The ASA has been proudly supporting Global Health initiatives since the early 1980s, with a minimum of $3 per member being used to support anaesthesia education and capacity building in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Projects are overseen by the Overseas Development and Education Committee (ODEC).
Several opportunities exist for anaesthetists interested in supporting global health via the ASA:
- East Timor Fellowship supports an ASA member to assist training of East Timor anaesthesia non-specialists at the Hospital Nacional Guido Valdares (HNGV) in Dili, East Timor
- Sereima Bale Pacific Fellowship supports an ASA member to assist training of Pacific Trainee anaesthetists at the Fiji National University in Suva, Fiji.
- Real World Anaesthesia Course (RWAC). A 5-day course that aims to prepare anaesthetists for work in low- and middle-income countries (“the real world”) and various humanitarian aid situations.
On an ad hoc basis, anaesthetists may be able to join a number of ongoing projects that are supported by the ASA and are conducted in conjunction with:
- Laos Society of Anaesthesiologists
- Micronesian Anaesthesia Society
- Mongolian Society of Anesthesiologists
- Myanmar Society of Anaesthesiologists
- Pacific Society of Anaesthetists
- Société Cambodgienne d’Anesthésie de Réanimation et Médecine Urgence
- Solomon Islands Anaesthetic Training Centre (SIATC)
The ASA also shares opportunities in global health via:
- Our Overseas Development and Education Committee volunteer database (available to members). Register to be notified of upcoming positions.
- Essential Pain Management Program is funded by a number of organisations including the ASA, ANZCA, IASP, WFSA, DFAT and RACS