Research we support




Our research strategy

ANZCA has developed a research strategy for research in anaesthesia, pain and perioperative medicine that targets three critical areas:

  • Encourage research in anaesthesia, pain and perioperative medicine which benefits the community by leading to improved effectiveness, quality and safety in clinical care.

  • Develop research skills in the specialty of anaesthesia, pain and perioperative medicine.

  • Contribute to research capacity and capability in the anaesthesia, pain and perioperative medicine community.

Medical research in our specialties is crucial to human health. It provides the vital knowledge needed to improve patient safety and deliver quality outcomes related to surgery, cancer or trauma.


“Many internationally recognised researchers were first supported by the foundation as young investigators. Supporting young investigators is vital so that their enthusiasm for research in anaesthesia and pain medicine is captured and sustained. The foundation provides specific grants and scholarships to young investigators so that they can follow their dream of a career in anaesthesia and pain medicine research.” – Professor Kate Leslie, past president, ANZCA


Our research objectives

The ANZCA Research Foundation helps ANZCA pursue 10 research objectives. The Research Committee is currently reviewing these objectives as part of developing research priorities in line with the new ANZCA Research Strategy:

  • Further refinement and implementation of highly promising new methods for treating acute pain (for example, after surgery, trauma) to enable more rapid recovery.

  • Research into new techniques and drugs in sedation and anaesthesia for rapid and high quality recovery for patients.

  • ‘Brain monitoring’ during anaesthesia to give us new insights into the way anaesthesia and the brain work, and which could also prevent awareness under anaesthesia – one of the major fears of patients having surgery.

  • Further development of anaesthesia simulators and other sophisticated medical simulators, which hold great promise of major advances in the management of critical incidents in operating theatres, emergency rooms and many other settings.

  • Initiating new strategies to attack the massive problem of persistent pain in non-cancer patients.

  • Improving methods of prevention and treatment of post-operative problems such as headache, vomiting, fatigue and memory loss.

  • Increasing quality and safety in perioperative medicine.

  • Developing useful therapies to stop or to treat acute circulatory failure perioperatively.

  • Implementing new strategies to fight perioperative infections; a major cause of death in critically ill patients.

  • Launching a major attack on cancer pain in adults and children (nine out of 10 terminally ill children suffer substantially from pain in their last month of life).


ANZCA fellows regularly conduct research projects with foundation funding support, and have delivered remarkable improvements in patient outcomes. 


Research funded by the ANZCA Research Foundation has produced ground-breaking knowledge in anaesthesia, pain medicine and surgery-related medicine, which helps to reduce post-surgical complications, disability, and acute, chronic and difficult-to-treat pain.


Studies are carried out in leading hospitals and universities, and have produced major improvements in clinical practice in Australia, New Zealand and around the world.


Foundation-funded pilot projects have delivered results that have led to much larger grants from the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council, and the Health Research Council in New Zealand. This is essential to support large, multi-site clinical trials, which are required before findings can be implemented to improve clinical practice.


The foundation needs funding to support new projects, which have the potential to save thousands of lives and prevent or treat serious pain into the future.


Research highlights

Funding of $A1.5 million has been awarded through the ANZCA Research Foundation for research projects in 2019. The funding supports the Lennard Travers Professorship, 10 new project grants, 15 continuing project grants; the Simulation/Education Grant, three novice investigator grants, a scholarship stipend and the pilot grant scheme. A total of 31 investigators and their teams have been supported in 2019, in addition to the Clinical Trials Network Pilot grants.

These grants support important research initiatives that will be carried out in leading hospitals and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong and are a vital part of ANZCA’s continuing contribution to improvement in the safety and quality of patient care in anaesthesia, intensive care, perioperative medicine and pain medicine through high-quality medical research.

2019 research grants

2018 research grants
2017 research grants
2016 research grants

2015 research grants

2014 research grants 

2013 research grants

2012 research grants


The foundation has also produced Review and Research Highlights 2015 and Research Highlights 2011, which showcase foundation-funded research projects conducted by ANZCA fellows.


Further information about ANZCA research is available here


Apply for a research grant

Learn how to apply for a research grant through the ANZCA Research Foundation here or email the ANZCA Research Foundation here.


2019 grant reviewers 

Thank you to all the 2019 grant reviewers for your invaluable contributions to the Foundation's grant application review process.  ANZCA reviewers are essential to maintaining a robust and impartial approach to research grant decisions and to supporting continuous improvement in patient care through medical research.  A full list of the 2019 reviewers is available here.

2018 grant reviewers
2017 grant reviewers
2016 grant reviewers

2015 grant reviewers

2014 grant reviewers


ANZCA research awards

The Harry Daly Research Award was established in 1981 by the Faculty of Anaesthestists in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and is awarded each year to the research grant applicant whose project is ranked highest by the ANZCA Research Committee.


The John Boyd Craig Research Award is awarded each year to an outstanding applicant in honour of Dr John Boyd Craig, a patron of the foundation at the governor level.


The Russell Cole Memorial ANZCA Research Award was established following a generous donation to the ANZCA Research Foundation from the family of the late Dr Russell Cole to support a highly ranked pain related research grant, with a preference for the relief of cancer pain.


The Robin Smallwood Bequest was established following a generous bequest from the late Dr Robin Smallwood to the ANZCA Research Foundation to support a highly ranked grant in anaesthesia, intensive care or pain medicine.

The Elaine Lillian Kluver ANZCA Research Award was established following a generous gift from the estate of the late Dr Elaine Kluver to the ANZCA Research Foundation to support a highly ranked anaesthesia, analgesia or pain related research grant.

The Provisional New Fellow (PNF) ANZCA Research Award was established following a generous donation from Professor Barry Baker, retired anaesthetist, ANZCA Director of Professional Affairs, and former Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetics, University of Sydney, to the ANZCA Research Foundation to support a highly ranked novice investigator.

The ANZCA Melbourne Emerging Anaesthesia Researcher Award was established by the ANZCA Research Foundation, the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit at the University of Melbourne, and Dr Peter Lowe.  Dr Lowe, a retired Melbourne anaesthetist and ANZCA medallist, has made a generous commitment to support emerging researchers within five years of fellowship undertaking anaesthesia research at a University of Melbourne affiliated hospital through the award.

The ANZCA Melbourne Emerging Researcher Scholarship was established by the ANZCA Research Foundation, the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit (APPMU) at the University of Melbourne, and Dr Peter Lowe.  Dr Lowe, a retired Melbourne anaesthetist and ANZCA medallist, has made a generous commitment and provided a scholarship to support an early-career researcher in anaesthesia, perioperative and pain medicine.  The scholarship is available to Fellows within five years of their original qualification and advanced trainees enrolled in a research higher degree at the University of Melbourne and under the oversight of the APPMU.



The prestigious quadrennial Lennard Travers Professorship award is open to Fellows of the College in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia or Singapore to work in a nominated area of anaesthesia. The tenure of the professorship is one year and confers the title “Lennard Travers Professor of Anaesthesia”.


The Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons established the prestigious Douglas Joseph Professorship award in 1991. It is awarded to a Fellow who is making an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the specialty to pursue scholarship and research in human anaesthesia in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia or Singapore.

ANZCA staff education award 

The Joan Sheales Staff Education Award is intended to assist a staff member to attend an appropriate local or international educational meeting, conference, seminar, course or similar educational event.  Professor Barry Baker made a generous donation in 2014 in honour of past ANZCA Chief Executive Officer Ms Joan Sheales, which provides a small grant to be available every second year to help an ANZCA staff member develop their professional capacity to support the College’s delivery of high-quality training and education in the specialties.
In 2018, Hannah Sinclair, ANZCA membership manager, was the recipient of the award.  Her project was to undertake a study tour to visit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) to learn more about the services they provide, and how they deliver, support, and engage with members.

Monica Cronin, curator of the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, in 2016 was the inaugural recipient of the Joan Sheales staff education award and in 2017 attended the International Symposium on the History of Anaesthesia in Boston to understand the ways in which other heritage organisations of a similar nature are engaging with their core community, and learn about innovative practices which can then be incorporated into the ANZCA Museum.

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