZCA obstetric SIG, and the NZ National Obstetric Anaesthetist (NOA) network to provide feedback to Medsafe, for consideration.

SPANZA Advisory – Use of Tramadol during breastfeeding and in the neonate

SPANZA Advisory on Tramadol in Children May 2017


Starship Duty Anaesthetist email can be used for immediate advice.

We will be adding Passport Application Processes as they become available for the Christchurch and Hamilton DHBs – click on the highlighted location to view for:

Starship Hospital (ADHB)

Contact Meryl Gray (PA) submission of forms and practical details

Contact Jonathan Warren (Deputy Head of Department) available dates

Contact Karen Cassaidy (Administrator) with expressions of interest: 

Links to forms below:

Procedures for obtaining a STARSHIP PASSPORT, ADHB Visiting Clinician Personal Declaration, ADHB Security ID card Request FormADHB Pre placement health declaration form for contractors with patient contactADHB Identity DocumentsADHB Confidentiality Agreement 

Capital & Coast DHB: CCDHB Visiting Anaesthetist SMO Credentialing Form


Pedi Crisis 2.0 app

There is a Pedi Crisis 2.0 app that was launched at the SPA-AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology 2019 meeting on Saturday 16 March. This free app was developed by the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and provides a checklist approach to critical events during perioperative care. It’s meant for real-time use during actual critical events but is also useful for self-study and review. Some features:

  • Diagnostic support
  • Optimized navigation
  • Weight-based dosing
  • Critical institution-specific phone numbers for emergency response

For each event, there’s a tab for diagnosis, treatment, summary of drugs and dosages, and additional crisis management information. The SPA members who created this app deserve a lot of credit, and you should check it out for yourself on the Apple Store or in Google Play.

NZSA members can use this link or questions can be directed to the Network Administrator on 

Membership information can be found here

Please contact Allanah Scott  or the Administrator  for further information.

Indu Kapoor 1

Chair of Paediatric Anaesthesia Network for New Zealand (PANNZ)

2020-2022 Dr Allanah Scott, Hawkes Bay DHB

2018-2020 Dr Jason Henwood, Southern DHB

2016-2018 Dr Indu Kapoor, Capital Coast DHB

Aims and Roles of PANNZ

The main aim of the network is to maintain two-way collaboration and communication between anaesthetists providing paediatric anaesthesia services within regions, and with colleagues in different regions, of the country. Effective communication and cooperation will ultimately help provide universal high quality anaesthesia services to all children in the country, irrespective of their geographical placement. In addition, the network is a conduit for collaboration; facilitating observerships/secondments, peer-reviews/support groups for high risk/complicated paediatric anaesthesia cases, and assistance with quality assurance and advocacy.


National level governance is coordinated by the National Co-ordinating Group (NCG) committee, with representatives from each District Health Board and a Private Practice group, also including NZSA and SPANZA representation. NZSA provides administrative support and hosts  PANNZ pages on the NZSA website. SPANZA  co-hosts the Update Meetings and provides secretariat support.  The PANNZ webpage explains the aims and roles of the network, promotes upcoming activities and provides key contacts in paediatric anaesthesia.