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News: Latest news

Learn about the latest updates for ANZCA library services and resources.

Library and study space

Need a quiet study space? Fellows and trainees are encouraged to use the Library (which has a study/discussion space for up to 3 people) and the Fellows Room (which has a discussion space for up to 5 people) whenever visiting the college in Melbourne.

Free access to the college wi-fi service is also available on site.

ANZCA E-News (20 January 2022)

Recent articles of interest:

New articles studying stress levels in anaesthesiologists/doctors and a large update to the COVID guide.

Recently added titles:

A latest editions of Smith's Smith's Anesthesia for Infants and Children and Talley & O'Connor's Clinical Examination, plus a number of new Cambridge titles have recently been added to the ANZCA library collection.

ANZCA E-News (16 December 2021)

The recent TRA2SHCon21 is now available on YouTube and can also be found on the Environmental Sustainability library guide.

Recent articles of interest:

Latest COVID news:

A new Omicron Spotlight box has been added to the Coronavirus/COVID guide to highlight the latest news + articles.

Recently added titles:

A number of new titles have recently been added to the ANZCA library collection, including Australasian Anaesthesia 2021, Cohen's Comprehensive Thoracic Anesthesia and Olivia Ong's The Heart-Centeredness of Medicine (ebook + print).

FPM Synapse E-News (14 December 2021)

Recently added titles:

Additional titles in the new Pain Medicine: A Case-Based Learning Series from Waldman.

The library has recently added the following fellow contributions to AIRR:

FPM Training E-News (6 December 2021)

Recent articles of interest:

Training and exams hub:

The Training and Exams hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and exam resources. The Pain medicine training & exams section contains guides for: Pain medicine training, Conceptual basis of pain medicine, FPM Procedures Endorsement Program curriculum and the Procedures in pain medicine. In addition, the Self-Assessment tools and Roles in Practice guides provide additional resource support for training and examination purposes.

Training E-News (25 November 2021)

Exam prep:

Did you know? That that it's possible to generate multiple-choice Review Questions for the AccessAnesthesiology e-books? This can help you review the content for such texts as Ganong's Review of Medical Physiology, Anesthesiology: Exam & Board ReviewHung's Difficult and Failed Airway Management and many more.


Recently added titles:

The latest edition of Katzung & Trevor's Pharmacology: Examination & Board Review, 13e and two exam prep books previously only available in print are now available online: Miller's Anesthesia Review, 3e and Faust's Anesthesia Review, 5e.


Training and exams hub:

The Training and Exams hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and exam resources, it includes online access to the Primary Exam Reading List, specific texts, and links to exam reports.

SOT E-News (22 November 2021)

Medical education journals:

Did you know? That ANZCA library carries a comprehensive suite of Medical Education journals, including: Academic Medicine, BJA Education, The Clinical Teacher, JGME, Medical Education, and Medical Teacher; and that you can set up new content alerts using the Read by QxMD and BrowZine apps?


Recently added titles:

A brand-new of CURRENT Practice Guidelines in Primary Care plus Vaccines: A Clinical Overview and Practical Guide are now available.

ANZCA E-News (17 November 2021)

Latest articles:

Recently added titles:

A number of new titles have recently been added to the ANZCA library collection, including the latest editions of Stoelting's Anesthesia and Co-Existing Disease and Clinical Anesthesia Procedures of the MGH, and a number of new critical care titles including the latest edition of Civetta, Taylor, & Kirby's Critical Care Medicine.

Te Hā – te reo (For the breath)/NZ News (11 November 2021)

Recently articles of interest:

New books:

Copies of Essential Pharmacology for the ANZCA Primary Examination by Vesselin Petkov have been ordered for the NZ collection and will soon be available for loan.

NZ Print collection

Did you know that the NZ office has it's own print collection available for loan? Requested items are delivered/returned via courier free-of-charge.

BJA change of access (4 November 2021)

Due to a significant and unsustainable price increase, the ANZCA Library will discontinue its online subscription to the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) from 1 January 2022.

See the complete college news item for more information

With this change, college members will continue to receive the following free online access to the BJA:

  • Issues published pre-2022
  • Issues published from 2022 onward that are older than 12 months

This content will be available through the library’s discovery service, journals list, apps and other linking tools and platforms. It will also be possible to request any newer articles not online through the library free-of-cost.

Any current college fellow, trainee, or SIMG, can also take out a personal subscription to the BJA at a heavily discounted rate.

See the college BJA personal subscriptions page for more information

FPM Synapse E-News (28 October 2021)

IASP pain refresher courses:

E-book versions of the 2012 + 2014 refresher course have now been purchased, joining the 2010, 2016 and 2018 courses. The e-books can be accessed from the Pain Essentials guide - however users will need to request a password to access.

Recently added titles:

A number of new titles have recently been added to the ANZCA library collection, including a new book on opioids by fellow Dr KE Khor, an e-book version of Fentanyl, Inc, Pain Control in Ambulatory Surgery Centers, and a new Pain Medicine: A Case-Based Learning Series from Waldman.

The library has recently added the following fellow contributions to AIRR:

ANZCA E-News (18 October 2021)

Spotlight on: Obstetric Anaesthesia guide

The recently updated library guide contains a wide range of resources related to the specialty of obstetric anaesthesia, including books, e-books, recent journal articles and SIG resources.

Recently added titles:

A number of new titles have recently been added to the ANZCA library collection, including a number of Springer anaesthesia titles, Military Advanced Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia Handbook, 2e and COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons from the Frontline.

Informit Databases (18 October 2021)

ANZCA Library has commenced a trial of Informit, a leading digital destination for enriching knowledge and insight, with a strong focus on providing relevant and specialist Australian content.

The trial includes access to the following collections:

                            Health Collection - with an emphasis on a social model of health, Informit’s Health Collection brings the most up-to-date and trustworthy content to advance your knowledge across nursing and allied health.

                            Indigenous Collection - Informit’s Indigenous Collection brings together ground-breaking and emerging research with topical and historical issues paramount to Indigenous studies across the world.

                            Families and Society Collection - Informit’s Families and Society Collection provides up-to-date and comprehensive research on family wellbeing and the place of Australian families in today’s and tomorrow’s society.

                            This trial ends 14 November 2021.

Critical incident debriefing toolkit (1 Oct 2021)

Understanding and acknowledging the importance of preparing for and delivering critical incident debriefing (CID), the college together with the Trainee Wellbeing Project Group (TWPG) has undertaken to develop a suite of informed, accessible and diverse training resources for fellows and trainees during and following critical incidents.

FPM Training E-News (8 October 2021)

Training and exams hub:

The Training and Exams hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and exam resources. The Pain medicine training & exams section contains guides for: Pain medicine training, Conceptual basis of pain medicine, FPM Procedures Endorsement Program curriculum and the Procedures in pain medicine. In addition, the Self-Assessment tools and Roles in Practice guides provide additional resource support for training and examination purposes.

Training E-News (30 September 2021)

Library Virtual Orientation (Trainee Session)

The ANZCA library is running an online Zoom session for trainees who would like to gain a better understanding of the ANZCA library, the resources available and the services open for trainee use.

The session will run for 45-60 mins and all questions are welcome.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 6 2021 - 12 noon AEST

                            Click here to register


Recently added titles:

A brand new edition of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology is now available, plus a new exam prep title, Surgical and Anaesthetic Instruments for OSCEs: A Practical Study Guide.


Training and exams hub:

The Training and Exams hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and exam resources, it includes online access to the Primary Exam Reading List, specific texts, and links to exam reports.

SOT E-News (27 September 2021)

Library Virtual Orientation (SOT/Medical Educator Session)

The ANZCA library is running an online Zoom session for SOTs/medical educators who would like to gain a better understanding of the ANZCA library, the resources available and the services open for medical education use.

The session will run for 45-60 mins and all questions are welcome.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 6 2021 - 2PM AEST

                            Click here to register


Recent articles of interest:

View the list of recently highlighted medical education articles


Recently added titles:

Brand new editions of Ferri's and Biomedical informatics are now available.

ANZCA E-News (22 September 2021)

Library Virtual Orientation (Fellows Session)

The ANZCA library is running an online Zoom session for fellows who would like to gain a better understanding of the ANZCA library, the resources available and the services open for fellow use.

The session will run for 45-60 mins and all questions are welcome.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 30 2021 - 2PM AEST

                            Click here to register


Recently articles of interest:

Recently added titles:

A number of Oxford titles have recently been added to the ANZCA library collection, including Ultrasound Guided Procedures and Radiologic Imaging for Pediatric Anesthesiologists, Vascular Anesthesia Procedures, and Thoracic Anesthesia Procedures.


The latest issue of Anaesthesia Research Review is here:

Te Hā – te reo (For the breath)/NZ News (9 September 2021)

Recently articles of interest:

NZ Print collection update

Due to the impact of ongoing COVID restrictions in New Zealand, it is not currently possible to lend out NZ-based books at this time. However, should any trainee or fellow require access to any materials only available in print, they can submit a chapter request via the ANZCA library's Request a chapter form. UPDATE: Book loans from the Wellington office have now resumed, but some delays can be expected.

FPM Synapse E-News (3 September 2021)

Recently added titles:

The Oxford Handbook of Neurobiology of Pain and updates to the Medicinal Cannabis library guide title list:


                            The latest issue of Pain Management Research Review is here:


The Lancet recently produced a special issue looking at chronic pain:

ANZCA E-News (18 August 2021)

Recent articles of interest:

Recently added titles:

A number of Oxford titles have recently been added to the ANZCA library collection, including Oxford Textbook of Anaesthesia for the Obese Patient, Pediatric Anesthesia Procedures, Oxford Textbook of Neuroscience and Anaesthesiology, Oxford Textbook of Transplant Anaesthesia and Critical Care and Anaesthesia for the Overweight and Obese Patient (OAL).

Keeping on top of medical literature (18 August 2021)

It is possible to set up the Read by QxMD app to send alerts/notifications based on a whole range of settings, including publication of articles related to chosen specialties, journals, collections and keywords.

FPM Training E-News (5 August 2021)

Recent articles of interest:

Training and exams hub:

The Training and Exams hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and exam resources. The Pain medicine training & exams section contains guides for: Pain medicine training, Conceptual basis of pain medicine, FPM Procedures Endorsement Program curriculum and the Procedures in pain medicine. In addition, the Self-Assessment tools and Roles in Practice guides provide additional resource support for training and examination purposes.

Spotlight: NZ Anaesthetist details what it's like working during Fiji's Covid crisis [4 Aug 2021]

NZ-based ANZCA fellow, Dr Tony Diprose, is helping out with non life-threatening surgeries in Fiji has nothing but praise for Fijian colleagues working amid the country's Covid-19 crisis.

First Broadcast: 4 August 2021
Duration: 7 mins 13 secs approx.

                            More information

Interview with Dr Christine Ball (ABC Mornings) [2 August 2021]

The chatroom is turned into an operating theatre this morning as Virginia Trioli interviews Dr Christine Ball (ANZCA Fellow) about her upcoming book, The Chloroformist.

Christine Ball is an anaesthetist at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, co-manages a Master of Medicine (Perioperative) at Monash University, and is the 2020–2024 Wood Library-Museum Laureate of the History of Anesthesiology. She has been an honorary curator at the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History for thirty years and is the author of many works in this field.

Training E-News (29 July 2021)

Recently added titles:

A brand new edition of Stoelting's Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthetic Practice is now available, along with a print version of Miller's Anesthesia Review, 3e.


Training and exams hub:

The Training and Exams hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and exam resources, it includes online access to the Primary Exam Reading List, specific texts, and links to exam reports.

SOT E-News (26 July 2021)

Recent articles of interest:

View the list of recently highlighted medical education articles


Recently added titles:

Brand new editions of Essential Skills for a Medical Teacher and Stoelting's Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthetic Practice are now available.


Training and exams hub:

The Training and Exams hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and exam resources, it includes online access to the Primary Exam Reading List, specific texts, and links to exam reports.

ANZCA E-News (20 July 2021)

Updates to the Indigenous guide

A number of new resources have recently been added to the Indigenous health library guide including a special report on cultural safety and numerous new titles:


The latest issue of Anaesthesia Research Review is here:

Recently added titles:

A new e-book Global Anaesthesia with contributions from a number of ANZCA fellows.

Gasbag/NZ News (15 July 2021)

Recent articles of interest

NZ Print collection

Did you know that the NZ office has it's own print collection available for loan? Requested items are delivered/returned via courier free-of-charge.

FPM Synapse E-News (1 July 2021)

Recently added titles:

A brand new edition of Acute Pain Management: A Practical Guide by ANZCA|FPM fellows Pamela Macintyre and Stephan Schug, and a newly recommended title:


The latest issue of Pain Management Research Review is here:


ANZCA|FPM PM01 Opioid Dose Equivalence document is referenced in a recent Pain Medicine article:

[NEW] Chronic pain library guide (1 July 2021)

The library has created a new Chronic pain library guide.

The guide has been designed to help pain medicine specialists locate relevant resources on chronic pain, including those available through the ANZCA library.

The guide brings together a wide variety of resources, including key documents, websites, journals, articles of interest and a number of e-books (including the new Preoperative Optimization of the Chronic Pain Patient: Enhanced Recovery Before Surgery).

ANZCA E-News (17 June 2021)

Current trials

The library is currently running two trials.

The first is Covidence, which is a web-based tool that streamlines the creation of systematic reviews and other research reviews that require screening citations and full text, assessing risk of bias, or extracting study characteristics and outcomes.

The second is Access EmergencyMedicine, which is a comprehensive online resource covering the fundamentals of emergency medicine. Includes leading medical e-books like Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine, multimedia, interactive self-assessment Q&A's, an integrated drugs database and patient education.

Recently added titles: 

FPM Training E-News (3 June 2021)

Training and exams hub:

The Training and Exams hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and exam resources. The Pain medicine training & exams section contains guides for: Pain medicine training/FPM essentials, Conceptual basis of pain medicine and the Procedures in pain medicine. In addition, the Self-Assessment tools and Roles in Practice guides provide additional resource support for training and examination purposes.

Updated ANZCA library discovery service interface (June 24, 2021)

The ANZCA library discovery service has gotten a "facelift".

                            New and updated features:

  • A modernised interface with an updated look and feel
  • Search results now highlight the search terms used
  • Item records have been enriched and now incorporate MeSH subject headings
  • Item records now incorporate a new Access & Request Options panel on the item details screen - quickly access online resources, request books, and submit document delivery requests
  • The additional editions/formats display has changed
  • Many collection names have been updated
  • Streamlined hold requests process and updates to overall collection names
  • Revised Help documentation now available

The main collection - based in Melbourne - is now referred to as the Australia or Australia (National Office) collection. Other names have also been updated to clarify location and accessibility.

For those users requesting print items from the ANZCA library, the pick up options are now specific to the users home location (Australia or New Zealand) and are tailored specifically to the requestors member types.

The updated interface went live 24 June 2021.

Gasbag/NZ News (13 May 2021)

NZ Print collection

Did you know that the NZ office has it's own print collection available for loan? Requested items are delivered/returned via courier free-of-charge.

FPM Synapse E-News (12 May 2021)

The library has recently added the following contributions to AIRR:

Recently added titles:

A number of requested titles have recently been added to the collection:

PADDI Study (6 May 2021)

TRIAL: Covidence (30 April 2021)

ANZCA Library has recently begun an extended trial of Covidence.

Covidence is a web-based tool that streamlines the creation of systematic reviews and other research reviews that require screening citations and full text, assessing risk of bias, or extracting study characteristics and outcomes.

Research consultation service (28 April 2021)

The college now has a dedicated Research Librarian, who will be able to assist you with your research-related queries and provide literature search assistance.

                            Research consultation service [college website]

[NEW] Medicinal Cannabis library guide (25 March 2021)

The library has created a new Medicinal cannabis library guide.

The guide has been designed for anaesthetists and pain specialists seeking more information on how medicinal cannabis impacts anaesthesia, perioperative medicine, and pain management. The guide is not intended to endorse or support the use of medicinal cannabis, but provide medical professionals with an introduction to the topic.

The guide brings together a wide variety of resources, including PM10: Statement on 'medicinal cannabis' with particular reference to its use in the management of patients with chronic non-cancer pain and therapeutic guidelines. Other resources include relevant articles from clinical journals, articles from the ANZCA Bulletin, podcasts, e-books, and links to legislation and policy regarding prescribing and using medicinal cannabis.

ANZCA Library E-News (15 April 2021)

Recently added titles:

FPM Training E-News (15 April 2021)

Recently added titles:

Training and exams hub:

The Training and Exams hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and exam resources. The Pain medicine training & exams section contains guides for: Pain medicine training/FPM essentials, Conceptual basis of pain medicine and the Procedures in pain medicine. In addition, the Self-Assessment tools and Roles in Practice guides provide additional resource support for training and examination purposes.

Training E-News (25 March 2021)

Recently added primary exam books:

The Physics, Clinical Measurement and Equipment of Anaesthetic Practice for the FRCA, 2e is finally available as an e-book!

In addition, the 11th edition of West's Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials is now available for loan.

We've also added a number of new exam prep titles!

Training and exams hub:

The Training and Exams hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and exam resources, it includes online access to the Primary Exam Reading List, specific texts, and links to exam reports.

SOT E-News (22 March 2021)

Recent articles of interest:

View the list of recently highlighted medical education articles

Recent released books:

Training and exams hub:

The Training and Exams hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and exam resources, it includes online access to the Primary Exam Reading List, specific texts, and links to exam reports.

ANZCA Library E-News (19 Mar 2021)


Access your favourite journals using BrowZine

BrowZine is a mobile app for tablets and smart phones that allows you to browse and access the entire ANZCA e-journals collection all in the one simple interface.

It is easy to set-up, defaults to PDF format for reading purposes, and journals can be browsed by both title and subject categories. Includes full-text access to all subscribed ANZCA journal content, and allows users to save their authentication credentials for instant access.

Recommendation: The perfect “armchair-reading” app for catching up with your favourite journals. Users are also able to create a user profile and save PDFs for offline use/bookmark articles for CPD purposes.


Latest donations/titles:

Gasbag/NZ News (2 March 2021)

Recent articles of interest

NZ Print collection

Did you know that the NZ office has it's own print collection available for loan? Requested items are delivered/returned via courier free-of-charge.

Search and access the ANZCA Bulletin (24 February 2021)

The fully indexed content of the ANZCA Bulletin is now searchable via the library discovery service. Users are now able to search article titles, authors, subjects and summaries.

A dedicated search box can now be found on the library journals page (see also below), which allows the user to search exclusively against this content, and then connect to the full-text issues held in AIRR (1992-present).

ANZCA Library E-News (17 Feb 2021)

Pediatric Anesthesia: Special wellbeing issue

Article of interest

Keep current with Read by QxMD

Read by QxMD aims to provide a single place to keep up with newly published medical & scientific research articles.

It is easy to set-up, employs an alerts-based approach to notifications, and displays content in the style of a personalised digital journal.

Recommendation: This app is ideal for tracking newly published content and for bookmarking articles for CPD purposes.

Latest titles:

Practice evaluation unmasked: CPD and Library webinar (20 November 2020)

CPD and the ANZCA Library are holding a second in their series of CPD/Library webinars. This second webinar involving CPD Committee Chair Dr Debra Devonshire will – via the safety of Zoom – unmask and demystify the CPD Practice evaluation resources. We will look at the wide range of resources available to ANZCA fellows – including those available via the library – and offer up some practical advice on completing these activities. This free webinar will be held on Tuesday 17 November from 2-3pm AEDT.

A recording of the webinar held on the Tuesday, 17 November 2020, is now available via Networks. The recording runs for 54 minutes and credit can be claimed for CPD purposes.

Artificial intelligence and the care of patients webinar (14 August 2020)

The ANZCA New Zealand National Committee recently hosted a webinar on Artificial Intelligence and the care of patients.

The webinar was hosted by the NZNC and featured Dr Vincent McCauley of Telstra Health, Dr Maui Hudson University of Waikato and Dr Lara Hopley Waitemata DHB.

A recording of the webinar held on the Tuesday 11 August 2020, is now available via Networks. The recording runs for 60 minutes.


PowerPoint presentations and a recommended reading list can be found below:

NEW Research Support Toolkit (RSTK) (30 June 2020)

undefinedThe ANZCA library in collaboration with the Emerging Investigators Subcommittee, the ANZCA Foundation, the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network, the ANZCA Research Committee and the FPM Research and Innovation Committee is pleased to announce the creation of a new research resource toolkit (RSTK), which aims to bring together information resources related to the area of research. It offers a primer for emerging investigators and research coordinators who would like to know more and support materials for both new and established researchers. There are extensive links to existing college and library resources, as well as to the broader Australasian and overseas research community.

The new toolkit can be accessed here: 

Research Support Toolkit (RSTK)

Staying current: Library and CPD webinar (24 June 2020)

The Library, in conjunction with CPD, are planning a webinar based on the workshop originally designed for the 2020 ASM: Staying Current: ANZCA Library resources for CPD.

This webinar will look at everything you’d like to know about CPD and the wide range of library resources available to fellows via the ANZCA Library. Special attention will also be given to online resources in consideration of COVID-19.

A recording of the webinar held on the Thursday 25 June 2020, is now available via Networks. The recording runs for 67 minutes and credit can be claimed for CPD purposes.

Access full-text using EndNote Click or LibKey Nomad (Mar 2020)

LibKey Nomad can be used to access full-text using Google Chrome and can be used to access ANZCA subscriptions only.


EndNote Click (formerly Kopernio) allows researchers to easily and legally read the full texts of scientific journal articles via Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. the plugin is free and utilises existing ANZCA and CICM subscription access.

Talk to us

We rely on your feedback to further develop and support user access to the ANZCA library. Use the link below to provide content suggestions, as well as to make recommendations, report issues, and to give general feedback.

Library feedback form

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