Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Anaesthetists with interest or skills in a specific area of anaesthesia can participate and contribute to a Special Interest Group. There are currently 17 SIGs operating under the umbrella of the Anaesthesia Continuing Education Committee (ACE Committee). The main focus of each SIG is to provide a forum for continuing education for anaesthetists tending to specialise in these areas.

There has been a change to the membership criteria for joining a Special Interest Group (SIG).  This change was approved by the ACE Executive in May and discussed at the ACE meeting held at the 2018 ANZCA ASM.

The change opens membership of SIGs to specialists from all medical disciplines and is to be representative of the collegiate and collaborative nature of medicine and the multidisciplinary work of many SIGS. Importantly all members of the SIG (inclusive of SIG executive) will now have voting rights.

Associate membership has also subtly changed and is open to non-medical specialists who are not eligible for general SIG membership. This may include associate members of the ASA and NZSA and/ or allied health professionals. Associate membership requires endorsement from the SIG executive committee. If you do not have a contact in the executive committee and you wish to submit a reference, please contact the ACE team who will talk you through the next steps.

If you are interested in establishing or joining a SIG, please contact the special interest group coordinators or download and return an application form.

The ACE Handbook is currently being reviewed with an updated version to come. For SIGS and Combined CME committees the updated handbook will be able to assist you in planning and running your events.

We are looking forward to another fantastic year in 2023.

ACE Committee Policy on meeting timetabling

Special Interest Group meetings are encouraged to hold sessions within the ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and ASA National Scientific Congress (NSC) or to have satellite meetings in conjunction with these major meetings.

Standalone SIG meetings should be scheduled with at least a 10 day buffer on either side of the major meetings for ANZCA, ASA and NZSA.

Acute Pain

Airway Management

Anaesthesia & Critical Care in Unusual Transport Environments

Cardiac, Thoracic, Vascular and Perfusion

Communications in Anaesthesia

Day Care Anaesthesia

Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine

History of Anaesthesia

Leadership & Management

Medical Education


Obstetric Anaesthesia

Perioperative Medicine

Regional Anaesthesia

Rural Anaesthesia



ACE Committee

For more information on any of these SIGs please contact either:

T: +61 3 9510 6299
[email protected]


T: +61 2 85569 700
[email protected]