Working with the media

Our specialist Communications team proactively engages with the media to highlight the important work of our anaesthetists and pain specialists. This includes sharing our latest evidence-based research and patient safety initiatives.

We also actively encourage the media to contact us for expert comment and information about the health of the community.

Media releases

2024 media releases

2023 media releases


10 November

ANZCA launches karakia for patients and whānau

10 November

Health threat from vaping reaches epidemic levels among youth

16 October

ANZCA pilots new perioperative medicine diploma at New Zealand hospitals

16 October 

Magic tricks helping to calm children before operations

16 October 

Sickest patients to benefit from new campaign for faster recovery

7 October

Pain clinics seeing more patients faking illness because of social media, conference hears

6 October  

National plan to help health workforce better manage patients’ pain launched

22 August

Delirium in older patients study awarded $4.1 million NHMRC grant 

21 August

ROCKet funding boost for chronic post-surgical pain trial

20 July 

Patient care project cuts serious complications and deaths after surgery

5 July

Surgery warning on use of popular weight loss drugs

9 May

Doctors urged to use words that help, not words that hurt

9 May 

Museum’s oral history project draws on doctors’ COVID-19 experiences

7 May 

Greatest risk to patients now in the days after surgery, medical conference hears

6 May 

Anaesthetists and pain medicine specialists to meet in Sydney for keynote meeting

4 May

New clinical practice guideline a game changer for cancer treatment

3 May

Headaches and doctors’ burnout on the agenda for pain specialists’ meeting

1 May 

Doctors' own experience of menopause under the microscope 

15 March 

SNaPP study receives $A2.9 million from the Medical Research Future Fund

1 March 

Anaesthetists welcome cough medicine recall

31 January  

Managing patient risk factors a key to successful surgery, say anaesthetists

2022 media releases

2021 media releases

2020 media releases

2019 media releases

27 December Hip and knee surgery study aims to cut hospital waiting lists
19 October Call for exercise to be embedded into Australian cancer rehabilitation programs
18 October Specialists call for better recognition of cancer pain
16 October Chewing gum could be answer to debilitating post-op nausea
16 October New Zealand gets its own surgical risk calculator
16 October Anaesthetists warn of medication reactions during operations
13 October People with type 2 diabetes urged to check medications before their operation
22 August Better pain management can help New Zealand avoid an opioid crisis 
22 August Doctors need to get above the noise on social media
22 August Catching the fraudsters in medical research 
29 July ANZCA announces new CEO
12 July Medicinal cannabis is no silver bullet
17 June Australia's peak pain organisations for health professionals welcome national plan for pain management 
3 May Clearer drug labels needed to avoid medication mix-ups, conference hears
2 May Two-minute air test could replace chest x-rays, key scientific conference hears
1 May 90 per cent of hip or knee replacement patients are pre-obese or obese, says new research 
30 April Temper tantrums after a hospital stay: researchers explain why 
30 April 108  year old woman is Australia's oldest hip replacement patient
29 April The hidden cost of our digital lives revealed at key scientific conference
29 April Light therapy reduces 'jet lag' and shortens hospital stays  
28 April Implantable medical devices -- the way of the future?
27 April Chronic pain treatments and spinal cord stimulation key topics for international pain meeting 
12 April More action needed to limit opioid use after surgery: The Lancet  
8 March Burden of chronic pain in NZ worse than diabetes and dementia, says new report
1 March Women and medicine in focus on 2019 International Women's Day
28 February Pain medicine stories by the ABC and The Age joint winners of the ANZCA Media Award 
15 February Brief exposure to general anaesthesia is safe for young children: study

2018 media releases

22 December Anaesthetists awarded key grant for pilot study into chronic pain after breast cancer surgery
12 December NHMRC grant for breakthrough blood research
9 December Anaesthetist awarded $4.88 million grant for cancer surgery research
4 December Anaesthetists support Urgent Medical Treatment Bill
26 November Top pain medicine body calls for new national pain device register
26 October ANU's Dean of Medicine calls for more women specialists
19 October Australian researchers search for "holy grail" of pain relief
17 October Pain experts call on Minister Hunt to review $20 million pharmacy pain trial
16 October Life-saving stroke treatment focus of new research
16 October Anaesthetists push for targeted delirium and memory loss research
16 October Botched cosmetic surgeries prompt new patient safety information
11 October Chocolate-flavoured painkiller a breakthrough for children
12 September Pain groups note passing of PHI reform legislation with some concern
28 August New healthcare advice: Benzodiazepines will not help low back pain  
28 August Combined use of opioids and benzodiazepines can be fatal, FPM and ScriptWise warn
27 July Climate smart anaesthesia under the microscope
13 June Australia's escalating opioid use focus of pain forum
11 May Medical emergencies occur during one in 400 Australian flights, says new study
11 May Two new leaders for ANZCA and FPM
10 May  Australian-led global study unlocks the secret of IV fluid treatment for millions of patients
10 May Needle phobias a real pain for many
10 May Surgeon league tables under the microscope at scientific meeting
10 May ANZCA joins global patient safety foundation
9 May Specialist reveals challenges of treating Australia's most obese patients
8 May Does anaesthesia affect my baby's brain? 
8 May Doctor stress, burnout and hospital rosters on agenda of key medical conference in Sydney 
7 May Space exploration or catching a wave: Kids taking charge of virtual reality in hospitals 
6 May Breakthrough blood test reveals colour of chronic pain
5 May Headaches affect one in 150 women after they have been given epidurals
4 April Prescribing slow-release opioids can be fatal, leading college warns
2 March Anaesthesia and pain medicine stories joint winners of $5000 ANZCA Media Award 
16 January Hypnosis can help reduce anxiety in children before their operaiton
8 January Clock ticking for over-the-counter codeine sales

For media releases issued prior to 2018, please contact us.

Media inquiries

For media inquiries please contact:

Carolyn Jones, Media Manager
Phone: +61 3 8517 5303
Mobile: +61 408 259 369
Email: [email protected]

Reon Suddaby, Senior Communications Advisor - New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 499 1213
Mobile: +64 21 228 8072
Email: [email protected] 

Professional documents

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Last updated 14:07 11.06.2024