The Joint Consultative Committee on Anaesthesia (JCCA) is a tripartite committee with representatives from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) (RACGP Rural) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). The current membership of the JCCA is four specialist anaesthetists from ANZCA, two rural GP anaesthetists nominated by RACGP Rural, and two rural GP anaesthetists nominated by ACRRM. The JCCA normally meets in February, July and November of each year.
Representing RACGP (RACGP Rural)
- Assoc Prof Richard Watts Chair
- Dr Stuart Prosser
- Dr Neville Green
- Dr Andrew Michael
- Dr Rodney Mitchell
- Dr Brian Spain
- Dr Phillip Gribble
- Dr Charles Nadin
If you have any issues you would like discussed by the JCCA, send the details to:
Ms Pam Garrard
100 Wellington Parade East Melbourne VIC 3002
P: 03 8699 0577
F: 03 8699 0400
Curriculum Statement in Anaesthesia for Advanced Rural Skills and Advanced Specialised Training, Fourth Edition 2010
The JCCA supervises and examines GP registrars from the RACGP and ACRRM who are completing a twelve-month advanced rural skills (ARS) / advanced specialised training (AST) post in anaesthesia, using the Curriculum Statement in Anaesthesia for advanced rural skills and advanced specialised training (CSA), Fourth Edition, 2010 as the basis of the training. This training includes:
- A twelve month training period in a JCCA-accredited post
- A satisfactory report from the director of the training department. This report may be generated in a similar fashion to the in-training assessment process for ANZCA trainees. Registrars must produce this satisfactory report of training from their supervisor before they are permitted to sit for the examination.
- Success in the JCCA examination
The JCCA, in liaison with ANZCA, inspects and accredits the ARS/AST training posts for these registrars, and oversees the examination process in anaesthesia. The training posts are mainly in ANZCA accredited hospitals, but there are some in ANZCA non-accredited hospitals. All hospitals accredited for ANZCA training are accepted for accreditation as a training post upon submission of relevant documentation relating to the GP anaesthesia training to be offered by the hospital.
It is possible that the Joint Consultative Committee on Anaesthesia (JCCA) can consider prior training towards the issue of a statement of equivalence to its Curriculum Statement in Anaesthesia for advanced rural skills and advanced specialised training (CSA) but this is not guaranteed. Each applicant’s case is treated individually with consideration being given to the original training and its format, assessment reports, rural general practice training and referee reports provided.
An administration fee is due for the issue of the confirmation letter following successful completion of training and/or a statement of equivalence. This is set at $77.00 (includes GST).
The curriculum can be downloaded below.
- Registrar enrolment in training
Registrars who have arranged a training position must enrol with the JCCA’s Secretariat at the commencement of training. Appendix 1 of the CSA training curriculum is to be completed and forwarded to the JCC Secretariat @ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Completion of emergency medicine course as part of training
There is a requirement for completion of an emergency medicine course as part of the GP anaesthesia training or for a secure position to be confirmed within a future course. The approved courses are:
- Early Management of Severe Trauma Course (EMST)/Advanced Trauma Life Support Course (ATLS)
- Emergency Management of Anaesthetics Crises Course (EMAC). (It is the policy of the EMAC organisers that anyone attending EMAC must have first completed one year of accredited anaesthetic training (this includes the JCCA’s GP anaesthesia training).
- Emergency Life Support Course (ELS)
- ACRRM REST course
For registrars who have not completed the emergency medicine course prior to their training completion date advice of a secure position in a future course is to be advised. The certificate of satisfactory completion of the course is to be supplied to the JCCA within two weeks of completion. This regulation relates to the JCCA’s training. If you intend to apply for the RACGP’s FARGP or the FACRRM it is recommended that you contact the relevant College to enquire on regulations for completion of emergency medicine courses for application for these awards.
Maintenance of Professional Standards Program
The JCCA has a CPD/PDP program in place known as the Maintenance of Professional Standards program (MOPS). It enables rural GP anaesthetists to maintain their skills and knowledge in anaesthesia. While this program is voluntary, many hospitals are insisting on participation.
Rural GPAs who have successfully completed the JCCA’s ARS/AST training are automatically registered in the MOPS program database for the triennium of their training. If they wish to enrol for successive triennia, the JCCA Secretariat is to be advised.
Information on the 2014-16 program and application forms is detailed in the program handbook below. A fee is payable to enrol in the program. The MOPS program is a non compulsory CPD/PDP program.
GP anaesthetists enrol with the JCCA MOPS program by completing the enrolment form included with the handbook. This application requires evidence of anaesthesia training, qualifications, recent caseload, curriculum vitae, and reports on completion of a supervised clinical attachment and the JCCA's examination, to be attached.
GP anaesthetists wishing to participate in the JCCA MOPS program who enrolled during the 2002-04 triennium and after or completed the ARS/AST training, are not required to complete a detailed enrolment form for each triennium. However, a registration form is to be completed advising of the GP anaesthetist's intention to participate in the MOPS program each triennium. GP anaesthetists who participated prior to 2002‑04 need to complete an enrolment form and the entry requirements.
The enrolment and registration forms have also been provided separately in a format which can be completed electronically and then printed out to fax or mail to the JCCA Secretariat. Please click on the relevant links at the bottom of this page.