Who are anaesthetists?

All members of Anaesthesia Associates are specialist anaesthetists. Specialist anaesthetists are fully trained medical specialists holding a Fellowship awarded by the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (F.A.N.Z.C.A.) or equivalent College. This qualification is awarded when, after obtaining a medical degree and completing at least three years of general hospital training, the anaesthetist completes five or more years of intensive specialist training and passes higher level examinations.

All anaesthetists are encouraged to attend continuing education seminars to upgrade their skills and knowledge of new drugs, electronic equipment and techniques. Most are also members of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists which publishes its own journal and stimulates research into all aspects of anaesthesia.

The primary goal of your anaesthetist is your safety. The level of safety patients can expect in Australia is amongst the highest in the world and is almost exclusively due to the efforts of the College of Anaesthetists and the Society.

Your anaesthetist will be present with you throughout your procedure and will be carefully monitoring your vital functions including your responses to the stress of anaesthesia and surgery. Judgements will be made continuously and the management of your anaesthetic will be adjusted accordingly. Your anaesthetist will then escort you to the recovery room after your operation and, in conjunction with the recovery room staff, will supervise your recovery period to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. In total your anaesthetist will spend more time looking after you while you are in the operating suite or procedure area than any other single person.

For more information please refer to www.allaboutanaesthesia.com.au