National Anaesthesia Day 2022

The aim of this year's theme - Anaesthesia and children: Caring for your kids - is to help the community understand how anaesthetists keep young Australians and New Zealanders safe if they need a surgical procedure under anaesthetic.

What we're doing

With expert advice from Dr Pete Roessler (ANZCA Director of Professional Affairs, Professional Documents) and Dr Catherine Olweny and Dr Poranee Buttery, anaesthetists at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, we're developing a brand new suite of patient information resources including:

  • A short animated video aimed primarily at children, designed to help them prepare for an anaesthetic procedure.
  • An accompanying set of fact sheets for parents and carers (in English and te Reo Māori), answering frequently asked questions about anaesthesia and children.
  • A3 and A4 posters promoting National Anaesthesia Day.
  • Social media assets featuring key messages around the theme of the day.


These will available in hardcopy and as digital downloads to any fellows or trainees who'd like to hold an activity in their department; hospital foyer; or private practice. 

What you can do

  • Mark Monday 17 October in your diaries.
  • Nominate someone to organise your activities.
  • Book your hospital foyer space.


Although the theme will not be relevant for all of you, the information for #NAD22 including factsheets, a video and posters will emphasise how anaesthetists care for children as young as newborns. We’re also aware that while many of you have experienced workforce pressures due to the pandemic we hope that some of you will be able to join us in celebrating National Anaesthesia Day 2022.

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. Due to 16 October falling over the weekend we've decided to celebrate on Monday 17 October instead.

More information

Please contact communications@anzca.edu.au for more information.

  • Date

    17 October

  • Time

    12am-11.55pm

  • Location

    Hospitals around AU & NZ, Various

Last updated 17:15 16.06.2022