Anaesthesia and pain medicine stories joint winners of $5000 ANZCA Media Award

Australian writer Kate Cole-Adams and New Zealand journalist Donna Chisholm are the joint winners of the 2017 Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Media Award for 2017. Ms Cole-Adams’ entry Vanishing Act which explores what happens to patients under anaesthesia was published in Fairfax Media’s Good Weekend magazine.
“The feature article examined the significance of the ongoing ─ but often overlooked ─ debate over memory and awareness under general anaesthesia,” Ms Cole-Adams said.
Ms Chisholm’s report You Don’t Look Sick appeared in North and South magazine.
“The editor knew pain management was a significant health issue for readers. I interviewed a number of experts in the field, before finding a new treatment ─ virtual reality ─ that is producing promising results in the treatment of chronic pain,” she explained.
The award, for the best news story or feature about anaesthesia or pain medicine, was judged by former ABC journalist, lecturer and media training expert Doug Weller, anaesthetist and ANZCA Bulletin Medical Editor Dr Rowan Thomas and Ambulance Victoria media director Tom Noble.
The judges described Ms Chisholm’s feature as “an engaging, well written, and extensively researched piece that presents highly technical and complex concepts in a way that is accessible to the reader. Donna’s report describes non pharmacological treatments for chronic pain.”
The judges said Ms Cole-Adams’ entry was “a clever and challenging article that both demystifies and celebrates the world of anaesthesia. By putting herself at the centre of the story Kate takes us on a journey that keeps the reader engaged and fascinated by the continuing evolution of our understanding of anaesthesia and leaves the question open about how much more there is to discover.”
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