Key Affiliated Organisations in New Zealand


National Committee of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

NZNC ANZCA, Wellington

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) National Committee (NZNC)  has a close working relationship with the NZSA.  The committee and the Society host a joint meeting every year in June to discuss common issues.  The President of NZSA attends the NZNC Committee meeting and the NZNC Chair is invited to  the NZSA Executive meetings.

The two bodies have worked jointly on issues like workforce, and assistant to the anaesthetists and submissions.  For information on the New Zealand National Committee of ANZCA  click here.


New Zealand Medical Association

NZMA,  Wellington

The Society is an affiliated member of the NZMA and are invited to their Annual General Meeting.  There is a strong working relationship between both organisations with a sharing of resources and ideas.  The NZSA is also represented on the NZMA Specialist Council.


New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians’ Society

NZATS, Wellington

NZATS is the professional body representing Registered and Trainee Anaesthetic Technicians in New Zealand. It provides high quality continuing professional development opportunities, trainee education and support to its members and promotes the profession. NZATS advocates for high quality patient care in collaboration with other healthcare professionals and organisations.

The NZSA provides strong support for NZATS.  The first MOU signed in 2009 between the two organisations outlined the roles each organisation were going to play to cement their existing collaborative working relationship.  A revised MOU was agreed in 2013.

The NZATS back end administration is currently hosted at the NZSA office.  NZSA provides 10 hours admin support to NZATS for membership services and meetings as part of a sublease agreement.  NZSA also has a representative on the NZATS Executive Committee and is the conduit to the NZSA Executive Committee and the NZSA’s members.

For more information on Anaesthetic Technicians visit the NZATS website .  More information on technicians at this link.

History of the Anaesthetic Technician role

The Faculty of Anaesthetists and the NZSA first mooted anaesthetic technicians in 1970. The initial idea had been to establish a general technician who could scrub, act as nurse and provide assistance to the anaesthetist.

In 1972 the Department of Health recommended that a pilot technician programme be introduced in Auckland, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Invercargill. The scheme was for general technicians only, but never got off the ground due to lack of funding. In 1977, with pressure from anaesthesia, a pilot scheme began in Christchurch and Greenlane with approval from the Department of Health given in 1978 and the first examination in 1979. The course was 24 months of in-hospital training with 150 hours of theory and practical instruction.

Funding for training ceased in 1992 and the Anaesthetic Technicians’ Training Board was disestablished after resolving that all future training be at a Polytechnic Institute with distance learning.

The training committee was replaced with an interim board that eventually developed in to the NZATS.

The New Zealand Association of Anaesthetic Technicians and Nurses (NZAATN) was formed in 2000 with the amalgamation of the Anaesthetic Technicians Board and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetic Technicians. It was decided that this amalgamation would benefit all Anaesthetic Technicians in New Zealand. In 2003, a submission was made by the NZAATN to the Health Select Committee of Parliament on the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Bill, with a view to gaining parliamentary recognition for our profession, and compulsory registration for Anaesthetic Technicians in New Zealand. Following a recommendation by the Health Select Committee, the name of the society was changed to avoid confusion over the role that Anaesthetic Technicians undertake. The society became the ‘New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians’ Society.’ To read more

Key Affiliated Organisations Overseas


Australian Society of Anaesthetists

ASA Sydney

The NZSA has a strong working relationship with the ASA,  its sister organisation. The NZSA and ASA Presidents attend each others’ executive meetings and regularly exchange information and ideas. The ASA was formed in 1934 and is a not-for-profit member funded organisation dedicated to supporting and connecting Australian anaesthetists. They work to ensure the high standards of the profession are met and primarily focus on the economic, workforce and professional interests of their members. To read more.


Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

ANZCA Melbourne

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) is the professional organisation for around 5000 specialist anaesthetists (Fellows) and 2000 anaesthetists in training (trainees) for both Australia and New Zealand.  The NZSA President regularly attends the Council meetings in Melbourne.

For more information on ANZCA click here.

Common Interest Group


The CIG Societies are an affiliated group that NZSA has a growing relationship with.  The Societies are:

ASA (USA), ASA (AUS), AAGBI (UK), CAS (Canada), SASA (South Africa), NZSA (New Zealand)



Lifebox UK

Lifebox is a WFSA project that is supported by NZSA as part of its Overseas Aid programme of work.  Alan Merry chairs the project.  This project team comprises of international representatives from Lifebox, Operation Smile, Vietnamese Society of Anaesthetists (VSA) as well as  members of the NZS A  Overseas Aid Subcommittee and Anaesthetists involved in Aid work.  To find out more in NZSA efforts click here.


The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists


The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) unites anaesthesiologists around the world. As the only global alliance of its kind, the WFSA works with national, regional, and specialist organisations, to facilitate outreach, and to promote the highest standards of patient care.
The NZSA is a member of the WFSA and has two anaesthetists as representatives on WFSA.

The WFSA aims to make available the highest standards of anaesthesia, pain treatment, trauma management and resuscitation to people throughout the world. These goals are achieved through the work of the WFSA standing committees – education, publications, safety and quality. There are also sub-specialty committees on obstetrics, paediatrics and trauma and resuscitation. For more information about the WFSA click here.