Mentoring course for NZSA Members
The Society is committed to supporting the welfare and wellbeing of our anaesthesia community. It is well recognised that effective mentoring can foster strong connectivity and support for colleagues. We have partnered with the NZ Coaching and Mentoring Centre to offer a one-day mentoring course for members, which will improve your ability to build significant mentoring relationships and dramatically increase your confidence as a mentor.

When: 4 November 2019, 9am-4pm
Where: Auckland Conference Centre, 12 Nicholls Lane, Parnell, Auckland, Cost: $395 plus GST per person.

Enrol online you can pay instantly by Credit Card, or receive an invoice and pay by bank transfer. Or email events@coachingmentoring.co.nz, put NZSA event in subject line, and add your invoicing details. You can also email this address if you have any questions about the course.

WFSA President’s letter
Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) has written a letter to all member societies about the WFSA’s wide ranging work to help achieve universal access to safe anaesthesia. This includes the updated WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia which she describes as a “game changer” and a powerful advocacy tool. Read the letter here

Scientific fraud and online health misinformation
The prevalence of scientific fraud in medical journals, and how doctors can help to counter health misinformation online, were the key topics that attracted media coverage from the NZ A ASM + AQUA in late August. Professor Ed Mariano, from Stanford University, was interviewed on National Radio’s Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan about the need for doctors to be active on social media to counter health misinformation. He also appeared on Newstalk’s The Sunday Session  

Dr Andrew Klein, a Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist from the UK, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Anaesthesia, was interviewed on National Radio’s Sundays with Jim MoraHe talked about the high prevalence of fraudulent medical research, and what the sector can do to get rid of “fake data” published in medical journals.

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 at the 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.

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