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Types of anaesthesia

There are several types of anaesthesia that may be used individually or in combination, depending on the surgery.

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Anaesthesia for endoscopy

Endoscopy procedures, which include gastroscopy and colonoscopy, are frequently performed as day-stay cases.

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History of anaesthesia

Anaesthesia is one of the greatest discoveries of modern medicine. In fact, many of today’s operations, especially for the very young, very old, or very ill would not be possible without it.

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Anaesthesia and smoking

Smokers are at increased risk of respiratory, cardiac and wound-related complications following surgery.

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Anaesthesia and children

Anaesthesia is relatively safe and can be given to children of all ages, including newborn babies.

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Anaesthesia exams

In order to qualify as a specialist anaesthetist and become eligible for ANZCA fellowship, trainees need to successfully complete two exams. Each exam consists of a written and viva (oral and medical clinical) components. Some specialist international medical graduates will ne...

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Medicare Benefit Scheme (MBS) pain medicine and anaesthesia item mapping changes from 1 March 2022

Changes to item mapping in the MBS affecting both pain medicine and anaesthesia will come into effect on 1 March 2022.

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Advertised training positions

Looking for a training position? We advertise anaesthesia and pain medicine roles at all levels and across Australia and New Zealand.

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COVID-19 - information for trainees

We encourage all ANZCA trainees to refer to this list of potential impacts to education and training as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, first published on 24 March 2020.

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Join a special interest group (SIG)

Now's the perfect time to start exploring some sub-specialties. Through our involvement in Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE), ANZCA and FPM fellows have access to 17 special interest groups (SIGs) that allow practitioners to study, report and develop educational events in...

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