ANZCA National Anaesthesia Day 2020

Each year we celebrate ANZCA National Anaesthesia Day across Australia and New Zealand on October 16, the anniversary of the day in 1846 that ether anaesthetic was first demonstrated in Boston, Massachusetts.

About ANZCA National Anaesthesia Day

Anaesthesia is one of the greatest discoveries of modern medicine and 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. 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 specific needs. If you have any questions about your anaesthesia, please speak with your treating specialist.

Each year, hospitals across Australia and New Zealand celebrate National Anaesthesia Day in different ways with many setting up foyer booths with displays of equipment and mannequins. They have anaesthetists on hand to answer questions and hand out patient information sheets.

We also run a media campaign to highlight anaesthesia and the theme chosen each year.

  • Date

    31 March - 30 June

  • Time

    3:24 PM - 3:25 PM

  • Location

    Anaesthesia departments around Australia and New Zealand, TBC

Last updated 09:06 30.06.2020