New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) – Level 1, Central House, 26 Brandon Street, Wellington 6011
04 494 0124 |

The NZSA champions the best interests of its members and the safe, optimal care of their patients. We are holding our annual not-to-be-missed forum ‘Behind the Scenes’ to update members on a range of issues impacting their everyday practice. A key focus will be competency, recertification and medical college accreditation – especially topical in light of the Medical Council of New Zealand’s proposed recertification changes for vocationally registered doctors. There will also be updates on assistants to the anaesthetist, neuromuscular blocking, ACC, our subspecialty networks and health IT. See the full programme below for the line up of speakers and topics. We look forward to seeing you there.

Cost:  NZSA Members $172.50  (GST Inc)         Non-Members: $287.50  (GST Inc)

Above prices are GST inclusive (Please note that the Stripe sends a link to your registration but NZSA will send you a tax invoice/receipt within 3-5 working days).  Email if you haven’t received your receipt.

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If you are speaking at the forum please register under the speaker category and complete the dietary requirements category.  

Forum Programmme

8.30-9.00 Registration and coffee
9.00-9.10 Introduction/welcome Dr David Kibblewhite, NZSA President
9.10-9.30 National Obstetrics Anaesthesia Network New Zealand (NOA) group update Dr Douglas Mein, NOA Chair, Capital & Coast DHB
9.30-10.00 Paediatric Anaesthesia Network of New Zealand update (PANNZ) Dr Nicola Crowley, Hutt Valley DHB, member of PANNZ
10.00-10.20 Assistants to the Anaesthetist update Dr Kathryn Hagen, ADHB, NZSA Vice-President and Incoming NZSA President
10.20-10.40 Health IT development update Dr Lara Hopley, Waitemata DHB
10.40-11.00 Morning tea
11.00-11.30 Neuromuscular blocking monitoring Dr Mark Waddington, Anaesthesia Associates, Canterbury DHB
11.30-12.00 Private hospital perspective on recertification and competence of visiting specialists.

Update on health and safety

Ian England, President, New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA)
Treatment Injury Prevention Programme, including MORSIM

ACC overview and update

Dr Nick Kendall, Manager Treatment Injury Prevention, ACC

Dr Mark Featherston, Chair NZSA Private Practice Committee

12.30-1.00 Lunch
1.00-1.30 Strengthening recertification for vocationally registered doctors Phillip Pigou, Chief Executive, Medical Council of New Zealand
1.30-2.00 ANZCA Continuing Professional Development programme Dr Vanessa Beavis, ANZCA training and accreditation committee
2.00-2.30 Competency-based medical education is here to stay Dr Jenny Weller, Professor, University of Auckland
2.30-2.45 Afternoon tea
2.45-3.15 The ageing anaesthetist, welfare and peer support Rob Fry, Epsom Anaesthetic Group, Auckland City Hospital – talk delivered by Dr Kaye Ottaway, NZSA Executive
3.15-4.00 Recertification and peer review – what our orthopaedic colleagues are doing Mr Rod Maxwell, New Zealand Orthopaedic Association (NZOA) Second President Elect, Chair NZOA Practice Visit Programme
 4.00-4.30  Questions and answers
4.30-5.00 Drinks and discussion

There will be time for questions and discussion following each presentation.

Programmme: ANZCA CPD: Knowledge and Skills: Workshops 2 credits/hour

Certificates will be emailed to attendees after the Forum.