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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.

Upcoming: Workshop: Advanced searching in MEDLINE: Tips and tricks to getting the best out of your search

Couldn't make the workshop during the 2021 ASM? The library will be running a repeat of its popular advanced Medline session on Friday 14 May 2021.

This online workshop will focus on literature searching in the MEDLINE databases using Ovid and PubMed, and is an ideal introductory session for emerging investigators. After attending the webinar, participants will have a greater understanding of the use of MeSH headings, advanced search and filtering options, and a clearer idea of the key differences between platforms. Please note: Participants are expected to have some experience with searching and using library resources.

  • Date: Friday, 14th May 2021
  • Time/Duration: 2pm AEST (90 mins)

You can register for the workshop here

PADDI Study (6 May 2021)

NEW Covidence trial (30 April 2021)

ANZCA Library has recently begun a trial of Covidence.

Covidence is a web-based tool that improves healthcare evidence synthesis by improving the efficiency and experience of creating and maintaining Systematic Reviews.

See the trials page for further information including full registration details

Request research assistance (NEW for 2021)

ANZCA now has a dedicated Research Librarian, who will be able to assist you with your research-related queries. Simply select ‘Research’ from the Purpose drop-down box in the Request a literature search form.

The Research Librarian is available on Tuesdays and Fridays and can also be contacted on +61 3 9093 4928 if you wish to discuss your research needs further.

[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:

Changes to the ANZCA discovery service (April 15, 2021)

Over the next few months, the ANZCA library discovery service will be getting a bit of a "facelift". Users will be able to take advantage of a modernised interface with an updated look and feel. Records will be richer and now incorporate MeSH subject headings by default and the way additional editions/formats display will also change.

The first step of this upgrade - now in effect - involves updating our overall collection names and streamlining hold requests.

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 books 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 type.

It is expected that the full updated interface will be in place sometime in June 2021.

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.

New library guide: Environmental sustainability (24 September 2020)

The library has created a new Environmental sustainability library guide.

The guide has been designed for anaesthetists, pain specialists and medical professionals interested in obtaining information about environmental sustanability and how it relates to healthcare, with particular focus on anaesthesia and pain medicine practice.

The guide brings together a wide variety of resources, including those created by the college and its Environmental sustainability working group, such as the Environmental sustainability audit tool, ANZCA Council statement on climate change, and the professional document PS64 - Statement on environmental sustainability in anaesthesia and pain medicine practice. The guide also includes relevant articles from clinical journals, articles from the ANZCA Bulletin, apps, e-books, and links to legislation and policy regarding climate change, waste, and clinical waste.

Did we miss anything? Use the link below to provide content suggestions, as well as make to recommendations, report issues, and to give general feedback: Library feedback form

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 Research 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)

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.


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

Click here to learn more

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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ANZCA acknowledges and respects Māori as the Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa and is committed to upholding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, fostering the college’s relationship with Māori, supporting Māori fellows and trainees, and striving to improve the health of Māori.