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 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.


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.  

ODEC database
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.  

Immediate appointment Laos (Luang Prabang, Lao PDR) - OR Manager Volunteer position – Lao Friends without a Border

This is a volunteer position with a preferred 1 month minimum commitment up to 6+months. A small monthly allowance can be provided to help cover some basic costs such as food and housing for commitments of 2+ months. The role is required to be filled throughout the year and as such applications will be accepted for various time throughout the year. Requires a bachelor's degree in Nursing; 3-5 years of experience in operating theatre; management experience preferred and experience in low resource settings would be an asset. Please visit https://fwab.org/laosvolunteer for full details prior to emailing your cover letter and resume to LFHC@fwablaos.org with the subject "OR manager".

Ministry of Civil Service - Fiji - Positions available

The following positions are now available in Fiji.  Please refer to the attached for full details and how to apply.

MCS-MD 1/2017 - Consultant - Anaesthesia MD01: $132,598.88 - $147,040.88 (MOCA A)

MCS-MD 2/2017 - Chief Medical Officer - Anaesthesia MD02: $118,468.63 - $131,859.38 (MOCA A)

MCS-MD 3/2017 - Senior Medical Officer - Anaesthesia MD04: $69,429.63 - $80,467.75 (MOCA A)


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For a full list of ODEC Committee members please click here.