National Anaesthesia Day 2019

“Preparing for your anaesthesia” is the theme of the ANZCA 2019 National Anaesthesia Day on Wednesday October 16, the anniversary of the day in 1846 that ether anaesthesia was first demonstrated in Boston, Massachusetts.

The aim of the #NAD19 theme is to help the community understand the importance of preparing for an anaesthetic – such as getting fit, stopping smoking or discussing any allergies they may have.

To help celebrate, ANZCA has developed a package of materials for you to use and/or to share with patients. These include a set of three posters, information fact sheets and a new web-based video which can be used in displays and waiting areas. 
 
 


Anaesthesia is one of the greatest discoveries of modern medicine. And many of today’s operations, especially for the very young, very old or very ill would not be possible without it. 

Most of us have some idea of what to expect from a general anaesthetic. But what actually happens when your anaesthetist asks you to count backwards from 10? This short animated video "What is anaesthesia" answers some of the most commonly-asked questions about anaesthesia. 
 


Other resources

Check out our full range of anaesthesia factsheets about having anaesthetic procedures. They cover off everything from cosmetic surgery to having a baby.

And if you're an anaesthetist or other medical professional, don't forget to download your National Anaesthesia Day toolkit that can be printed off by patients or anaesthetists. 


What we're doing

We need the support of as many fellows, hospitals and private practises as possible. 

 

ANZCA’s Communications team is available to support or discuss any initiative for National Anaesthesia Day. We will also be distributing media releases to newspapers, TV and radio stations throughout Australia and New Zealand, talking to our health and medical reporter contacts, and organising interviews between key college officers and the media.

If you would like any help or information, please email Media Manager Carolyn Jones or call +61 3 8517 5303 or +61 408 259 369. In New Zealand, please email NZ Communications Manager Adele Broadbent or call +64 27 576 4644.

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