Direct enquiries to the Secretariat, Anna Pears, Executive Officer, Royal Australasian College of Physicians. DDI (04) 460 8126
Any information submitted to the NZCC for review must be submitted on the forms provided via the above link and must be accompanied with the appropriate application fee.
The Conjoint Committee is a National Body comprising representatives from the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology, the New Zealand Committees of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The Committee has responsibility for the provision of guidelines relevant to the acceptable standards of training in gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures and the maintenance of a register of specialists who have attained these standards.
The major purpose of the NZ Conjoint Committee is to provide guidelines relevant to acceptable standards of training in gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures for trainees in Advanced Training Programs. Once training has commenced, they must record their training according to the guidelines as outlined below, the log books must be supplied and trainees must complete a minimum of experience before they can be assessed by a Supervisor , who will usually be recognised by the NZ Conjoint Committee. Trainees applying for recognition of gastrointestinal training should forward the log books of their experience together with a Supervisor’s report attesting to the candidates competence plus two referee’s reports.
The following recommendations are based on current literature data of “Learning Experience.” Numbers apply only to those procedures performed unassisted, but under supervision. Logbooks should include both assisted and unassisted procedures. This includes all attempts both successful and unsuccessful.
Details of all cases attempted, including those not successfully completed, must be recorded prospectively in the log books provided. These details include indications complications, degrees of success and time taken. The time taken is recorded as a guide for the supervisor and is considered to be much less important than the successful completion of a procedure with minimal discomfort for the patient and no complications.
Trainees are required to perform at least 200 unassisted and complete examinations independently under supervision. Examinations must include a minimum of 20 emergency or therapeutic procedures (excluding polypectomy).
Trainees are required to have previous recognition of training in upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Trainees must complate a minimum of 200 unassisted ERCPs in patients with intact papillary sphincters. Procedures performed must include a minimum of 80 supervised, independently performed sphincterotomies in patients with intact papillary sphincters and a minimum of 60 stents. Cannulations performed on patients with previous sphincterotomies or stents should be prospectively recorded in the log book to permit assessment of the entire teaching experience.
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It is recommended that a minimum of 15 instruments be cleaned under supervision by an experienced endoscopy nurse/technician. This should be recorded in the log book.
The Supervisor should:
Applications must be lodged on the official form. Only original documents will be accepted (no faxed copies).
Application of the processing of fees is $200.00 per category and can be paid by cheque or online, to the NZ Conjoint Committee Account : 02-0500-0605655-00. Please include the initials of your first name and your full last name in reference code when making a payment
The NZ Conjoint Committee meets as required and applicants will be notified within 4 months of their application.
Please forward applications to with a covering letter:
NZ Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Endoscopy Training
c/- Royal Australasian College of Physicans
PO Box 10-601