NZSA Trainee Grant
New Zealand anaesthetic trainees, who are NZSA members, are invited to apply for the 2019 NZSA Overseas Aid Trainee Grant (NZ $1000.00) to pay towards the costs of attending the Pacific Society of Anaesthetist’s 30th Annual Conference at the Shangri-La Hotel, Yanuca Island, Fiji, 26-30 August 2019. Applications close 30 May 2019. More details in this Trainee Grant Flyer.

Locums needed to cover for Pacific Conference
Working as a locum during the PSA meeting (26-30 August 2019) allows Pacific trainees and colleagues to attend the annual PSA meeting (their only opportunity for CME and to meet and network with their fellow Pacific colleagues).

This year locums are required for: Cook Islands (1), Lautoka Hospital, Fiji (3), Kiribati (1), Niue (1), Samoa (1), Tokelau (1), Tonga (1), Vanuatu (1). The NZSA provides support with information about host hospitals and PSA, with information and support for registration and accommodation.

The locum is a recognised CPD activity under the knowledge and skills section of the ANZCA CPD program. Overseas aid work: The broadening of knowledge and skills via contribution to aid efforts. Credits:  1 credit per hour, maximum cap of 10 credits per year. Evidence: Correspondence confirming participation in overseas aid commitment.

The NZSA will provide a letter of support on receiving your completed locum information sheet. If this is something you would like to help with, please email or or by 5 May 2019. Please include a letter expressing intent, your current place of work and position, and details of past overseas work in low and middle-income countries (if any).

Anaesthetists say patients at risk after flawed oxygen guidelines
Patients may have been placed at risk of serious harm because of flawed advice to administer highly concentrated oxygen after surgery. The concerns relate to World Health Organization guidelines to administer 80% oxygen to patients in the hours after an operation. Read more here

News update from WFSA
The NZSA is proud to share the 2018 report of the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA). Highlights include: marking the 100th SAFE Course, increasing successes in National Surgical, Obstetric and Anesthesia Planning (NSOAPs), and continued global advocacy for access to safe, timely and affordable anaesthesia. Read more: WFSA 2018 Highlights booklet.

SPANZA endorses one hour clear fluid fasting consensus statement
The Society for Paediatric Anaesthesia of New Zealand and Australia (SPANZA) has examined the APA-ESPA-ADARPEF joint consensus statement on clear fluid fasting in children, and associated special interest article: Thomas M, Morrison C, Newton R, Schindler E. Consensus statement on clear fluids fasting for elective pediatric general anesthesia. Pediatr Anesth. 2018;28:411–414.

SPANZA adds its endorsement to this joint consensus statement agreeing that “based on the current convincing evidence, unless there is a clear contra-indication, it is safe and recommended for all children able to take clear fluids, to be allowed and encouraged to have these fluids up to one hour before elective general anaesthesia.”

Fight Fatigue Campaign
Fatigue is a key contributor to poor mental and physical health, as well as poor clinical performance. A campaign to ‘Fight Fatigue’ is being run by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain to raise awareness of fatigue and the problems that it can cause for doctors and patients, and to offer practical solutions to help address fatigue. The NZSA is endorsing this campaign. Find out more here

AAGBI encourages positive attitudes towards rest across the medical workforce. We encourage you to look at the AAGBI’s resources, which you may be interested in promoting and using in your department. These resources are useful in learning about the risk factors associated with fatigue and how individuals can best manage their own fatigue. Resources include: a checklist adapted for clinicians to assess fatigue and fitness to work, tips for clinicians working night shifts, and tips to aid restful sleep. Find out more here

Ora Taiao – Environmental sustainability and health
Ora Taiao (the NZ Climate and Health Council), which comprises of health professionals, is focused on addressing the negative impacts of climate change on health, and the health gains that are possible through strong, health-centred climate action. Ora Taiao has written an open letter which calls on the Ministry of Health to set greenhouse gas emission (GHG) targets for DHBs, in line with commitments under the Paris Agreement. NZSA member and Ora Taiao member Dr Matt Jenks says that they hope to present the open letter to the Ministers of Climate Change and Health by the middle of the year. You can read and sign the letter here. Find out more about Ora Taiao’s work on their website.

Bullying of senior doctors rife in public health system, report finds
A survey of senior doctors and dentists working in New Zealand’s public health system found more than a third had been bullied at work, and two-thirds had witnessed others being bullied. The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) report, Bullying in the New Zealand senior medical workforce: prevalence, correlates and consequences, is available on the ASMS website at