Overseas Development and Education Committee

The Overseas Development and Education Committee (ODEC) oversees all aid, including educational, financial, material or skill based, outside Australia and New Zealand which involves ASA members or resources. It acts jointly and cooperatively with ANZCA, the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists, the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and other aid organisations.  The main focus of the ASA Overseas Development and Education Committee (ODEC) is to support and promote anaesthesia training in the Pacific. Over 75% of the substantial ODEC budget goes towards Pacific anaesthesia and this support has seen significant achievements.

Applications for funding
ODEC welcomes applications for support and gives preference to projects that:  

  1. Support the development of anaesthesia and resuscitation in the Asia Pacific Region  
  2. Have limited alternative funding possibilities  
  3. Are sustainable over the long term with good prospects of self-sufficiency  
  4. Have a strong teaching/education component 
  5. Involve members of the ASA or members of anaesthesia societies of the host country.
Essential Pain Management program
The Essential Pain Management (EPM) program is a multidisciplinary educational program initially designed for health workers in low and middle income countries. It has been developed to improve pain management worldwide by working with health workers at a local level to:
• Improve pain knowledge
• Provide a simple framework for managing pain
• Address pain management barriers

EPM has recently been modified for use in Australian and New Zealand Medical Schools, and Australia's Indigenous health workers. The first program was in Lae, Papua New Guinea, in 2010, and since then 19 countries have hosted EPM programs, training more than 1433 participants and 292 local instructors. Thirty-two external instructors have been trained to deliver the program and a further 32 have expressed interest. EPM is funded by a number of organisations including the ASA, ANZCA, IASP, WFSA, RACS, AusAid and the Arnott Foundation. For further information please email Maxine Wade, ODEC Committees Assistant: mwade@asa.org.au
Lifebox is a not-for-profit organisation saving lives by improving the safety and quality of surgical care in low-resource countries. The introduction of Lifebox pulse oximeters to hospitals in low-income and middle-income countries will make a major contribution to the quality and safety of anaesthesia and surgical care. You can help by donating through the ASA.
For further information on Lifebox please visit the Lifebox page.  

2017 Events, Courses,Workshops and ongoing Projects

  • Solomon Islands Anaesthetic Training Centre (SI ATC)
  • Region: Honiara, Solomon Islands
  • Project commenced December 2015 - funding initially for 5 years with possible extension for a further 5 years
  • A collaborative project of the Anaesthetic Department of the National Referral Hospital (NRH) and the ASA to formally establish an Anaesthetic Training Centre for Registrars in the Solomon Islands (SI) at the NRH for the purpose of training Anaesthetists prior to their entering into a formal Post-graduate Anaesthetic Training Programme at either the Fiji School of Medicine (FSM) under the Fiji National University (FNU) in Suva or the Medical Faculty of the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) in Port Moresby. For further information please email Maxine Wade, ODEC Committees Assistant: mwade@asa.org.au

Laos Project
Region: Laos PDR- nationwide but main focus anaesthesia training program based in Vientiane
Duration: Generally annual visitation since 2006.
Brief details- Annual project since 2006 with predominately focussed support of in country anaesthesia training program that has existed in its present form since 2006.  Centralised in Vientiane through Mahosot hospital which coordinates the anaesthesia program.  Add-on projects as requested by local anaesthetists and the Lao Society of Anaesthesiologists in regional centres of an educational support nature. 
Lao Society of Anesthesiologists - Email: aneslaos@yahoo.com 
For further information please email Maxine Wade, ODEC Committees Assistant: mwade@asa.org.au

Emergencies in Anaesthesia
Dates: 13th-15th Feb 2017, ongoing annual projects with intention to move to independent courses by local instructors
Region: Yangon, Myanmar
Details: www.developinganaesthesia.org
This project is part of a larger project to support anaesthesia training in Myanmar via the Myanmar Society and the universities of Medicine. For further information please email Maxine Wade, ODEC Committees Assistant: mwade@asa.org.au

Micronesia Anaesthetic Refresher Course, (MARC)
Next meeting: Palau, Tuesday 4h April - Friday 14th April, 2017
Region: Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Marshalls
Details: Biennial meeting since 1994. The MARC has provided educational support in a region chronically under resourced in anaesthetic skillsets
It has been instrumental in the formation of the Micronesian Anaesthesia Society and the promotion of safe anaesthesia in the region. For further information please email Maxine Wade, ODEC Committees Assistant: mwade@asa.org.au

Pacific Fellowship Program 2018- applications close Friday 30 June 2017
Date: 3 month scholarships for 2018
Region: Suva, Fiji Islands
Description:  This project is a partnership between the ASA and the Fiji National University postgraduate anaesthesia training program. The scholarship provides ASA and NZSA member anaesthetists the opportunity to work and teach at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, Fiji. Financial support of up to AUD $12,500 and accommodation is provided. FANZCAs and experienced Provisional Fellows are encouraged to apply.   
Please contact Justin Burke (j.burke@alfred.org.au) for further information. Applications for 2018 close Friday 30 June 2017. 

Pacific Society of Anaesthetists Refresher Course
Dates: Monday 4th September to Friday 8th September 2017
Region: Apia,Samoa
Guest Speaker: Dr Nolan McDonnell - ASA Pacific Lecturer
For further information please email Maxine Wade, ODEC Committees Assistant: mwade@asa.org.au

Essential Pain Management workshop
First meeting: Monday 2nd October to Friday 6th October 2017
Region: Thimphu, Bhutan
Details: www.essentialpainmanagement.org
This will be the first such workshop in Bhutan and will be carried out with the help of two other experienced tutors:  Dr. P. Vijayanand - Consultant, Sri Ramakrishna Pain Management & Research Institute, Coimbatore, India, and Boontuan Wattanaku, an experienced pain management nurse from Bangkok, Thailand. For further information please email Maxine Wade, ODEC Committees Assistant: mwade@asa.org.au

ASA NSC - Saturday 7th October to Tuesday 10th October - Perth 2017 
Website: http://www.asa2017.com.au
ODEC session: Theme: "The value of high impact short courses"
Sunday 8 October 2017 : Meeting Room 3 : Time: 3.15pm - 4.45pm
Chair: Dr Chris Bowden (VIC)

The value of short term service missions: Dr David Pescod (VIC)
Essential Pain Management: Dr Roger Goucke (WA)
Guest speaker: Dr Elizabeth Inaido-Lee (Fiji)
Guest speaker: Dr Victor Fesaitu (Fiji)

ODEC volunteer database

2 Consultant Anaesthetists - Labasa and LautokaFiji
The vacancies will be advertised tomorrow in the ‘Fiji Sun’. All details are on the Ministry of Employment, Productivity & Industrial Relations website through our LinkedIn page “Ministry of Civil Service, Fiji” as follows:

Zambia Anaesthesia Development Program
Global Anesthesia Fellow www.zadp.org
Commencing February and August 2018

• 2 Senior anaesthesia trainees who have finished, or close to the end of their training
• UK and non-UK international graduates invited to apply
• 6 or 12 month posts
• Opportunities to engage in education or leadership/patient safety

 An opportunity for anaesthesia trainees to join a cross-cultural training experience that aims to promote anaesthetic development in Zambia. Highlights of the post include exposure to a varied and challenging clinical case mix; education experience including simulation-based teaching and educational resource development; leadership / patient safety including supporting systems changes to improve the quality of perioperative care in Zambia; and the opportunity for involvement in research projects. We are currently seeking ongoing funding for the project with grant applications in progress. The post has excellent support from UK based ZADP team and local faculty in Zambia.

 Applications to zadproject@hotmail.com<mailto:zadproject@hotmail.com> - closing date - Friday 21 April 2017
In no more than 300 words: why you would like this posting and what you could contribute
• Curriculum Vitae (less than 5 pages)

Interviews will take place at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London in May 2017 but provision may be made for teleconferenced interviews for applicants unable to travel for interview.

 For information on the joining the Volunteering database please visit the volunteering page.  


For further information on any of the above please contact the ODEC Secretary