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About the Northern Ireland Obstetric Anaesthesia Network

NIOAN aims to:

Promote communication and exchange of information between obstetric anaesthetists in Northern Ireland.

Encourage obstetric anaesthetic participation in quality improvement, research and audit within Northern Ireland.

Encourage best practice and consistency of obstetric anaesthetic training within Northern Ireland.

Encourage communication between the multidisciplinary team to provide the highest standard of care of parturients.


Membership of the committee is open to 2 representatives from each hospital, and the obstetric anaesthesia fellow in RJMH.  All members will be eligible to vote at business meetings.



The Officers are elected by the members and comprise a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. The Officers form the planning team for all meetings, co-opting trainees and members as required.



The NIOAN annual conference is held in the first quarter of each year.  The meeting is held in a central location with the members deciding the agenda.  Provisions for CME recognition will be made where appropriate.



The Treasurer maintains the bank account with funds collected from the annual conference.  An Obstetric Anaesthetic Prize will be awarded each year at the conference.



Membership is currently free. The need to levy a subscription and the amount where appropriate will be reviewed annually.


Annual General Meeting

To ensure proper accountability, the network will hold a General Meeting annually. All members will be invited to attend the Annual Meeting. The meeting will present progress in achieving the aims of the network and report on the financial position.


Constitutional Changes

Changes to this constitution may be agreed by a majority vote of members. The Chairperson will have a casting vote.

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