Most people will need the care of an anaesthetist at some stage in their lives. But it's one of those things we don't really think about until we need it. We've created this information to help you feel more relaxed about having surgery under anaesthesia.

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


Australia and New Zealand are two of the safest places in the world to have a general anaesthetic. And all anaesthetists are highly trained specialist doctors. Your anaesthetist will have worked for at least two years as a junior doctor after finishing medical school, then complete at least five years of training to become a specialist anaesthetist.

Every patient is different, every anaesthetic is different and anaesthetists will make modifications according to the specific needs. If you have any questions about your anaesthesia, please speak with your treating specialist.


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The links below give more details about various aspects of anaesthesia.



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