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This guide contains links to information and resources of relevance to ANZCA's Overseas Aid committee.  The Overseas Aid committee is "committed to improving education and training capacity in anaesthesia and pain medicine in response to the needs expressed by low and middle income countries (LMIC)". 

The Asia-Pacific anaesthesia resources guide promotes key anaesthesia and pain medicine books and journals available online to local doctors in areas supported by the ANZCA Overseas Aid Committee such as Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

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Marun GN, Morriss WW, Lim JS, Morriss JL, Goucke CR. Addressing the challenge of pain education in low-resource countries: essential pain management in Papua New Guinea. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2020;2020 Mar 12.

The WAME Board of Directors has approved the following addendum to the WAME Statement on Promoting Global Health

WAME on abstract translations  Jan 17, 2020
WAME encourages all medical journal editors to encourage authors to provide abstracts in the language of the location where the research took place and that journals should make those abstracts available to readers when provided. See statement

WebsiteWorld Association of Medical Editors (WAME). 
WAME on abstract translations [Internet].  January 17, 2020. Accessed 29 January 2020.


Article from the reference list of the original statement: Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson MH, et al. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet (London, England). 2009;373(9679):1993-1995. Read the original statement here.

The 2015 Lancet Commission - Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development

The Global Surgery 2030 report (including the great introductory video - shown centre tab on this page) has developed 5 key messages stressing the importance of access to safe affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed.

  1.  5 billion people do not have access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed.
  2. 143 million additional surgical procedures are needed in LMICs each year to save lives and prevent disability (an increase from an estimated 313 million procedures per year).
  3. 33 million individuals face catastrophic health expenditure due to payment for surgery and anaesthesia care each year (plus another 48 million cases of catastrophic expenditure attributable to non-medical costs).
  4. Investing in surgical services in LMIC is affordable, saves lives and promotes economic growth.
  5. Surgery is an “indivisible, indispensable part of health care”.

More information is available from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery website.
ANZCA supports the vision established through the Lancet Commission on global surgery. Universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed. See the full list of supporting colleges and societies.


Find out more

Fellows of ANZCA and the Faculty of Pain Medicine develop and contribute to variety of anaesthesia and pain medicine programs across the Pacific, Asia and Africa. In response to a number of frequently asked questions the Overseas Aid Committee has prepared a fact sheet for ANZCA Fellows and trainees interested in international volunteering available here.

WebsiteFor further information please visit the Community Development page on the ANZCA website, which includes resources and initiatives like: 

  • Overseas Aid Committee's 2018-2022 Strategic Priorities Plan, visit the website for more information, or download via this link.
  • Scholarships and courses, and more...

Latest articles in Overseas aid

Last updated: 20 March 2020

Open access articles

Marun GN, Morriss WW, Lim JS, Morriss JL, Goucke CR. Addressing the challenge of pain education in low-resource countries: essential pain management in Papua New Guinea. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2020;2020 Mar 12.

Pakenham-Walsh N, Godlee F. Healthcare information for all [published correction appears in BMJ. 2020 Feb 28;368:m818]. BMJ. 2020;368:m759. Published 2020 Feb 28. doi:10.1136/bmj.m759

Cooper MG, Morriss WW, Stone M, Merry AF. Global health and anaesthesia: an exciting time. Anaesth Intensive Care.  2019;0310057x1986197:0310057-1986197.

Gelb AW, Morriss WW, Johnson W, Merry AF, International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia Workgroup. World Health Organization-World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WHO-WFSA) International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia. Can J Anaesth. 2018 May 7. 

American College of Surgeons. Implementing WHA 68.15: a global update. Am Coll Surgeons Bull. 2018 May;103(5).

Walmsley M, Blum P. Disaster management in a low-resource setting: The role of anaesthetists in international emergency medical teams. BJA Education. 2017; 1:22–27.

Ramadas RHendel SMacKillop ACivilian aeromedical retrievals (the Australian experience). BJA Education. 2016;16(6):186-190.

Articles accessible with an ANZCA ID and password

JournalsGoucke, RC, Chaudakshetrin, P. Pain: a neglected problem in the low-resource setting. Anesth Analg. 2018;126(4):1283–1286.

Journals​Biccard BM, Green-Thompson L. Socially accountable anaesthesia: matching human resources with community need for safe care. Anaesthesia. 2018;73(3):271-274.

ArticlesEdem BE, Adekwu A, Efu ME, Kuni J, Onuchukwu G, Ugwuadu J. Anaesthetic and surgical management of airway penetrating injuries in children in resource-poor setting: case reports. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. 2017;39:119-122. 

JournalsEvans FM, Duarte JC, Haylock Loor C, Morriss W. Are short subspecialty courses the educational answer?  Anesth Analg. 2018;126(4):1305-1311.

JournalsCooper MG, Wake PB, Morriss WW, Cargill PD, McDougall RJ. Global safe anaesthesia and surgery initiatives: Implications for anaesthesia in the Pacific region. Anaesth Intensive Care. 2016;44(3):420-4.