ANZCA National Anaesthesia Day 2023

The aim of this year's theme - Anaesthetists: Caring for our sickest patients before, during and after surgery - is to help the community understand the crucial role anaesthetists play in healthcare and the importance of an integrated, planned, and personalised approach to patient care before, during and after any surgical procedure involving anaesthesia.

#NAD23 will explain that perioperative medicine involves a wide range of healthcare professionals working together to improve the patient experience, reduce postoperative complications, reduce inpatient hospital days and reduce early readmissions following surgery.

Patient information

As always, we've developed a range of promotional and patient information resources including a video, fact sheets, posters (in English and te Reo), and a social media toolkit.

A short animated video explaining perioperative medicine

In this short animated video, we follow one patient's perioperative journey from contemplation of surgery through to recovery.

You can also download a high-res version of this video with hardcoded subtitles to play on loop as part of any display or activity you're running.

Fact sheets

Click on the images below to download and print out our perioperative care fact sheets.

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Please note: This information is a guide and should not replace information supplied by your anaesthetist. If you have any questions about your anaesthesia or perioperative care, please speak with your treating specialist. 

Did you know..?

Each year, more than four million Australians and New Zealanders will have an anaesthetic. In fact, most people will need the care of an anaesthetist at some stage in their lives – for pain relief during the birth of a baby, for a routine day-stay procedure or for a major operation requiring complex, split-second decisions that keep patients alive. But it's one of those things we don't really think about until we need it. To help you feel more relaxed about having surgery under anaesthesia, we've created a wide range of patient information.

About National Anaesthesia Day

An ANZCA initiative, National Anaesthesia Day is usually held each year on 16 October to mark the anniversary of the day in 1846 that ether anaesthesia was first demonstrated publicly. 

  • Date

    16 October

  • Time


  • Location

    Hospitals around AU & NZ Various

Last updated 14:34 11.10.2023