Airway Management SIG

The main objective of the Airway Management SIG is the promotion of science, education, exchange and distribution of ideas between anaesthetists with a particular interest and involvement in airway management. The group collaborate and have established links with other airway societies both within Australia and New Zealand and internationally.

The Airway Management SIG was set up to advance all aspects of airway management through the exchange of experience and knowledge.

Difficult Airway Alert

The Airway Management SIG have long aspired to consistent reporting of difficult airway information and we are working toward the ultimate goal of a patient protective airway database.

The Queensland Difficult Airway Alert project has developed a standardised airway alert form supported by a background document with agreed definitions for difficult airway, difficulty with bag mask ventilation, supraglottic airway ventilation and tracheal intubation, both direct and videolaryngoscopy. The documents provide guidance on when an alert should be generated and how difficult airway information is disseminated.

The working group has also made additions to the SNOMED clinical terms system to allow for difficult airway information to be more accurately reflected in electronic health records. A longer term the goal is to utilise this standardised form into a point of care database for difficult airway alert information. In Australia this will need to be achieved through My Health Record and consultation with the Australian Digital Health Agency towards this intention is in progress.

The form has recently been updated after broad consultation with users of the form and airway experts across Australia and New Zealand. It reflects contemporary thinking on how best to relay information regarding a difficult airway. ANZCA are pleased to endorse the form and encourage its use to standardise communication surrounding this important clinical event.

The form can easily be rebranded for any local hospital or health service or an ANZCA branded version can be utilised by individual practitioners. The copyright agreement with QLD Statewide Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care Clinical Network (SWAPNet) require the copyright information to remain in the left border of the document and no clinical information to be altered. If you would like further information regards the form the SWAPNet co-ordinator can be contacted via email.

Executive committee




Chair and newsletter editor

Dr Linda Beckmann


Airway lead in South Australia

Dr Yasmin Endlich


Education Liaison and newsletter support liaison Dr Gordon Chapman WA

Airway lead in Tasmania and Victoria

Dr Pierre Bradley 


Executive member  Dr Maryanne Balkin Vic

Education liaison and newsletter support liaison

Dr Scott Douglas 


Honorary member

Dr Andy Heard


Education liaison

Dr Adam Rehak


Equipment and industrial liaison, airway leads in New Zealand

Dr Chris Jephcott


Environment and sustainability - supporting the SIG in an advisory role

A/Prof Forbes McGain


Airway leads in South Australia and Northern Territory

Dr Richard Semenov


Newsletter support liaison and NSW Airway lead

Dr Tish Stefanutto


Research liaison

Professor André Van Zundert


Honorary member

Professor Ellen O'Sullivan


New South Wales lead Dr Gerri Kong NSW

Contact us

For further information, please contact us or visit the ACE website.

Airway leads networks

The Airway Management Special Interest Group (SIG) is developing a network of airway leads throughout the Australian healthcare sector. Members will work collaboratively to improve airway management in anaesthesia. A similar network already exists in New Zealand.

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Airway management resources

Access a wide range of resources related to airway management through the ANZCA Library.

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Apply to join a SIG

Joining a SIG is the perfect way to meet like-minded people; exchange ideas; and shape the future of your sub-speciality or area of interest.

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Upcoming ACE events

From multi-day special interest group conferences to evening lectures at the local pub, there's an ACE event for everyone.
9 September 2022 - 11 September 2022 | Cairns

Join the Wellbeing, Communication, Medical Education and Leadership & Management Special Interest...

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30 July 2022 - 31 July 2022 | Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Join us for the 2022 Melbourne Winter Anaesthetic Meeting on 30-31 July, 2022.

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20 October 2022 | Te Papa, Wellington, NZ

Please join us for the 2022 Neuroanaesthesia SIG meeting to be held on Thursday October 20 at Te...

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26 November 2022 | University of Sydney

Save the date for the NSW ACE Anatomy Workshop to be held 26 November, 2022.

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12 November 2022 - 13 November 2022 | Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific

Save the date for the NSW ACE Spring Meeting to be held on 12-13 November, 2022 at the Crowne...

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24 November 2022 - 26 November 2022 | Noosa

The Perioperative Medicine SIG meeting will take place from 24-26 November at Peppers Noosa...

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16 July 2022 - 17 July 2022 | Peppers Noosa

Join us at the 2022 Queensland ACE meeting "Making waves", to be held in Noosa on 16-17 July, 2022.

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11 August 2022 - 13 August 2022 | Thredbo Alpine Hotel, Thredbo

Join us at the 2022 Scan and Ski Workshop "Regional ultrasound scanning workshop for peripheral...

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20 August 2022 | Relbia, Tasmania

Join us for the 2022 Tasmanian ACE Winter Meeting at Josef Chromy Winery, Tasmania.

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28 October 2022 - 30 October 2022 | Pullman Resort, Bunker Bay

Save the date for the 2022 WA ACE Country Conference to be held at the Pullman Resort, Bunker Bay...

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8 October 2022 - 9 October 2022 | Hotel Realm

After a two year hiatus, the organising team is very excited to host this face-to-face meeting...

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24 September 2022 | Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo

Join us at the Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo for the 2022 SA ACE Conference

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25 July 2022 | The Lion Hotel, North Adelaide

Join us for the SA evening meeting on Malignant Hyperthermia

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Last updated 13:27 20.06.2022