Real World Anaesthesia Course (RWAC)

After a COVID-enforced hiatus, this is the fourth RWAC to be held in New Zealand.

The aim of RWAC is to prepare anaesthetists for work in low- and middle-income countries (“the real world”) and a variety of humanitarian aid situations.

The course consists of a series of interactive lectures, case-based discussions, practical equipment sessions and in-theatre teaching of drawover anaesthesia. A simulation session is also planned.

Some topics include:

  • Drawover equipment
  • Oxygen supplies
  • Ketamine and halothane
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Obstetric and paediatric dilemmas
  • Psychological adaptation
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Tropical medicine


The number of participants is limited to 20 to maximise interaction and hands-on learning. To participate in theatre teaching sessions, you will need to be registered or eligible for registration in New Zealand. For non-NZ participants, we will assist with the free registration process, but the Medical Council of New Zealand makes the final decision.


The small print

  •  In the event of cancellation or postponement, we will refund the course fee minus an administration fee.
  • We will do our best to run in-theatre drawover teaching sessions but this will be dependent on registration requirements and final approval by hospital leadership.



The course fee is NZ$3700 plus 15% GST (NZ$4255 including GST) and is payable if your application is successful.

The course has regularly been oversubscribed in the past, so places will be allocated on a “first in, first on” basis. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible and given instructions on how to pay the course registration fee.

For more information, please contact Dr Wayne Morriss, RWAC Convenor ( or Dr Ron Pereira (

Applications are now FULL please register your interest below to be put on the waitlist.

Register Now!

Date & Time

Start: October 21, 2024 @

End: October 25, 2024 @


Christchurch, New Zealand


Christchurch Hospital

Add to Calendar October 21, 2024 October 25, 2024 Australia/Sydney Real World Anaesthesia Course (RWAC) This is the 31th Australasian course and the fourth to be held in New Zealand. The aim of RWAC is to prepare anaesthetists for work in low- and middle-income countries (‘the real world’) in a variety of humanitarian aid situations. Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch Hospital


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