History and Heritage

 

History of ANZCA

Anaesthetists originally were members of organisations representing physicians and surgeons, but as anaesthesia developed as a specialist field, so did the need for specific education and qualifications.  Read more about the history of ANZCA.

 

History of FPM

Pain medicine was recognised as a medical specialty by the Australian Medical Council in November 2005 and by the Medical Council of New Zealand in December 2012.  Read more about the history of FPM.

 

College coat of arms

The College arms and crest feature Andreas Vesalius and William Harvey, who represent the heritage of anaesthesia. Read more about their contribution and interesting facts about the College arms and crest.

 

History of anaesthesia and pain medicine

Anaesthesia refers to the practice of administering medications or gases that block the feeling of pain and other sensations, allowing medical and surgical procedures to be undertaken without causing undue discomfort to the patient.  Read more about the history of anaesthesia and pain medicine.

  

Geoffrey Kaye Museum

Founded in 1935 by Dr Geoffrey Kaye (1903-1986), the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History chronicles the history of anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and pain medicine. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive anaesthetic history collections in the world. 

 

Oral histories

Find out more about the oral history project which supplements the College's history and heritage holdings, and builds on our considerable research and educational resources.

 

Historical archives

The ANZCA archives document the history and administration of ANZCA and its predecessor, the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, from 1952 until the present. The archives also hold records of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

 

History and Heritage Reference Panel 

ANZCA's History and Heritage Expert Reference Panel reports to the ANZCA chief executive officer on matters relating to the history and heritage of the College, including the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

 

Ulimaroa

The College headquarters is made up of two buildings, a gracious two-storey mansion, Ulimaroa, and ANZCA House, completed in 2001.  Read about the fascinating history of Ulimaroa.  

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