National Anaesthesia Day

ANZCA 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 an operation, their wellbeing during their operation and their recovery. This year's theme is "Anaesthesia isn't sleep; it's so much deeper".

How anaesthetists can get involved

Our ANZCA National Anaesthesia Day has grown a lot each year, with very strong fellow and trainee, hospital and community participation, accompanied by widespread media coverage.
Some hospitals and clinics set up comprehensive foyer displays, others simply display the ANZCA National Anaesthesia Day posters and patient information (see examples from 2017). 

We aim to have a National Anaesthesia Day champion in as many hospitals in Australia and New Zealand as possible. These are anaesthetists we can send promotional material (such as posters and flyers) to and help to set up foyer displays.

If you have a colleague who is perhaps conducting research, please let us know. We're always looking for research stories to promote to the media.


Here are three ways everyone can help

  1. Mark Tuesday October 16 in your diaries.
  2. Book your hospital foyer space. 
  3. Follow our hashtag #NAD18 on Twitter.
If you are able to help or have any other ideas, please email us or call Carolyn Jones in Australia on +61 3 8517 5303 or Adele Broadbent in New Zealand on +64 4 495 9787.

Previous National Anaesthesia Days

Each year we look at a different aspect of anaesthesia. Click on the images below to see past themes.

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