The NZSA provides trainee anaesthetists with a strong voice with our Trainee Reps serving on the NZSA Executive Committee Our trainee reps are in regular contact with other trainee groups, including the ANZCA Trainee Committee and the NZ National Trainee Committee.
Trainees are welcome to contact the NZSA with any issues or concerns they would like to raise (see contact details of our current TR and Deputy TR below). Our trainee reps are full voting members of the NZSA Executive, and at least one of them attends face-to-face meetings, and teleconferences. Our trainee reps also write a regular column for the NZSA magazine.
The TR communicates directly with the heads of other anaesthesia trainee organisations, such as the ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee, TMG (Trainee Members Group – the trainee arm of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists) and GAT (Group of Anaesthetists in Training – the trainee arm of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland). In addition, the TR is an invited observer to meetings of TMG, ANZCA Trainee Committee, ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee; and the NZ Medical Association Doctors-in-Training Council Annual Trainee Forum.
Role of the NZSA Trainee representatives include:
a) Presenting the views of Trainee members on NZ medico-political issues and acting as Trainee advocates
b) Organising the annual NZ Part 3 Course (with the ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee)
c) Maintaining and updating the NZSA Trainee Portal, including:
d) Ongoing contribution to publications such as NZSA magazine, ANZCA NZ Trainees Handbook, TMG Handbook, and GAT Handbook
The NZSA Trainee Representatives represent you – please feel free to contact them. Our reps are:
If you are interested in NZSA Trainee Representation, please contact a current Trainee Representative. You’ll have a desire to contribute to our profession and support your colleagues, along with some spare time!
Other Trainee Organisations
The ANZCA Trainee Committee (ATC) and the ANZCA New Zealand Trainee Committee (NZTC)
These were formed in 2005 and each region in Australia has a committee, as does New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Their role is to provide a link between trainees and the core functions of ANZCA, as well as look after the welfare of trainees.
The ANZCA NZTC’s major work has been to produce the trainee handbook, Anaesthesia Training in New Zealand Made Easy, which aims to guide trainees through their anaesthesia courses. It is an excellent publication and recommended reading.
The NZSA Trainee Representative is an invited observer to both the ATC and NZTC meetings.
The Trainee Members Group (TMG)
TMG was formed in 2000 as the representative body within the ASA to address the needs of trainees within Australia.
It aims to give trainees an official independent voice and a forum for discussion. TMG is dedicated to understanding and meeting the needs of trainee anaesthetists. It assists trainees industrially, socially, with health and lifestyle issues, educationally, scientifically, with practice matters, and politically.
A bi-yearly handbook for trainee members, sent out to all ANZCA trainees, is a collaborative project between TMG, the ATC, and the NZSA.
The Doctors in Training Council (DiTC) of the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA)
The DiTC links all future consultants and GPs in New Zealand. They have members from diverse backgrounds, at different stages in their careers. Each year there is a Trainee Forum, where trainee reps from every college and organisation representing trainees and medical students in New Zealand meet to discuss issues which affect us all. This is a very important mechanism of cross-fertilisation between specialities. It is attended by the NZSA Trainee Rep and the ANZCA NZ Trainee Committee Chair representing all NZ anaesthesia trainees.
The New Zealand Resident Doctors Association (RDA)
The RDA is the major representative association for Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) in New Zealand. Most RMOs are members of the RDA. The most important role of the RDA is negotiation of the Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) which covers RMOs employed by DHBs across New Zealand.