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World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

Lifebox - July 2014 update to World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists...read here


NZSA - National Nember of Societies of the WFSA

The New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists Inc (NZSA) is a member of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), a unique organisation in that it is a society of societies. As a result, any NZSA member is automatically a member of WFSA.

The WFSA was formally constituted at the 1st World Congress of Anaesthesiologists held in 1955 in Scheveningen, the Netherlands. There are now 128 member societies.

The objectives of the WFSA are to make available the highest standards of anaesthesia, pain treatment, trauma management and resuscitation to all peoples of the world. These goals are achieved through the work of the WFSA standing committees - education, publications, safety and quality. Sub-specialty committees on obstetric anaesthesia, pain, paediatric anaesthesia, trauma and resuscitation provide a focus on their particular areas of expertise. 

WFSA maintains relationships with other organisations, including the World Health Organization, which has recently launched a new initiative entitled Safe Surgery Saves Lives. Anaesthesia is ranked as one of the most important contributors to safe surgery.

For more information about the WFSA click here.


Pacific Aid

As a member of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists the NZSA is committed to improving anaesthesia services in the region of Asia Australasia. NZSA has specifically identified our Pacific neighbours as a priority for educational assistance and collegial support.

Traditionally our assistance has enabled anaesthetists from Pacific nations to attend international educational meetings or refresher courses. This has been via sponsorship and the organisation of locum anaesthetists to cover lists while Pacific anaesthetists are away.

The Society has also assisted in the organising of emergency relief cover, in particular in the Cook Islands in recent times.

A number of New Zealand anaesthetists have recent experience working in Samoa, Rarotonga, Indonesia and Fiji and find contributing their skills and expertise to overseas aid a rewarding experience.

To find out about the Pacific Society of Anaesthetists and the services they provide, please click here. The New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists hosts this site as part of its ongoing commitment to the Pacific.

Launch of "Occupational Well-Being of Anaesthesiologists" English language version

The WFSA is delighted to announce the launch of the English language version of "Occupational Well-Being of Anaesthesiologists". Edited by Dr Gastao Duval Neto, Chair of the WFSA's Well-Being Committee, and published by the Brazilian Society of Anaesthetists, the book brings together 17 papers from leading academics and practitioners concerned with the very real issues facing the health of anaesthesiologists around the world.

The publication aims to stimulate the development of effective action on the part of world entities involved with anaesthesiology, in favour of the occupational health of anaesthesiologists and safety of their patients. For anaesthesiologists themselves it aims to promote awareness, conscious that awareness of any problem is the first step towards its solution.

As David Wilkinson, WFSA's President, writes in his foreword this is, "a subject which requires careful consideration by all who work in anaesthesiology to ensure that life or work events do not swamp either 

young or old lives." It is a unique publication, but most of all one that is meant to be used so that all in our area of medicine will know "how stress can be recognised, lived with and finally overcome". 

Not only essential literature, but a call for action, this is a "must read" for anaesthesiologists and those with whom they live and work.

Link: http://www.wfsahq.org/guidelines/professional-wellbeing-recommended-reading


May 2014 update:


Dear colleagues,

As some of you may already have heard, earlier today in Geneva, the WHA Executive Board unanimously passed the EB Agenda Item “Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia as a Component of Universal Health Coverage”.  This item will now proceed for consideration of a resolution at the 68th World Health Assembly in May 2015.  Per Dr. Cherian, Director of the WHO’s Emergency & Essential Surgical Care (EESC) program, “over 30 Member States and 6 NGOs, the Assistant Director General, and the Director General all voiced their support of the EB Agenda Item”.

Congratulations to all involved and a tremendous thank you to everyone who has played a part in garnering support for this important initiative!

Last Wednesday, there were two related events to raise awareness of the importance of surgical care on the global public health agenda.  The side meeting on 'Improving Safe Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia’ , held at the Palais des Nations, attracted more than 200 attendees.  A panel of speakers included Ministers of Health from Zambia, Nigeria, and Rwanda and speakers designated by the Ministries of Health of Australia, USA, Timor-Leste and Egypt. Each of the four NGOs in official relations with WHO: the International College of Surgeons (ICS), International Federation of Surgical Colleges (IFSC), International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT), and World Federation Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) made formal statements.  And further comments were heard from delegations representing the ministries of health of over 45 member states.

Wednesday evening, a well attended “Reception for Global Surgery and Anaesthesia Partners” was held at the InterContinental hotel which gave attendees, including official WHA delegates as well as representatives from civil society, additional opportunity to discuss the importance of surgical care.  Ambassador Jimmy Kolker of the US Office of Global Affairs made a formal statement of support, and additional statements were heard from the WFSA, ICS, IFSC, and the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IMFSA). 

Our gratitude goes out to the WHA representatives from Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and the US who officially co-sponsored the agenda item on surgery and anesthesia; to Dr. Emmanuel Makasa for shepherding the agenda item through to this successful outcome; and to Dr. Meena Cherian at the WHO for her leadership and dedication. We thank Dr. Felix Ruiz-Healy - Past President and Max Downham - Executive Director of the ICS, Dr. Bob Lane - IFSC President, Dr. David Wilkinson - WFSA President, and Drs. David Spiegel and Robin Peter who represented Prof. Maurice Hisenkamp - President of SICOT, for traveling to Geneva to participate in the WHA proceedings over the past week and for formally voicing the importance of incorporating surgical care into the global health agenda and national health agendas.  We are also appreciative of the formal statement from the IMFSA which was championed by Hampus Holmer, and the sponsors of the Wednesday evening reception including Gradian Health Systems, the Henry Family Foundation, and the Johns Hopkins global surgical team. 

When you have a moment, please take a look at the attached document to appreciate the wide number of countries who spoke on behalf of surgical care during the WHA side event. 

As for what’s ahead, Dr. Makasa has indicated that the member states who co-sponsored the agenda item will re-convene in the near future to review the draft resolution and consider the related comments and proposals made at the today’s Executive Board meeting.  He also emphasized that while there will be additional work required on the resolution itself, the real work will be in implementing it once it’s passed (hopefully May 2015).  I know that everyone on this email stands in full support of this important work ahead.  

Thank you all for your ongoing commitment, passionate advocacy, and extraordinary contributions.


Kathleen Casey, MD, FACS

To read more about this, click here.

June 2014 update:

67th World Health Assembly

Improving Safe Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia - 21 May, Geneva

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