Wellbeing SIG

Wellbeing Special Interest Group

The aim of the Wellbeing Special Interest Group (SIG) is to promote the personal and psychological wellbeing and to heighten awareness of wellbeing issues in anaesthetists and pain medicine specialists. The group is an informative, educative and referral group; it has no therapeutic role.

The Wellbeing SIG runs sessions at various annual meetings including the Combined SIG meeting, ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting and Australian Society of Anaesthetists National Scientific Congress. This provides an opportunity to share new research and data on Australian and New Zealand anaesthetists, discuss important and topical issues and to network with peers. In addition, members of the executive will often present at other wellbeing-related events and liaison with other professional bodies.



Please visit the Wellbeing SIG LibGuide to access the resource documents. In the Wellbeing SIG LibGuide you can also access a wide range of wellbeing resources, including COVID-19 wellbeing resources, the Peer Group Guide, ASA articles, journal articles, apps, publications, and podcasts.

The resource documents, developed by the Wellbeing 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 Senior Events Officer for access to these documents.

If you would like to create a resource document, please view the resource document submission guidelines.



Find out what ANZCA is doing to support your health and wellbeing, and the services and resources available to you and your family.



During our response to COVID19, many of us will be feeling anxious, uncertain or overwhelmed. Remember we are all in this together. The Wellbeing Special Interest Group has some tips to help you carry on and to look after yourself. Please see attached document.


The articles below are "produced by the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and reproduced with permission" 



Please visit the Wellbeing SIG LibGuide to access more articles.  

Australian Society of Anaesthetist’s Podcast


Episode 29The Trainee Returning to Work.  

Dr Suzi Nou chats with Drs Emilia Reece, Anna Pietszch and Georgie Cameron who took periods of leave from their anaesthetic training  and written a resource document to help others through this process. 

Episode 28:  Happy International Women's Day! 

Dr Suzi Nou chats with Drs Rosmarin Zacher and Isabelle Cooper, authors of the Pregnancy and the Anaesthetist resource document.

 Episode 23: Everything you need to know about forming a Peer Group those hard to earn CPD points! 

Dr Suzi Nou chats with Dr Kushlani Stevenson, Executive Committee Member of the ANZCA/ASA/NZSA Wellbeing Special Interest Group and author of the Peer Group document.


Dear colleague,

On Tuesday 17 March 2020, I was part of a training SIM in preparation for intubation and management of COVID-19 patients. I thought it was pretty routine.... until I passed a close colleague on his way to intubate one of the real COVID patients in our ICU. It felt a bit like watching the first soldier going over the top.

It may be stating the bleeding obvious, but all predictions point to a major crisis in our lives for the foreseeable future

Many in the general community will become ill. Some will die. There will likely be business failures, job losses and financial suffering.

We in medicine will see our friends and family, and our colleagues experiencing this. And in anaesthesia we will be in the front line, along with our ED and ICU colleagues, in caring directly with these patients. We are at increased risk of contracting the virus with all its consequences, of finding ourselves isolated from our families, working outside our comfort zones, and experiencing concern for our own safety and for our co-workers.

What can we do? 

  • Be informed. Keep up to date about the virus, transmission and pathogenesis. Know your hospital protocols and practice them.
  • Be aware that as time goes on, you and your colleagues will become fatigued, stressed and at risk of error. Have compassion for yourself and others when stress becomes overt.
  • Take care of one another. Ask about each other’s wellbeing and concerns, about family and friends, about plans unfulfilled. Your interest in others will make a huge difference to their wellbeing and the team.
  • Maintain a sense of humour. Any sort of humour boosts morale
  • Be aware of your supports and talk to them, be they family, colleagues, your department wellbeing officer or counsellors. Talk to your mentor(s) now and frequently. Keeping your worries to yourself is a sure way to see them fester and become irrational.

Life may not be the same when this is all over, whether in regards to the health of our community or financially. But at present we have a job to do, and focusing on what’s in front of us rather than potential future scenarios, will help us to manage. And hopefully in the future we will look back at this episode in our lives and recognise that we did well under difficult circumstances.

As always, if anything in the above has caused you mental health issues, please contact your general practitioner or alternatively, if you are in Australia or New Zealand:

Best wishes,

Greg Downey
Chair, Wellbeing SIG



2021 Combined Communication, Education, Welfare, and Leadership and Management SIG Meeting

For further information on this meeting, please click here.


2019 Combined Communication, Education, Welfare, and Leadership and Management SIG Meeting
"Developing leaders with 20:20 vision", convened by the Leadership and Management SIG.
Held July 26-28, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, NSW. 
Please visit the meeting website to view the presentation slides.



Please see below for the latest and past newsletters


August 2018

December 2017

December 2016

February 2016

July 2015

January 2015

August 2014

January 2014

July 2013 


Recommendations for future articles of the month are welcome.  Please contact Events  


If you would like to join the Wellbeing SIG, please download an application form or contact the ANZCA events team.



The executive of the Wellbeing SIG meets regularly, usually via teleconference to discuss matters related to the group's area of interest.


Dr Greg Downey   
Dr Robert Fry
Member               Dr Anna HallettQld
Dr Tim Porter
Dr Kushlani Stevenson
Dr Tracey Tay NSW
Dr Heman Tse ACT
Dr Jo Sinclair
Dr Divya Sharma   WA
MemberDr Wendy FalloonTas
ASA representative 
Dr Antonio Grossi   
NZSA representative Dr Emma Patrick NZ 
RANZCP representativeDr Shirley Prager Vic
Trainee representative Dr Claire Maxwell Qld 



  • Articles in ANZCA Bulletin, ASA newsletters and other publications.
  • Doctors’ health advisory services numbers in ANZCA Bulletin and ASA newsletter.
  • Liaison with ANZCA, ASA, NZSA, doctors health advisory services, regional medical boards.