Benefits of fellowship

All fellows of the Faculty of Pain Medicine need to participate in a continuing professional development program (CPD). Fellows can complete the program of either their primary specialty college and/or through ANZCA. Fellows participating in the program of their primary speciality must also achieve the standard of the ANZCA CPD program.
The ANZCA CPD program has been devised to promote and implement proven and accepted educational standards, strategies and tools to assist fellows to plan and participate in professional activities that meet their learning needs to improve their practice.
The we provide a wide range of resources to support fellows in their CPD, including:

Behind the scenes, our fellows, trainees and staff are working hard to maintain and build the status of our professions and minimise risk through:
  • Regular meetings with policy makers, hospitals and consumer groups.
  • Policy submissions to government and non-government bodies in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Representation on international, national, state and local health organisations.
  • Support to those providing training in traditional and extended environments (the Specialist Training Program).


Membership of the faculty gives fellows access to resources that ensure our patients receive care of the highest safety and quality. These include faculty professional documents that set the standards for what we do as well as communicate these standards to others. You will also find joint professional documents with ANZCA and RACP.

There are many ways in which fellows can get involved with faculty activities such as nominate for election on the FPM Board or a regional committee or become a committee member, mentor or examiner. The faculty welcomes and provides support for such contributions.

The college supports research in anaesthesia, pain medicine, perioperative medicine and intensive care led by our fellows and trainees through the Research Committee grant funding program, the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network (CTN), the scholar role in the training curriculum, and the ANZCA Research Foundation

Research is a pillar underpinning ANZCA’s mission and is promoted through scientific meetings and supported by foundation fundraising and donors. ANZCA provides significant support for research through contributions to grant funding, and support for the administration of the foundation.

To view a list of fellows please visit the Fellowship directory and select qualification “Faculty of Pain Medicine” from the drop down menu.

Our communications activities keep fellows and trainees up-to-date and lift the profile of pain medicine with policy makers and in the wider community. This work include Synapse, Essential Pain Management and Training E-Newsletter and the quarterly ANZCA Bulletin.

Healthy doctors ensure a sustainable workforce that provides best patient care. We support our doctors' health and wellbeing by offering numerous services and resources available to our fellows, trainees, specialist international medical graduates and immediate family members. We are currently developing an interim draft Doctors' Health and Wellbeing Framework based on beyondblue's “First responders’ good practice model for mental health and wellbeing”.

A free Doctor’s Support Program is available through Converge International – a confidential and independent counselling and coaching program free for all ANZCA and FPM fellows and trainees, SIMGs and immediate family members.

The ANZCA Library provides access to a range of print and online resources, including books, journals, guides and databases, as well as specialist services to suit the clinical information needs of Fellows. Access the library online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History offers promotion of history and heritage through regular exhibitions and the oral histories series.

Use your college ID to access our photo library which has been developed for fellows’ professional use, such as in slides and brochures. It will be added to over time. 

Fellowship is an immediately recognised hallmark of a specialist of the highest professional standing. Only fellows of FPM can use the post-nominals FFPMANZCA, which are recognised worldwide.
To access the FFPMANZCA logo (password protected) please click here.

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