Overseas Development and Education Committee

The Overseas Development and Education Committee (ODEC) oversees all aid, including educational, financial, material or skill based, outside Australia and New Zealand which involves ASA members or resources. It acts jointly and cooperatively with ANZCA, the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists, the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and other aid organisations.  The main focus of the ASA Overseas Development and Education Committee (ODEC) is to support and promote anaesthesia training in the Pacific. Over 75% of the substantial ODEC budget goes towards Pacific anaesthesia and this support has seen significant achievements.

"The Value of Short Courses/Service Missions: A Fiji Perspective"

As presented at ASA's NSC in Perth, October 2017 by Dr Victor Fesaitu
Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Hyperbaric Services, CWM Hospital, Fiji Islands

ASA Guidelines on Humanitarian Work

There are many opportunities for ASA, NZSA and ANZCA members and Fellows to work and teach overseas. Anaesthetists often ask for advice as to how to select and assess possible trips. This document aims to provide Fellows and members with some broad principles to help with their deliberations. 

Applications for funding
ODEC welcomes applications for support and gives preference to projects that:  

  • Support the development of anaesthesia and resuscitation in the Asia Pacific Region  
  • Have limited alternative funding possibilities  
  • Are sustainable over the long term with good prospects of self-sufficiency  
  • Have a strong teaching/education component
  • Involve members of the ASA or members of anaesthesia societies of the host country.


Fund a Fellow

Click here for update on WFSA Fellowships and the impact they have on the provision of safe anaesthesia globally


Lifebox is a not-for-profit organisation saving lives by improving the safety and quality of surgical care in low-resource countries. The introduction of Lifebox pulse oximeters to hospitals in low-income and middle-income countries will make a major contribution to the quality and safety of anaesthesia and surgical care.

Since 2011 more than 15,000 Lifebox pulse oximeters have been distributed to over 3000 hospitals, and more than 5,000 health workers have been trained in how to use them effectively.
Read the Lifebox ANZ Report for 2017.

You can help by donating through the ASA. For further information on Lifebox please visit the Lifebox page. 


2017 / 2018 Events, Courses,Workshops and ongoing Projects

Essential Pain Management program

The Essential Pain Management (EPM) program is a multidisciplinary educational program initially designed for health workers in low and middle income countries. It is also now being used in a number of high income country universities (including 13 medical schools in the UK, Australia and New Zealand). It has been developed to improve pain management worldwide by working with health workers at a local level to:
• Improve pain knowledge
• Provide a simple framework for managing pain
• Address pain management barriers

The first program was in Lae, Papua New Guinea, in 2010. EPM was subsequently introduced into the curriculum of the University of PNG medical school in February 2016. As of February 2017, EPM  has been introduced to 47 countries and there have been 230 EPM workshops, involving 7638 participants. There have been 56 Instructor workshops, which have trained 1077 local instructors. EPM is funded by a number of organisations including the ASA, ANZCA, IASP, WFSA, DFAT and RACS. For further information, contact details and access to the EPM Newsletters please go to the Essential Pain Management website

Solomon Islands Anaesthetic Training Centre (SI ATC)

Region: Honiara, Solomon Islands Project commenced December 2015 - funding initially for 5 years with possible extension for a further 5 years. A collaborative project of the Anaesthetic Department of the National Referral Hospital (NRH) and the ASA to formally establish an Anaesthetic Training Centre for Registrars in the Solomon Islands (SI) at the NRH for the purpose of training Anaesthetists prior to their entering into a formal Post-graduate Anaesthetic Training Programme at either the Fiji School of Medicine (FSM) under the Fiji National University (FNU) in Suva or the Medical Faculty of the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) in Port Moresby. For further information please email Maxine Wade, ODEC Committees Assistant.

Laos Project

Region: Laos PDR- nationwide but main focus anaesthesia training program based in Vientiane
Duration: Generally annual visitation since 2006.
Brief details - Annual project since 2006 with predominately focussed support of in country anaesthesia training program that has existed in its present form since 2006.  Centralised in Vientiane through Mahosot hospital which coordinates the anaesthesia program.  Add-on projects as requested by local anaesthetists and the Lao Society of Anaesthesiologists in regional centres of an educational support nature.
Lao Society of Anesthesiologists - Email: aneslaos@yahoo.com

 For further information please email Maxine Wade, ODEC Committees Assistant.​

Emergencies in Anaesthesia

Dates: Ongoing annual projects with intention to move to independent courses by local instructors
Region: Yangon, Myanmar
Details: www.developinganaesthesia.org
This project is part of a larger project to support anaesthesia training in Myanmar via the Myanmar Society and the universities of Medicine.

For further information please email Maxine Wade, ODEC Committees Assistant.

Micronesia Anaesthetic Refresher Course, (MARC)

  • Region: Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Marshalls
  • Details: Following another successful Course, the Palau Ministry of Health issued the following media release http://facebook.com/MOHPalau
    Biennial meeting since 1994. The MARC has provided educational support in a region chronically under resourced in anaesthetic skillsets It has been instrumental in the formation of the Micronesian Anaesthesia Society and the promotion of safe anaesthesia in the region. 
  • For further information please email Maxine Wade, ODEC Committees Assistant.

Pacific Fellowship Program 2018 - applications are now closed for 2018 - watch this space for 2019 opportunities

Date: TBA Region: Suva, Fiji Islands
Description:  This project is a partnership between the ASA and the Fiji National University postgraduate anaesthesia training program. The scholarship provides ASA and NZSA member anaesthetists the opportunity to work and teach at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, Fiji. Financial support of up to AUD $12,500 and accommodation is provided. FANZCAs and experienced Provisional Fellows are encouraged to apply. 

Please contact Justin Burke for further information. Applications are now closed for 2018.​ 

20th ASEAN Congress of Anaesthestiologists (ACA) - 23-24 November 2017 Siem Reap City, Cambodia

Theme : "Towards Safer Anesthesia" 
The ASA is proud to be organising the pre-congress workshops (including EPM) and sponsoring the poster prize session at the 20th ASEAN Congress of Anaesthesiology.  This biannual meeting is the premier meeting for anaesthesia providers in south-east Asia and this is the first time it is being hosted in Cambodia. website:  www.acacambodia2017.com

ODEC volunteer database / paid positions

Ministry of Civil Service, Fiji.  The latest group of vacancies and position descriptions can be accessed through the LinkedIn page “Ministry of Civil Service, Fiji” and the following link: http://www.labour.gov.fj/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=138:csvacancies&catid=19:home&Itemid=205

Zambia Anaesthesia Development Program - Commencing August 2018 and February 2019

Global Anesthesia Fellow www.zadp.org

• 2 Senior anaesthesia trainees who have finished, or close to the end of their training
• UK and non-UK international graduates invited to apply
• 6 or 12 month posts
• Opportunities to engage in education or leadership/patient safety

An opportunity for anaesthesia trainees to join a cross-cultural training experience that aims to promote anaesthetic development in Zambia. Highlights of the post include exposure to a varied and challenging clinical case mix; education experience including simulation-based teaching and educational resource development; leadership / patient safety including supporting systems changes to improve the quality of perioperative care in Zambia; and the opportunity for involvement in research projects. We are currently seeking ongoing funding for the project with grant applications in progress. The post has excellent support from UK based ZADP team and local faculty in Zambia.  Further information zadproject@hotmail.com

For information on the joining the Volunteering database please visit the volunteering page.  

Contact details

For further information on any of the above please contact the ODEC Secretary