What is an Anaesthetist?


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

Who is an Anaesthetist?

An Anaesthetist is the medical specialist who helps you through your operation. Anaesthetist’s are specialist consultants who are trained in all aspects of medicine related to patient care before, during and after surgery. They specialise in pain management, resuscitation, the management of medical emergencies and intensive care.

Anaesthetist’s also study in specific areas such as Obstetrics, Cardiothoracics, ENT (Ear Nose Throat surgery) and Paediatrics.

Your Anaesthetist is registered with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). Every Anaesthetist takes part in the continuing medical education program run by ANZCA, to ensure they remain up to date with the rapid changes in Anaesthesia and medicine.

Why do you need an Anaesthetist?

Anaesthetist’s make sure you do not feel any pain and/or stay asleep during your procedure. Anaesthetists also ensure you wake up comfortably.

Surgical procedures put significant stress on the body and without Anaethetists the majority of these procedures would not be possible.

Anaesthetist’s spend 16+ years studying and training to look after you before, during and after your operation. They are an Australian Doctor that is officially recognised as a consultant in the specialty of anaesthesia.

What does that mean for you?

On the day of the surgery, it is your Anaesthetist’s job to get you through your procedure in the safest and most comfortable fashion.

They will assess you in the pre-operative area before moving you into the operating theatre. Once in the operating theatre an intravenous cannula will be inserted, and monitoring will be applied. After you have breathed some oxygen through a mask the medicine that makes you unconscious will be administered, whilst the Anaesthetist ensures you are safe and that your vital signs remain stable. It is the Anaesthetist’s job to ensure you are asleep, with sufficient analgesia on board.

Your surgeon or procedural will then perform the surgery. Your Anaesthetist will monitor your every moment. Once your surgery is over it is the Anaesthetist’s job to ensure you wake up comfortably.

What do you need to do before your Anaesthetic?

You are special. Every person is different. Pre-operative assessment is very important to make sure your Anaesthetist can give you the safest anaesthetic possible. This is why they require you to fill in the pre-op questionnaire and before the operation.

This website, Anaesthetic Group, assists Anaesthetists in receiving your pre-op questionnaire: Please click here to find your anaesthetist and fill in their pre-op questionnaire.

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 if requested. If you have any specific questions please do not hesitate to ask them or contact them here.

Anaesthetist Fees

The fee for your anaesthetic is dependent on the procedure 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 your anaesthetist here beforehand.

How do I contact my Anaesthetist?

Your surgeon should advise who your Anaesthetist is then you can find your anaesthetist here.