National Anaesthesia Day 2021

The aim of this year's theme - Anaesthesia and having a baby - is to help the community understand how anaesthetists keep women and their babies safe if they need an anaesthetic before, during or after the birth.

You might not need the care of an anaesthetist when you’re carrying and delivering your baby, but it’s good to know what your options are..

What we're doing

Hospital foyer displays and staff activities

Due to the ongoing pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers and facilities, this year's celebrations will, understandably, be low key in most hospitals. But we're delighted to have the support of National Anaesthesia Day champions in more than 50 hospitals and obstetric facilities across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Click the icon below to download our DIY bunting kit.

Posters and fact sheets

In collaboration with clinicians and community representatives (including Associate Professor Victoria Eley and Dr Jane Brown - co-chairs of the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG), we've produced a series of posters (including our first poster translated into te Reo Māori) and a set of three fact sheets in English and in te Reo Māori). We've sent these to all participating hospitals. Click the images below to download and print A1-sized versions of the posters.

        

Patient information video

We've launched a new animated patient information video designed to guide conversations between patients and healthcare professionals, and to provide reassurance and advice to pregnant women about the safety of anaesthesia before, during, and after having a baby.

Social media campaign

We'll be running a social media campaign across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #NAD21. We'd encourage all fellows, trainees, specialist international medical graduates, and allied healthcare professionals to support this campaign by sharing our posts and adding their own perspectives.

Our #NAD21 social media toolkit contains a suite of artwork files including Instagram Stickers, shareable images, and animated GIFs to help you to share your support on the day.

#NAD21 toolkit

What you can do

Anaesthetists and anaesthesia departments

Every year, hundreds of fellows and trainees in dozens of hospitals and private practices around Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand get involved in activities that support our annual theme and raise the profile of our profession in the community. These can range from simple foyer displays to hands-on demonstrations. It's not too late to get involved and we'd love to share your stories.

Our #NAD21 social media toolkit contains a suite of artwork files including Instagram Stickers, shareable images, and animated GIFs to help you to share your support on the day.

#NAD21 toolkit

Obstetricians and midwives

We'd love to engage as many midwives and obstetricians as possible in our activities on the day, and hope that the new resouces we've developed will complement the existing information available from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; the Australian College of Midwives; and the New Zealand College of Midwives.

Our #NAD21 social media toolkit contains a suite of artwork files including Instagram Stickers, shareable images, and animated GIFs to help you to share your support on the day.

#NAD21 toolkit

General practitioners

As Australasia’s leading authority on anaesthesia and pain medicine, ANZCA provides accessible, evidence-based information designed to help you and your patients make informed decisions. Our patient information fact sheets and videos have been developed by specialist medical physicians. 

Our #NAD21 social media toolkit contains a suite of artwork files including Instagram Stickers, shareable images, and animated GIFs to help you to share your support on the day.

#NAD21 toolkit

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 18 October instead.

More information

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

  • Date

    18 October

  • Time

    12:00 AM - 11:55 PM

  • Location

    Hospitals around AU & NZ, Various

Last updated 10:37 18.10.2021