In Australia and New Zealand, anaesthetists are physicians who deliver direct medical care (anaesthesia) to patients needing general or local anaesthesia for surgery and related procedures.

Duties and tasks

  • Determine anaesthetics to be used during the procedure based on critical factors including type of operation and patients current medical condition
  • Expertise in Health and Safety operations
  • Knowledge and understanding of pain management
  • Monitor patients pre and post anaesthesia
  • Perform anaesthetic care for medical surgeries
  • Work alongside the surgical team during operations

Skills required

  • Ability to remain calm during emergency situations
  • Attention to Detail
  • Excellent logical and critical reasoning talent
  • Precision and Accuracy
  • Strong verbal communication skills

Working conditions

Anaesthetists will typically work in either a major hospitals or day surgeries where they perform most of their work in operating theatres or hospital rooms. An Anaesthetist will have strong knowledge on hospital and health standards and policies and will often be "on call", which means they can work at irregular times.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) The Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) exists to promote and protect the status, independence and best interests of Australian anaesthetists. 

Medical Board of Australia: To practise as an Anaesthetist you will be required to be registered or licensed. Your licensing and registration authority is the Medical Board of Australia. 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Intensive Care Anaesthetist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Obstetric Anaesthetist
  • Pain Management Specialist

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