Strengthened recertification requirements
The Medical Council has undertaken work to strengthen recertification requirements for vocationally registered doctors in New Zealand. The requirements build on existing systems and put emphasis on recertification activities that relate to the actual work doctors do and that are most likely to improve practice.

Accredited recertification programme providers are expected to work towards these requirements, with implementation by 1 July 2022. Read more here.

Implicit bias in healthcare
Learning modules on explicit and implicit bias in healthcare have been released by the Health Quality and Safety Commission. HQSC’s medical director Dr Iwona Stolarek says that it can be confronting and challenging as a clinician to accept that you might not treat all your patients equally. The modules encourage health professionals to examine their biases, and how they affect the healthcare they provide and interactions with patients. The three modules, which include interviews with clinicians, are: Understanding and addressing implicit bias; Te Tiriti o Waitangi, colonisation and racism; and experiences of bias. Watch here

End of Life Choice Bill passes
The End of Life Choice Bill passed at its third and final vote in parliament last week, and will go to a referendum at the 2020 General Election. Read more at The NZ Herald, on how the legislation could impact patients and clinicians.

WFSA President’s letter
Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) has written a letter to member societies about the WFSA’s wide ranging work to help achieve universal access to safe anaesthesia. Read here

New Inpatient Pain Network – inaugural meeting
The Inpatient Pain Network is a clinician led initiative, supported by the NZSA, which aims to connect clinicians and departments across NZ to discuss issues and share information on inpatient acute pain care.  In the inaugural meeting (22 November 2019, Jet Park Hotel, Auckland) the Network aims to cover issues relating to adult inpatient pain management and improving Inpatient Pain Services by strengthening cooperation between specialised pain nursing and acute pain physicians. Program and registrations here. For queries contact Lynne Wood membership@anaesthesia.nz or 04 494-0124.

Anaesthesia Visiting Lectureships – Rotorua
The next NZ Anaesthesia Lectureships on 11 December (5.00pm-7.00pm) will be hosted by Rotorua Hospital. Our two presenters are: Dr Matthew Drake on ‘What’s New in Obstetrics?’ and Dr Jane Thomas on ‘Paediatric Pain Management.’ Don’t miss these outstanding presentations. Lectureship information here. The Aotearoa NZ Anaesthesia Education Committee established the NZ Anaesthesia Visiting Lectureships to share knowledge and experience with anaesthesia departments and practices through outstanding presentations.