The NZSA supports overseas aid work through its Overseas Aid Subcommittee, Lifebox Project and Hugh Spencer Education Fund.

Pacific Aid

As a member of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), the NZSA is committed to improving anaesthesia services in Asia, and Australasia and considers our Pacific neighbours the main priority for educational assistance and collegial support.

Our assistance enables anaesthetists from Pacific nations to attend international educational meetings or refresher courses. We do this by sponsorship and arranging locum anaesthetists to cover lists while Pacific anaesthetists are away. The Society has also assisted in arranging emergency relief cover.

A number of New Zealand anaesthetists have 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 see their Facebook page here. The NZSA hosts this site as part of its ongoing commitment to the Pacific.

Hugh Spencer Education Fund (HSEF)

The Hugh Spencer Education Fund is managed by the NZSA through its Overseas Aid SubCommittee. Information on how to donate to the HSEF is here.

The Spencer Family Trust developed the fund to be used for Pacific Society of Anaesthetist’s projects. Hugh Spencer was a much loved and highly respected Anaesthetist. A tribute to him is in the NZSA Newsletter Aug 2013.  Hugh Spencer was a:

  • Life Member of the NZSA
  • Former Head of the Waikato Department
  • Life Member of the Pacific Society
  • Honorary Member of the Australian Society
  • Valiant servant of ANZCA in New Zealand, receiving an ANZCA citation in 2004
  • OMNZ 2010 for services to medicine.


Lifebox is a WFSA project that is supported by the NZSA as part of our Overseas Aid work.  Professor Alan Merry chairs the project and the team includes international representatives from Lifebox, Operation Smile, the Vietnamese Society of Anaesthetists (VSA) as well as members of the NZSA Overseas Aid Subcommittee and other anaesthetists involved in aid work.  To find out more about NZSA efforts click here.