Our key achievements and initiatives

Click through to see some of FPM and ANZCA's key achievements from the past year, and take a sneak peek at what we've got planned for 2017. 
 

Key 2016 achievements

  • A highly successful Auckland annual scientific meeting (ASM) attended by 1700, including four Indigenous doctors and medical students on ANZCA scholarships. It was the world’s top trending healthcare conference on Twitter.
  • A record $A1.7 million awarded to pain and anaesthesia Fellows for 2017 research grants through the ANZCA Research Foundation.
  • Thousands of Fellows and trainees attended four special interest group conferences, 18 regional scientific meetings, FPM’s Spring Meeting and Refresher Course Day, Clinical Trials Network and ANZAAG meetings and more than 40 trainee courses run by ANZCA and FPM.
  • More than 50 formal submissions to Australian and New Zealand governments on issues including revalidation, workforce, safety and quality initiatives such as over-the-counter codeine, prescribed opioids, cannabis and other regulatory changes.
  • Continued safety focus with a milestone 4000 cleansed incident reports reached in the Anaesthetic Incident Reporting System, webAIRS, six professional documents reviewed and new resources including the ANZAAG-ANZCA Perioperative Anaphylaxis Management Guidelines and Airways Assessment document.
  • Promotion of anaesthesia and pain medicine through more than 30 media releases resulting in about 1000 media reports reaching millions of readers, listeners and viewers.
  • The ANZCA Library introduced LibGuides and delivered 100 literature searches in a 10-month timeframe.
  • World recognition for FPM with the European Pain Federation using its revised curriculum as the basis for its diploma and the Faculty selected for the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s Robert G Addison, MD Award.
  • More than 50 per cent of new Fellows completed the Graduate Outcomes Survey for ANZCA and FPM and showed increasing satisfaction with training and services provided.
  • Forty hospital accreditation visits completed using the new online training site accreditation system.
  • Enhanced community engagement through social media. A Facebook and YouTube presence were established and Twitter expanded.

Key 2017 initiatives

  • ANZCA to celebrate 25 years as a college with the 25 years of ANZCA leadership book to be published for all Fellows, trainees and special events around Australia and New Zealand.
  • Redesign of the ANZCA and FPM websites, building on a website technology refresh in 2016, for a better user experience for Fellows and trainees and improved community advocacy.
  • Survey of ANZCA and FPM Fellows to be undertaken.
  • Emergency management of anaphylaxis e-learning module on to be launched for use in continuing professional development (CPD).
  • The 2017 ASM, “Think Big” in Brisbane will deliver more workshops, masterclasses and simulation opportunities than ever before.
  • Publication of the popular 2017 Australasian Anaesthesia (the Blue Book).
  • Launch of an SMS safety alert system.
  • Expansion of ANZCA Educators Program, which equips ANZCA clinicians with the skills and knowledge to teach, with more local facilitators trained. This builds on the 19 Fellows who taught 150 participants in 2016.
  • New diploma of Advanced Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine to be launched.
  • Improvements to the ANZCA Training Program and the technology to support it to be launched.
  • Launch of Lives of the Fellows: 1992, an online project uncovering the stories of the men and women who formed the College and a select number of oral histories of Fellows involved in the establishment of the College.
  • ANZCA to host the International Medical Symposium of the Tri-Nation Alliance with the local colleges of psychiatrists, physicians and surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  • Advocacy for increased pain services through a proposal to Australian and New Zealand governments on the establishment of additional pain management units and training places to build on two to be established in Nambour and Townsville with Australian government funding.
  • Education of primary healthcare professionals to expand through a Better Pain Management program marketing campaign.
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