National Obstetric Anaesthesia (NOA) Network
NOA provides national representation of obstetric anaesthetists and aims to consolidate and amalgamate best practice, share guidelines, provide support for clinical practice in difficult cases, and to encourage and support members to foster training and education. This is particularly important for obstetric anaesthetists working in isolated regions.
NOA is jointly supported by the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists New Zealand National Committee (ANZCA NZNC), with both organisations taking turns to host the annual three to four face-to-face network meetings. The network also has a joint meeting with Midwives and the Obstetricians once a year which the Society and College helps to sponsor. The NZSA provides secretariat services for the network and updates to the membership.
NOA meetings are held in Wellington, the dates for 2019 are as follows: 18 March – ANZCA Office; 12 August – Wellington Airport Conference Centre; 18 November – ANZCA Office.
The Chair of NOA is Dr Aidan O’Donnell (pictured above), Lead Obstetric Anaesthetist at Waikato Hospital. Aidan is also the author of Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction and the assistant editor of the Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia.
Epidural Pain Relief in Labour – NZSA and WDHB is available on Vimeo. The video was recorded in 2006 as an educational tool for patients and maternity caregivers.
OAA have given us permission to use two of their factsheets OAA NZSA Pain Relief in Labour – How do the options compare? and OAA Epidural Information. These are also available to women under the patient section of this website here.
Your Epidural is a brochure for patients. Feel free to download a copy.
The current list of members are:
|Waikato DHB||Waikato||Aidan O’Donnell|
|Auckland DHB||Auckland City Hospital||Matthew Drake|
|Capital & Coast DHB||Wellington Hospital||Douglas Mein|
|Mid Central DHB||Palmerston North Hospital||Alison Davies|
|Counties Manukau DHB||Middlemore Hospital||Anne Hart|
|Wairarapa DHB||Wairarapa/Masterton Hospital||Ashveer Dunpath|
|Mid Central DHB||Palmerston North Hospital||Catherine Eckersley|
|Waitemata DHB||North Shore Hospital||Clare Fisher|
|Taranaki DHB||Taranaki Base Hospital||David Freschini|
|Capital & Coast DHB||Wellington||Dean Walsh|
|Whanganui DHB||Whanganui Hospital||Deborah Gardiner|
|BOP DHB||Whakatane Hospital||Denise White|
|Lakes DHB||Rotorua Hospital||Duane English|
|Taranaki DHB||Taranaki Base Hospital||Emma Patrick|
|Counties Manukau DHB||Middlemore Hospital||Fiona Gilmour|
|Southern DHB||Southland Hospital, Invercargill||Fungai Chikosi|
|Hutt Valley DHB||Hutt Hospital||Han Truong|
|BOP DHB||Tauranga Hospital||Heidi Omundsen|
|Southern DHB||John Wilson|
|Nelson Marlborough DHB||Nelson Hospital||Katie Ben|
|Auckland DHB||Auckland City Hospital||Morgan Edwards|
|Canterbury DHB||Christchurch Hospital||Nigel Skjellerup|
|Hawke’s Bay DHB||Hawke’s Bay Hospital||Sarah Sew Hoy|
|Northland DHB||Sharon Dempsey|
|Waitemata DHB||North Shore Hospital||Tim Parris-Piper|
|Taranaki DHB||Taranaki Base Hospital||Tom Lupton|
|South Canterbury DHB||Timaru Hospital||Thomas Gough|
|West Coast DHB||Grey Base Hospital||William B. McIlvaine|
If you would like any further information regarding the National Obstetric Anaesthetists (NOA) Group or have any suggestions for the members of this network please email: firstname.lastname@example.org