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Communication in Anaesthesia


The Communication in Anaesthesia Special Interest Group (SIG) has been formed. It 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.


A range of activities from the Communication in Anaesthesia SIG will be announced in coming months.


The 2014 Combined Communication, Education, Management and Welfare SIG Meeting will take place from September 19 - 21 at the Peppers Salt Resort, Kingscliff, NSW.  The theme of the meeting is 'Bridging the gap'.  We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers will be Professor Lambert Schuwirth and Mr Hugh Mackay. Professor Schuwirth will speak on educational gaps in teaching and Mr Mackay will be speaking about generation gap.


Please click here to visit the meeting website for further information


If you have any questions, please contact the Meeting secretariat Kirsty O'Connor on



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 contact Kirsty O'Connor. 

Executive committee


Position Name Region
Chair Dr Allan Cyna
Member Dr Marion Andrew SA
Dr Suyin Tan NSW
Member Dr Andrew Robinson NZ
Member Dr Andrew Love
Member Dr Guy Buchanan
Member Dr Scott Simmons
Dr Jo Sutherland


For further information contact Kirsty O'Connor or phone +61 3 9093 4998 or visit the ACECC website.

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