The Welfare of Anaesthetists Group has been meeting on a regular basis since August 1995. The group was formed to raise awareness of the many personal and professional issues which can adversely affect the physical and emotional well-being of anaesthetists and intensivists at all stages of their careers. In 1998 the group became an official special interest group (SIG), with ANZCA providing the secretariat. The group is an informative, educative and referral group; it has no therapeutic role.
The aims of the Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG is to promote the personal and psychological well-being of anaesthetists and pain medicine practitioners and to heighten awareness of welfare issues in anaesthetists.
It achieves these aims by:
The Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group was formed to promote the concept of physician health, both physical and mental. It is our intention to make physician health issues mainstream and regarded as integral to healthy doctor-patient, doctor-family and doctor-workplace relationships. Our activities include, (but are not limited to): Education (trainees as well as specialists), liaison with other professional bodies, and guidance (but not direct treatment or referral) for appropriate management of physician health problems.
Research and data on welfare issues in Australian/New Zealand anaesthetists. Wide acceptance by professional bodies and health administrations of the importance of welfare issues. Development of workplace practices that support anaesthetists and keep them well.
We have set up a new webpage dedicated to news relevant to Welfare SIG members. Please click here to see the latest news.
Please see below current and past newsletters
For upcoming and past SIG activities and events keep an eye on this page
The resource documents developed by the Welfare SIG provide brief comment, give references, and identify strategies for use in dealing with the more common professional and personal stresses. If you are a member of the SIG but not a FANZCA please contact the SIG Co-ordinator for access to these documents.
RD 01 Personal Health Strategies 2016
RD 02 Financial Issues 2016
RD 03 Depression and Anxiety 2016
RD 04 Retirement 2016
RD 05 Critical Incident Support 2016
RD 06 Training and Examinations 2016
RD 07 Sexual Misconduct 2016
RD 08 Mentoring 2017
RD 09 Why don’t you have your own GP ? 2016
RD 10 Breaking Bad News 2016
RD 11 After a Major Mishap 2016
RD 12 The isolated anaesthetist 2016
RD 13 Impairment in a Colleague 2016
RD 14 Medico-legal issues 2016
RD 15 Training and Family Responsibilities 2016
RD 16 Welfare Issues in the Anaesthetic Department 2016
RD 17 Infectious diseases 2011
RD 18 Latex allergy 2017
RD 19 Ergonomics 2011
RD 20 Substance Abuse 2016
RD 21 Organ donation 2011
RD 22 Bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment 2019
RD 23 Communication consent – under review so content reflects current practice *
RD 24 Mandatory reporting – under review so content reflects current practice *
RD 25 The anaesthetist displaying disruptive behaviour – under review so content reflects current practice *
RD 26 The role of the welfare advocate 2015
RD 27 A manager’s guideline for the sudden death of a colleague 2017
If you would like to create or request a specific resource document, please click here to view the resource document submission guidelines.
* If you would like to see the old version of this document, please contact: email@example.com
The Welfare SIG has produced a reference document on peer groups and how to set them up. Please click here to view the document.
If you are concerned about yourself or a colleague, contact the “hotline” nearest to you.
New Zealand contact numbers
Are you enthusiastic for long, difficult or complicated cases? Do you volunteer to work extra shifts or to do extra or late cases on a list? Are you over-anxious to give breaks to your colleagues? Did you know that these are some of the warning signs of drug abuse, according the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI)? These attributes are also those which are generally valued by anaesthetists, which highlights how difficult it can be to recognise substance misuse amongst our colleagues.
For more warning signs and for strategies on what to do when you suspect someone may have a substance abuse problem, I encourage you to read the Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group resource document RD 20 Substance Abuse 2013. This and other resource documents can be found on the ANZCA website here.
Watch the History of the Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG: Dr Di Khursandi and Dr Genevieve Goulding oral history recorded in May 2016.
Please contact Events to gain access to dropbox which contains useful welfare articles.
If you would like to join the Welfare SIG, please download an application form.
The executive of the Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG meets regularly, usually via teleconference to discuss matters related to the group’s area of interest.
|Chair||Dr Marion Andrew||SA|
|Member||Dr Greg Downey||NSW|
|Member||Dr Robert Fry||NZ|
|Member||Dr Anna Hallett||Qld|
|Member||Dr Jane McDonald||NSW|
|Member||Dr Suzi Nou||Vic|
|Member||Dr Tim Porter||SA|
|Member||Dr Kushlani Stevenson||Vic|
|Member||Dr Tracey Tay||NSW|
|Member||Dr Monika Tecsy||ACT|
|Co-opted Member||Dr Ann Marie Stevenson||NZ|
|RANZCP representative||Dr Shirley Prager||Vic|
|ASA Representative||Dr Antonio Grossi||Vic|
|NZSA Representative||Dr Kaye Ottaway||NZ|
|Trainee representative||Dr Maryann Turner||Qld|
|Trainee representative||Dr Claire Maxwell||Qld|