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 and ageing".

How age can affect the anaesthesia process

The anaesthesia and ageing theme will explore the effects of anaesthesia on the ageing body at a time when the population is getting older.

Patients will be encouraged to talk to their anaesthetist about current medications and conditions they have that may affect their anaesthetic and whether in some cases there may be alternatives to surgery.

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 2016). 

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 with a particular interest in anaesthesia and ageing, or is perhaps conducting research, please let us know. We're always looking for research stories to promote to the media.


Resources for hospitals and private practices

We have produced a series of resources aimed at helping patients understand the effects of anaesthesia on the ageing body and encouraging them to discuss their options with their anaesthetist.  

Here are three ways everyone can help

  1. ‚ÄčMark Monday October 16 in your diaries.
  2. Follow our hashtag #NAD17 on Twitter.
  3. Put up a poster. We will be sending these to all hospitals in September 2017 or they can be printed off this website.
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 Susan Ewart 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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