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ASA Sereima Bale Pacific Fellowship Program – Vacancies for 2021

The ASA ODEC committee is seeking Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetists with a passion for teaching and an interest in working in developing countries.

3 months scholarships are now available for 2021. The role involves teaching and clinical support for Pacific Trainee Anaesthetists based in Suva, Fiji Islands.

The Fellowship is named in honour of Dr Sereima Bale, Senior Lecturer at the Fiji National University and the founder of post-graduate anaesthesia training in the Pacific region.

The ASA provides financial support to the value of $12,500 AUD and an accommodation allowance is provided by Fiji National University.

FANZCAs and experienced Provisional Fellows are encouraged to apply. It is a family friendly environment.

Please contact Justin Burke at j.burke@alfred.org.au for further information.


East Timor Fellowship program

Three (3) month position based in Dili, East Timor – timing by mutual agreement.

Description: Clinical and curriculum-based teaching of East Timor anaesthesia non-specialists at Hospital Nacional Guido Valdares (HNGV) (Dili, East Timor). Clinical anaesthesia at HNGV.

Appointees must be:

  • Fellow of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA); or
  • Successfully completed the ANZCA Fellowship examination and in final year of ANZCA training (PFY / ATY 3)
  • Have experience working in developing countries; and/or has completed a course in remote area anaesthesia (e.g. Real World Anaesthesia Course or equivalent)

Download Position Description. If interested in options contact: brian.spain@nt.gov.au


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

2010 – The first program was in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

2016 – EPM was subsequently introduced into the curriculum of the University of PNG medical school in February 2016.

2017 – 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. The EPM newsletters can be accessed here.

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, however main focus is anaesthesia training program based in Vientiane.
Duration: Generally annual visitation since 2006.
Brief details: Annual project since 2006 with focussed support of in country anaesthesia training program (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 email Maxine Wade, ODEC Committees Assistant

Emergencies in Anaesthesia

Dates: Ongoing annual projects with the 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


SAFE Operating Room Course

High quality care in the operating room is delivered by surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses who work and train together. The SAFE Operating Room course (SAFE OR) has been developed in recognition of the need for multidisciplinary training to support safe surgery, and in response to the World Health Assembly resolution 68.15 to strengthen emergency and essential surgery, obstetrics and anaesthesia at district/first level referral hospitals. Read more.

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 here.


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

Contact the ODEC Secretary