The Trainee Representative (TR) role enables strong, effective trainee representation within the NZSA and increases collegiality between trainees of the NZSA, GASACT, the ANZCA Trainee Committee and the NZ National Trainee Committee. The voice of trainee anaesthetists is an important part of the NZSA Executive Committee and also enables the NZSA to better promote itself to trainees.
The involvement of trainees in the NZSA is welcome at any time (see contact details of current TR and Deputy TR below). Previous experience in the ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee or the NZ Resident Doctors Association is helpful but not essential.
The TR and Deputy TR are full voting members of the NZSA executive, and at least one of them attends face-to-face meetings, and teleconferences. This enables trainees to raise issues they face and also allows changes to occur quickly if required. Our trainee reps contribute a regular column to the NZSA magazine ( “Trainee’s Corner”).
The TR communicates directly with the heads of other anaesthesia trainee organisations, such as the ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee, GASACT (Group of ASA Clinical Trainees – the trainee arm of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists) and GAT (Group of Anaesthetists in Training – the trainee arm of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland). In addition, the TR is an invited observer to meetings of:
- ANZCA Trainee Committee
- ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee
- NZMA Doctors-in-Training Council Annual Trainee Forum (as a participant)
We have effective collaboration between these organisations at the trainee level, as occurs with the Presidents of the organisations.
Tasks and roles of the NZSA Trainee representatives include:
a) Presenting the views of Trainee members on New Zealand medico-political issues and acting as Trainee advocates
b) Organising the annual NZ Part 3 Course (with the ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee)
c) Maintaining and updating the NZSA Trainee Portal, including:
- Adding new articles to the journals section
- Adding relevant links to study resources
- Ensuring all information is up-to-date
d) Ongoing contribution to publications:
- NZSA magazine
- ANZCA NZ Trainees Handbook
- GASACT Handbook
- GAT Handbook
The NZSA Trainee Representatives represent you – please feel free to contact them. Our current reps are:
If you are interested in being part of NZSA Trainee Representation, please contact a current Trainee Representative. What is required is the desire to contribute to our profession and support your colleagues, along with some spare time!
Other Trainee Organisations
The ANZCA Trainee Committee (ATC) and the ANZCA New Zealand Trainee Committee (NZTC)
These have been in existence since 2005. Each region in Australia has a committee, as do New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Their role is to provide a link between trainees and the core functions of ANZCA, as well as look after the welfare of trainees.
2010 marked the first time an election was required for any of the ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee areas; this has occurred in our own back yard, with the NZ Trainee Committee of ANZCA. It is indicative of the enthusiasm with which the concept has been embraced in New Zealand.
The major work of the NZTC has been to produce the trainee handbook, Anaesthesia Training in New Zealand Made Easy, which aims to guide trainees through their anaesthesia courses. It is an excellent publication and recommended reading.
The NZSA Trainee Representative is an invited observer to the meetings of both the ATC and the NZTC.
The Group of Australian Society of Anaesthetists Clinical Trainees (GASACT)
GASACT was formed in 2000 as a body within the ASA to address the needs of trainees within Australia.
GASACT is the representative body for trainee anaesthetists and aims to give trainees an official independent voice and a forum for discussion. GASACT is dedicated to understanding and meeting the needs of trainee anaesthetists. It seeks to assist trainees industrially, socially, with health and lifestyle issues, educationally, scientifically, with practice matters, and politically.
They produce a bi-yearly handbook for trainee members and 2009 marked the first time that this was sent out to all ANZCA trainees, as a collaborative project between GASACT, the ATC, and the NZSA.
The Doctors in Training Council (DiTC) of the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA)
The DiTC links all future consultants and GPs in New Zealand. They have members from diverse backgrounds, at different stages in their careers. Each year there is a Trainee Forum, where trainee representatives from every college and organisation representing trainees and medical students in New Zealand meet to discuss issues which affect us all. This is a very important mechanism of cross-fertilisation between specialities. It is attended by the NZSA Trainee Representative and the ANZCA New Zealand Trainee Committee chair as representatives of all NZ anaesthesia trainees.
The New Zealand Resident Doctors Association (RDA)
The RDA is the major representative association for Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) in New Zealand. Most RMOs are members of the RDA. The most important role of the RDA is the negotiation of the Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) which covers RMOs employed by DHBs throughout New Zealand.