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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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About anaesthesia

Most of us will need the care of an anaesthetist at some stage in our lives. We've created this information to help you feel more relaxed about having surgery under anaesthesia.

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Anaesthesia training program

Our anaesthesia training program is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). 

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Special Interest Groups

Whether your interest is airway management, CTVP, or obstetric anaesthesia, there's an anaesthesia Special Interest Group (SIG) for you.

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Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia

Due to launch in 2023, this diploma is a joint initiative of ANZCA, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

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