A specialist anaesthetist is a fully qualified medical doctor who, after obtaining their medical degree, has spent at least two years working in the hospital system before completing a further five years of training in anaesthesia.
Thanks to Australian anaesthetists, Australia is one of the safest countries in the world to undergo surgery.
Clinical anaesthesia is built on the knowledge of physiology (how the body works) and pharmacology (how medications work in the body). They know how the body responds to anaesthesia and surgery, and how a patient’s health affects these responses.
Relieving pain and suffering is central to the practice of anaesthesia, which involves administering medications to eliminate sensations, including pain. This allows doctors to perform medical and surgical procedures without causing undue distress or discomfort to the patient.
Anaesthetists are highly qualified specialist doctors with unique clinical knowledge and skills. They have a major role in the perioperative care of surgical patients and are closely involved in other important fields of medicine such as resuscitation, intensive care medicine, pain medicine, retrieval, disaster response and hyperbaric medicine. They also provide pain relief for women during labour and delivery.
Throughout their practice, anaesthetists must participate in a continuing professional development (CPD) program in order for them to practice.