New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) – Level 1, Central House, 26 Brandon Street, Wellington 6011
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Private Practice Sub-Committee

The NZSA advocates for practice practice through our Private Practice SubCommittee (PPSC), which supports NZSA members working in private practice.

The PPSC represents the interests of private practitioners to health agencies and providers in areas of policy and regulation development, medical practices and equipment, and medications.  We also provide educational resources and a forum for members working in private practice.

The objectives of the PPSC are to provide:

  • a mechanism for members to liaise with health providers to achieve the best possible outcome for their patients; and
  • educational resources and forums for private practitioners.

Under no circumstances will the PPSC discuss or facilitate any contract, arrangement or understanding relating to the price of services provided by NZSA members or that might limit competition between NZSA members.  The PPSC will not negotiate on behalf of members and it is up to each member to independently determine its relationship with funding organisations.

The PPSC has the following members:

    1. Chair of Committee – Dr Mark Featherston
    2. Committee Member – Kaye Ottaway
    3. NZSA President  – David Kibblewhite
    4. NZSA Chief Executive Officer Ex Officio – Renu Borst

To stay within the guidelines of the Commerce Act 1986, the Committee sought legal advice and was given guidance on what the Committee could and could not do.

    1. The Committee can discuss industry-wide issues, share technical knowledge and information (apart from commercially competitive information) and advocate for its members on matters that do not relate to the basis on which services will be provided by members (including pricing).
    2. The Committee cannot negotiate on behalf of members the basis on which members will provide services, or articulate an industry position with regard to the pricing of services or the services that will , or will not be provided by individual members of either the Committee or NZSA.
    3. The Committee can, if it wishes to do so, discuss the mechanics of funding relationships between members and funders and the options available that each member can consider in terms of their personal situation.  It may not, however recommend or advocate that members adopt a particular stance or decision.
    4. It would also be legitimate for the Committee to provide information to members about relationships with funders and any new developments.  However, it must always be emphasised that the basis on which members contract and price their services is entirely a matter for each member to determine independently.
    5. To emphasise, the Committee must exercise extreme caution that it does not appear to be advocating for any particular course of action.
    6. Generally any options published by the Committee as to how members might approach particular issues should record that each member must make its own independent judgement with regard to its practice and the provision of services.

If you wish to join the PPSC, or get in touch with the PPSC, please email: nzsa@anaesthesia.org.nz