Communication in Anaesthesia SIG


The Communication in Anaesthesia Special Interest Group (SIG) plans to develop workshops and resources and provide guidance to help improve anaesthetists’ skills in all aspects of their work, including patient care (for example, needle-phobic patients), working with surgeons and other health professionals, administrators, and the media.

In addition, the SIG hopes to be able to provide support in teaching and research related to communication in anaesthesia.



2018 Communication in Anaesthesia SIG workshop day
The 2018 Communication in Anaesthesia SIG workshop day will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, on October 5, 2018. Registrations open Saturday March 31.


The Communication in Anaesthesia SIG  will hold a session at the ASA NSC on Sunday October 7, 2018.

Informed Consent: Illusion or Reality?
Q&A Panel Session
Panel: Dr David Elliott, Dr Allan Cyna, Dr Suyin GM Tan, Professor Judy McKimm
Chair: Associate Professor Scott Simmons

2018 Combined Communication, Education, Welfare, and Leadership and Management SIG meeting 
The combined SIG meeting will be held on September 21 to 23, at the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, Byron Bay. The theme for the meeting is "Turning potential into performance" and will be convened by the Medical Education SIG. To register, please visit the meeting website for further information.

Past Events

2017 Combined Communication, Education, Management and Welfare SIG Meeting

October 27 to 29, 2017, Novotel Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
To view the session slides from this meeting, please visit the meeting website.

2016 Combined Communication, Education, Management and Welfare SIG Meeting

October 7 to 9, 2016, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, NSW. 
To view the presentation slides, please visit the meeting website.



Keep track of the latest resources in Communication in Anaesthesia with our new Library Guides.



Membership of Communication in Anaesthesia SIG is open to fellows, members of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists. Fellows of other colleges, practitioners and allied health professionals are encouraged to participate as associate members. 


To join the Communication in Anaesthesia SIG, please download an application form or contact the SIG coordinator via Email or Phone +61 3 9510 6299.



Position Name Region
Chair Dr Allan Cyna SA
Member Dr Marion Andrew SA
Member Dr Suyin Tan NSW
Member Dr Andrew Robinson NZ
Member Dr Andrew Love NZ
Member Dr Guy Buchanan ACT
Member Associate Professor Scott Simmons  Vic


For further information contact Events or phone +61 3 9510 6299 or visit the ACE website.


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