- About ANZCP
- ANZCP Executive Committee
- ANZCP Education Board
- Corporate Information
- ANZCP History
- Professional Affiliations
The Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists (ANZCP) is the peak body representing approximately 120 Certified Perfusionists in Australia and New Zealand.
The ANZCP is a not-for-profit, member association committed to professionally supporting its members. It achieves this by advocating for better health outcomes for Australians and New Zealanders undergoing cardiac procedures or long-term intensive care support requiring Cardio-Pulmonary Bypass (and utilising a heart-lung machine).
The ANZCP provides assurance to employers, hospitals, patients and health profession colleagues that they are receiving perfusion / extra-corporeal support services from a trained, certified and accredited perfusionist.
Perfusionists operate the heart-lung bypass machine generally during heart surgery to maintain safe and stable patient circulation while the heart is stopped for surgical repair. The patient is said to be on cardiopulmonary bypass. Perfusionists may operate such equipment during any medical situation where it is necessary to support or temporarily substitute for the patient’s heart and lung function. (Read more: What do Perfusionists do?)
The College serves as a regulatory body to uphold and promote standards for the work of Perfusionists and to advocate on behalf of the Profession and ANZCP Members.
A key objective of the ANZCP is to facilitate the provision of high-quality education, training and on-going professional development of perfusionists.
The Organisation also works to provide information for its members, other health professionals, hospitals and health services, government and for the public and to achieve official regulatory recognition.
A key focus for the Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists is to help its members obtain official recognition (course accreditation and regulation) as qualified practising perfusionists.
As a result of the College's growing advocacy initiatives, New Zealand and Australian Perfusionists have gained greater recognition for their contribution and professional endeavours. ANZCP aims to strengthen relationships with all levels of government and with hospital, employer, industry stakeholders and the public. ANZCP will continue to represent our membership on a wide range of issues including qualifications, professional standards and funding matters.
Perfusion is a self-regulated profession. Perfusionists who hold a post-graduate Perfusion qualification and meet the requirements as set out by the by the Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion are eligible to become Certified Perfusionists. They then use the post-nominal CP (Aust).
Among other Standards, there are College mandated Continuing Professional Development requirements in order to practise in Australia and New Zealand. ANZCP membership of NASRHP will also mandate ongoing Continuing Professional Development of Members.
ANZCP Executive Committee
President - Mark Ambrose
Mark went on to participate in volunteer work in Fiji with Operation Open Heart and has been involved as an instructor at the Australian Simulation and Perfusion Meeting. Mark has presented at a number of Annual Scientific Meetings of the ANZCP, receiving meritorious awards.
Mark’s relationship with the Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusion began with student membership. As a full fellow of the College he became involved with the ANZCP executive in 2015 as the Vice President. He went on to become acting President in 2016, and was then elected into the role of President of the ANZCP in 2017.
Today Mark continues to work at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital as the Deputy Director of the Department of Perfusion. He is passionate about specialist perfusion for complex Aortic Surgery and the use of perfusion simulation. He remains committed to the growth and recognition of Perfusion in Australia and New Zealand.
Vice-President - Ms Carla Zazulak
Carla has recently been on maternity leave with her third child and returns to work in early 2019 and is looking forward to being a member of the ANZCP Executive once again.
Secretary - Matthew Sheminant
Matt’s time in perfusion is coming to its conclusion and he encourages all perfusionists to actively support and become involved in their College.
Treasurer - Kuljeet Farrar
Registrar - Dr Charles McDonald
He completed the College post-graduate course in Cardiovascular Perfusion in 2000 and is currently a senior researcher for the Critical Care Research Group (a joint research initiative of TPCH and the University of Queensland). He was awarded his PhD in 2015 and has published over 35 peer reviewed publications. Charles’ interests are patient blood management, ECMO and translational research.
Ordinary Member - Ms Manel San Pablo
Details to be updated soon.
ANZCP Education Board
ABCP Chair - Prof Rob Baker
Rob was a foundation member of the team to commence Cardiac Surgery and Liver Transplantation at Flinders in 1992. Rob completed his PhD in 1996 and his Perfusion CCP in 1998. Rob works as part of the perfusion team at Flinders Medical Centre dedicated to improving patient outcomes through better perfusion practices.
He has published over 120 papers in the peer reviewed literature in both extracorporeal technology and more broadly in Cardiac Surgery. His major areas of interest include the development of registries, evidence based practices, standards and guidelines, benchmarking cardiopulmonary bypass and cardiac surgery outcomes. He chairs the Australian and New Zealand Collaborative Perfusion Registry, and is involved in a number of clinical registries. He is a co-Chair of the multidisciplinary STS/SCA/AmSECT Perfusion Task Force involved in Guideline development. Rob has given more than 100 invited presentations at National and International meetings and has received 35 Awards including the 2017 John H Gibbon Jr Award.
ABCP Secretary - Ms. Jessica Cantrick
Throughout her career Jessica has been exposed to many different and interesting surgical environments – particularly overseas, during her volunteer missions with the aid organisation Open Heart International. Trips to Rwanda, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea have opened her eyes to how perfusion differs around the world and the challenges posed by the need for cardiac surgery and perfusion in these countries.
Jessica takes a particular interest in complex surgeries including paediatrics, minimally invasive procedures and aortic surgery. She is passionate about training new perfusionists and increasing knowledge about intraoperative blood management and cell salvage. Jessica is the current course coordinator for the ABCP Autotransfusion Course and enjoys educating students from varying backgrounds on this topic.
ABCP Course Coordinator - Mr Clarke Thuys
After a year of overseas travel in 1986 I joined a local equipment manufacturer doing everything from sales to technical support and repairs. It was here that I was first exposed to the cardiac operating theatre and I was fascinated by what went on. I knew then that I really wanted to have a career with a clinical aspect. By chance (and most of us did not really plan to become perfusionists – it just happened), I was accepted as trainee at RCH and have not moved. I gained certification in 1993 via the examination process. I was caught between the Grandfathering and the introduction of an ABCP course. In a career of 30+ years I have only pumped for 1 CAG case.
I have had an interest in Perfusion Education since becoming a Board member in 2003. I have run the Board course since then, apart from the stint when the course was at Swinburne University when I developed and ran the paediatric perfusion subject. Away from work when I was younger I umpired Amateur Australian Rules football and recently retired from being a Scout Leader in my local Scout Group. I still snow ski and surf.
ABCP Member - Ms Casey Edwards
Casey was awarded ‘Best Gazette Submission’ by the Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists (ANZCP) in 2015, and with it, a two-week placement with the Open Heart International surgical volunteer group which does cardiac charity work in developing countries. She has a particular interest in pursuing scientific research. She presented at the 2017 Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting; at the 2017 ANZCP Annual Scientific Meeting (where she was awarded the ‘Sid Yarrow Award’ for the best student presentation); and at the 2017 European Congress on Extracorporeal Circulation Technology Conference in France (where she was awarded ‘Best New Presenter’). Apart from being on the Australian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, Casey is also proudly involved in running the ANZCP’s Autotransfusion course.
Casey strongly believes in giving back to the wider community and regularly speaks at universities, charities and local events as well as involving herself in a national mentoring program for regional female secondary school students. She was honoured to deliver the keynote address at the closing ceremony for the National Youth Science Forum in 2018.
ABCP Member - Mr Adam Roshan
In 2010, after completing his Master’s degree in Advanced Clinical Practice (Nursing), Adam took the opportunity to broaden his clinical experience by working as a Donor Coordinator in both Australia and the United States. During this time he was able to acquire the skills required to evaluate organ donors, providing donor management, organ placement to transplant services and working with transplant surgical teams.
Adam returned to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney in 2014 and commenced his formal training as a Clinical Perfusionist, becoming a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists in 2017. He is currently enjoying consolidating his perfusion practice especially in the areas of ECMO Retrieval, Solid Organ Resuscitation and Retrieval, Mechanical Circulatory Support and training medical and nursing staff in high fidelity immersive ECMO simulation workshops.
ANZCP Corporate Information
The ANZCP is a not-for-profit, member association registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria.
ABN: 59 896 655 656
The ANZCP Regulation and Guidelines Document is being reviewed.
The ANZCP History page is being updated and will be available soon.
Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA)
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AHPA is the national peak body for major health professions and their representative bodies other than medical practitioners, nurses and unions. AHPA works to represent the interests of the allied health professions sector, particularly to the Federal Government; and to provide a vehicle for liaison and discussion between the professions themselves.
National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions – NASRHP
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NASHRP was formed in 2008 under the auspices of Allied Health Professions Australia to support member organisations of self regulating professions. NASRHP has developed benchmark standards for these professional bodies to support robust processes for the accreditation of entry level training programs and and the credentialing of individuals in these professions. NASRHP is also an advocacy body for these professions. NASRHP is supported by Federal Government funding.
American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology
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The mission of AmSECT is to foster improved patient care and safety by providing for the continuing education and professional needs of the extracorporeal circulation technology community. AmSECT has over 2,000 members throughout the world and is dedicated to promoting the perfusion profession.