• The next PANNZ face to face meeting will be on 1 November 2019.
  • Teleconferences may be scheduled up to four times a year.

PANNZ Background

PANNZ was formed by the NZSA and the Society of Paediatric Anaesthesia in New Zealand and Australia (SPANZA), following an open forum held at the SPANZA ASM in Auckland, October 2015. The concept of the network was unanimously supported at the meeting.


The main aim of the network is to maintain two-way collaboration and communication between paediatric anesthetist services within regions, and with colleagues in different regions, of the country. Effective communication and cooperation will ultimately help provide universal high-quality anaesthesia services to all children in the country, irrespective of their geographical placement. In addition, the network is a conduit for collaboration; facilitating observer-ships/secondments, peer-reviews/support groups for high risk/ complicated paediatric anaesthesia cases, and assistance with quality assurance and advocacy.


National level governance is coordinated by the National Coordinating Group (NCG) committee, with representatives from each District Health Board and a Private Practice group, also including NZSA and SPANZA representation. NZSA provides administrative support and hosts PANNZ pages on the NZSA website. SPANZA co-hosts the Update Meetings and provides secretariat support. The PANNZ webpage explains the aims and roles of the network, promotes upcoming activities and provides key contacts in paediatric anaesthesia.

Further information

There is a Pedi Crisis 2.0 app that was launched at the SPA-AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology 2019 meeting on Saturday 16 March. This free app was developed by the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and provides a checklist approach to critical events during perioperative care. It’s meant for real-time use during actual critical events but is also useful for self-study and review. Some features:

  • Diagnostic support
  • Optimized navigation
  • Weight-based dosing
  • Critical institution-specific phone numbers for emergency response

For each event, there’s a tab for diagnosis, treatment, summary of drugs and dosages, and additional crisis management information. The SPA members who created this app deserve a lot of credit, and you should check it out for yourself on the Apple Store or in Google Play.

NZSA members can use this link or questions can be directed to the Network Administrator on 

Membership information can be found here