The Asian Society of Paediatric Anaesthesiologists (ASPA) was first mooted in 1999 amongst members of the Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital Singapore. Paediatric anaesthesia colleagues from various Asian countries were consulted. With much favourable responses, a Pro-Tem committee for ASPA was formed.
The intention of forming specifically “Asian” society was to highlight needs and issues that are peculiar to Asia. We also wanted to give our Asian colleagues a platform to share ideas, techniques and experiences. As a platform for interaction between Asian countries with different healthcare needs and capabilities, we hoped to be able to form a network in which trainees from less well endowed anaesthesia communities may benefit from training fellowships in others. We also deliberately kept and (still keep) registration fees for Scientific meetings below what many consider Internationally accepted rates, so as to encourage more Asian participation.
When the Pro-tem committee was formed from paediatric anaesthesiologists in Singapore, work commenced on drafting up the Constitution and planning for the first Inaugural Meeting.
The Society was officially registered in Singapore on the 11 th August 1999.
CONSTITUTION (in brief)
The Objects of the Society:
To establish forum for exchange of views and for enhancing fellowship amongst its members
To assist in the establishment of Paediatric Anaesthesiology in Asia
To promote research and training in Paediatric Anaesthesiology
To improve Paediatric Anaesthesia services in Asian countries
To carry out all activities that would contribute to the promotion of Paediatric Anaesthesiology.
Ordinary Membership is open to all individual paediatric anaesthesiologists who are practicing in Asia. Associate Membership shall be open to all paediatric anaesthesiologists who are practicing in countries not in Asia or doctors from supporting disciplines such as paediatrics, paediatric surgery, radiology, pathology, oncology and neonatology.