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ANZCA – Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), which includes the Faculty of Pain Medicine, is the professional body responsible for the specialities of anaesthesia and pain medicine. The college represents around 6700 specialist anaesthetists and pain medicine physicians (fellows) and 1700 trainees. ANZCA is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation.

The work of ANZCA includes setting the practice standards, training and continuing education of specialist anaesthetists and pain medicine physicians and supporting research that provides the evidence underpinning safety and standards.

The Faculty of Pain Medicine has a history of engagement with the community, particularly through its contribution to the National Pain Strategy and its membership of Pain Australia.

How ANZCA can help

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) serves the community by fostering safety and high-quality patient care in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain medicine.

Most people will need the care of an anaesthetist at some stage in their lives, including pain relief during the birth of a baby, for routine day-stay procedures or for major operations requiring complex, split-second decisions that keep patients alive.

Pain is the most common reason that people seek medical help, yet it is one of the most neglected areas of healthcare. One in five Australians live with chronic pain including adolescents and children, and this increases to one in three people aged over 65.

Vision and mission

ANZCA’s vision is to be a recognised world leader in training, education, research, and in setting standards for anaesthesia and pain medicine.

ANZCA’s mission is to serve the community by fostering safety and high quality patient care in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain medicine.

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Last reviewed: November 2020

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ANZCA | What is pain and how do we manage it?

There are three commonly recognised types of pain.

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Opioid Calculator

This opioid equianalgesic calculator is designed for specialist and general medical practitioners as well as for medical students, nurses and allied health practitioners engaged in the care of patients with persistent pain

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ANZCA | Anaesthesia and cosmetic surgery

This information has been developed by accredited specialist anaesthetists to help anyone who is considering cosmetic surgery in Australia or New Zealand. It will help you to understand the risks associated with anaesthesia, and the key questions you should ask before having a cosmetic procedure.

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ANZCA | Anaesthesia and smoking

Smokers are at increased risk of respiratory, cardiac and wound-related complications following surgery.

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ANZCA | What is anaesthesia?

​There are several types of anaesthesia that may be used individually or in combination, depending on the operation.

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ANZCA | Anaesthesia for cardiac surgery

Most adult heart surgery in Australia and New Zealand is performed for coronary artery disease and heart valve disease.

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ANZCA | About anaesthesia

Most of us will need the care of an anaesthetist at some stage in our lives. We've created this information to help you feel more relaxed about having surgery under anaesthesia.

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ANZCA | Preparing for your operation

Having surgery under anaesthesia can be a bit daunting. Especially if it’s your first time. But there are a few simple things you can do  to get yourself better prepared for your surgery.

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ANZCA | Patient resources

We've collated a range of resources for pain patients and their families.

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ANZCA | About pain medicine

One in five people in Australia and New Zealand will experience chronic – or persistent – pain at some stage in their lives.

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