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World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

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 122 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.

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.

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