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About us

The Department of Anaesthesia provides anaesthesia cover for 12 operating theatres, 2 procedure rooms and 2 endoscopy rooms, as well as a number of areas outside the operating suite including Austin Health Departments of Radiology and Cardiology.

Outpatient services include four Pre-Admission Anaesthesia Clinics and 1 Chronic Pain Clinic.

We employ a total of 54 consultant anaesthetists, 15 registrars and 4 HMOs (residents).

Anaesthesia and good pain management play a vital role in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients at Austin Health. Our consultant anaesthetists work in close collaboration with other departments to provide exceptional patient care, equal to the best available anywhere in the world.

Our anaesthetists are involved in the assessment of patients before their operation to select the most appropriate anaesthetic technique for each patient. Patient safety is paramount.

We endeavour to keep all patients and their families well informed about what they will experience before and after their surgery. In the operating theatre, our anaesthetists expertly monitor all patients continuously using the most modern equipment available.

Our anaesthetists have published widely and are involved in research as well as advisory and educational roles outside of the Austin Hospital.