The College communicates many of its activities through interaction with the media.

Media inquiries

For media inquiries please contact:
Carolyn Jones
Media Manager
Phone: +61 3 8517 5303
Mobile: +61 408 259 369



National Anaesthesia Day

National Anaesthesia Day is celebrated each year across Australia and New Zealand on October 16, the anniversary of the day in 1846 that ether anaesthetic was first demonstrated in Boston, Massachusetts.

The aim of National Anaesthesia Day is to raise awareness of the role anaesthetists play in patients' preparation for surgery, their wellbeing during surgery and their recovery.


See here for more information about National Anaesthesia Day.

Media releases


ANZCA Media Award 2018

The ABC and The Age are the joint winners of the 2018 $A5000 ANZCA Media Award.
The ABC’s Alison Branley and Rebecca Armitage were recognised for their January 28, 2018 online and TV report “Pain and gain when products pulled from shelves” which examined the removal of codeine as an over-the-counter pain medicine. Reporters Liam Mannix and Aisha Dow of The Age were also winners for their investigation into the drug Lyrica, one of Australia’s most popular pharmaceutical drugs. The investigation led to two stories in November and December 2018 that revealed the drug was being overprescribed as an alternative to opioids for pain relief and highlighted personal case studies of people who had taken the drug.

Entries were judged on their originality and the impact they may have had in giving the community a better understanding of anaesthesia or pain medicine.

See here for the following information:


Previous winners



About ANZCA cover

For more information about ANZCA, please see the About ANZCA booklet published in 2010.



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