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The Professional Issues Advisory Committee (PIAC) was formed in 2004 at a time when it became apparent that ASA would not be able to address certain significant emerging and ongoing issues without committee level support.

The ASA by-laws charge the Professional Issues Advisory Committee (PIAC) to provide advice to the ASA Council and ASA members on professional issues which include but are not limited to:

  • Clinical practice and standards
  • Credentialing and privileging
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • ‘Professionalism’
  • Personal health and welfare
  • Workforce

Workforce issues include but are not limited to:

  • addressing the distribution of anaesthetists (specialist and non-specialist) necessary to satisfy national and regional demand
  • determining the reasons for any maldistribution
  • suggesting strategies to address any maldistribution
  • conducting member surveys

PIAC also prepares submissions and responses to governmental and non-governmental agencies on behalf of ASA Council.

About your PIAC Chair

Dear Members,

I am a consultant anaesthetist practicing in Brisbane.

A graduate of the University of Queensland, I undertook training in Queensland, England and Victoria, specialising in the care of children.

I am a Senior Visiting Medical Officer at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. In private practice, I treat both children and adults.

Liaison with ANZCA is an important part of my role and I represent the ASA on several ANZCA committees. I also represent our society on the Council of Procedural Specialists.

Dr Peter Waterhouse

Professional Issues Advisory Committee Chair

Dr Peter Waterhouse