Overseas Development and Education Committee

ODEC mission statement

The Overseas Development and Education Committee (ODEC) oversees all aid, outside Australia and New Zealand, which involves ASA members or resources:

ODEC acts jointly and cooperatively with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA), the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and other aid organisations.

The main focus of the ODEC is to support and promote anaesthesia training in the Pacific and recently South East Asia.

Over 75% of the substantial ODEC budget goes towards Pacific anaesthesia and this support has seen significant achievements.

ODEC events, courses, workshops and ongoing projects

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.

ODEC milestone achievements 

Read the History of ODEC feature article written by Dr Chris Bowden, ODEC Chair and published in the March edition of the Australian Anaesthetist 2018.

ODEC ongoing annual contributions

A message from Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, President of the WFSA

Read about ‘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

The Sereima Bale Pacific Fellowship Program

Read an Overview of the ASA Timor-Leste Fellowship published in the Australian Anaesthetist, September 2017


ODEC also supports funding for two Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) Observerships.

Are you an ASA member? Sign in to the ASA members site to read the ASA Corporate Travel Details – including DFAT.

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