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.


The Communication in Anaesthesia SIG will hold a session at the upcoming 2018 joint ANZCA ASM and RACS ASC, on May 10, 2018 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney, at 2-3.30pm. The theme of the meeting is “Talking outcomes”, and sessions are as follows:

Cutting through diffi cult conversations with surgeons - Dr Suyin Tan
How not to needle the needle phobic - Dr James Griffi ths
The patient-physician relationship and clinical outcomes - Dr Arden Morris

Past Events

2017 Combined Communication, Education, Management and Welfare SIG Meeting

October 27-29, 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 7-9, 2016, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, NSW. 
To view the presentation slides, please visit the meeting website.



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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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