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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

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.

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.

Global Anesthesia Fellow

Ethiopia Anaesthesia Development Program – starting August & November 2018/Feb 2019 for 6 months/12 months

Based in the diplomatic hub of Addis Ababa, the post will involve helping to develop and expand an existing training program with over 60 residents, providing clinical and classroom teaching and helping to co-ordinate an international volunteer faculty and support the local departmental staff. This post will suit a senior anesthesia trainee who has completed their anesthesia training (or is close to finishing) and is open to international graduates from all jurisdictions.

Closing date: 
16 May 2018
Email your CV to: EthiopiaADP@gmail.com

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.