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What Is An Anaesthetist?

An Anaesthetist is a specialist doctor who has undergone medical training in the specialty of Anaesthesia.

What is an Anaesthetist?


A Specialist Anaesthetist is a doctor who has undergone further medical training in the specialty of Anaesthesia. Having completed medical school and worked for a minimum of 2 years as a doctor, the Anaesthetist must then complete at least 5 further years of anaesthetic training. During that time your Anaesthetist is trained in all aspects of medicine related to patient care before, during and after surgery including pain management, resuscitation, the management of medical emergencies and intensive care. In addition, Anaesthetists may also study and have sub-speciality interests in specific areas such as Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Cardiac Anaesthesia.

All CAG Anaesthetists will be registered with the Medical Board of Australia and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). Every Anaesthetist takes part in the continuing medical education program run by the College or equivalent, to ensure they remain up to date with the rapid changes in Anaesthesia and Medicine.

- ANZCA Patient Handout - What Is An Anaesthetist?

Why do you need an Anaesthetist?


It is an Anaesthetist’s job to oversee your wellbeing throughout your procedure in the safest and most comfortable fashion.

You will meet your Anaesthetist prior to your procedure and discuss your past surgical and medical history as well as the important aspects of your upcoming care. Your Anaesthetist needs to understand your complete medical history to know which is the best anaesthetic medicine and anaesthetic procedure for you. Australia is the safest country in the world to undergo an anaesthetic. Nonetheless, every anaesthetic involves some risk and every procedure has a possibility of a complication. Your Anaesthetist will discuss the relevant risks with you.

During the operation Anaesthetists are responsible for administering the anaesthesia medications, fluids and pain relief, and monitoring your vital functions such as heart, lungs, kidneys and brain to ensure your safety throughout. Surgical procedures put significant stress on the body and without modern anaesthesia the majority of these procedures would not be possible. Anaesthetists also ensure you have a comfortable post-operative recovery.


Anaesthetist Fees


The fee for your anaesthetic is dependent on the procedure, complexity of the anaesthesia service and time spent with you. The final ‘gap’ (out of pocket expense) will largely depend on your health fund. Payment (credit card or direct deposit) may be required in full before the day of the surgery.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Anaesthetist beforehand.

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