The RDA MECA provides for full reimbursement of all training costs. This includes attending examination prep courses and EMAC or EMST.  Some DHBs will fund other courses on a case-by-case basis, guided by recommendations from their Anaesthetic Department.

Senior registrars in their 5th year or above are also entitled to $6,500 and eight days conference leave, to attend conferences. The clause comes into effect one year after passing the Primary Examination.

Course information

NZ Part 0 Course

ANZCA hosts the Part 0 Course for new trainees in each of the four rotations in New Zealand.  For information, see the events section of ANZCA’s website.

NZ Part 3 Course

NZSA hosts this one-day interactive course every two years. It is ideal for advanced trainees to gain insight into the opportunities and issues they may have during the transition from RMO to SMO. The next Part 3 Course will be held in 2021.

Other courses


Airway Skills Course (

Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) (

BATS ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia workshop (

Annual Queenstown Update in Anaesthesia (AQUA)

Provides updates on a wide range of topics relevant to contemporary anaesthetic practice. A discounted registration fee applies to NZSA members. Details can be found here

Auckland City Symposium

This annual meeting is held in Auckland, usually in March. The programme for registrars (the “Anaesthetic Registrars’ Day”) takes place the day before the main programme, and is usually free, whereas participants pay a fee for the main programme.  The 2016 programme can be found here

Annual Registrars Meeting

This meeting is held in late November or early December in Auckland. The morning session usually consists of lectures on topics relevant to trainees. The afternoon scientific session allows trainees to present their research to an audience of specialists and trainees, which will be taken into account for their Formal Project assessment.