Trainee Representatives

The NZSA has two trainee representatives on our Executive Committee.  They provide a strong voice for trainees and keep the NZSA updated on key trainee issues and concerns. Our reps are full voting members of the NZSA Executive, and at least one attends each Executive meeting.

Our reps are in regular contact with other trainee groups, including the ANZCA Trainee Committee and the NZ National Trainee Committee.

Trainees are welcome to contact our NZSA reps with issues or concerns (see contact details of our trainee reps below).

The TR communicates with the heads of anaesthesia trainee organisations, such as the ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee, TMG (Trainee Members Group – the trainee arm of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists) and GAT (Group of Anaesthetists in Training – the trainee arm of the Association of Anaesthetists UK). In addition, the TR is an invited observer to the meetings of organisations such as the ANZCA Trainee Committee, ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee; and the NZ Medical Association Doctors-in-Training Council Annual Trainee Forum.

Role of the NZSA Trainee representatives include:

a) Presenting the views of Trainee members and being their advocate

b) Organising the NZ Part 3 Course (with the ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee) – held every two years

c) Maintaining and updating the NZSA Trainee webpages

d) Ongoing articles to publications such as NZSA magazine, and ANZCA NZ Trainees Handbook

Trainee rep contact details:

Trainee Representative: Dr Michael Ng
Deputy Trainee Representative: Dr Michael Wadsworth

If you are interested in being a future Trainee Rep, you’ll have a desire to contribute to our profession and support your colleagues, along with some spare time! Contact our reps to find out more about what the role entails.

Other Trainee Organisations

The ANZCA Trainee Committee (ATC) and the ANZCA New Zealand Trainee Committee (NZTC)

These were formed in 2005 and each region in Australia has a committee, as does 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 trainee welfare

The ANZCA NZTC’s major work 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 both the ATC and NZTC meetings.

The Trainee Members Group (TMG) 

TMG is the representative body within the ASA to address the needs of trainees within Australia. It aims to give trainees an official independent voice and a forum for discussion. TMG is dedicated to  meeting the needs of trainee anaesthetists. It assists trainees across many areas education, wellbeing and practice matters.

A bi-yearly handbook for trainee members, sent out to all ANZCA trainees, is a collaborative project between TMG, 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 reps 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 Rep and the ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee Chair representing 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 negotiation of the Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) which covers RMOs employed by DHBs across New Zealand.