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Honouring the past. Celebrating the present. Embracing the future.

Recognising the achievements of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists through our 90th year.

Established in 1934, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) was founded to advocate for and unite professionals in the field of anaesthesia. The ASA sought to bring Australia’s best and brightest practitioners together so that these world-class health professionals could be supported, represented, educated and recognised.

Before the discovery of anaesthesia in the 1840s, surgical procedures were often performed without adequate pain relief, leading to significant suffering for patients and surgeons. The introduction of anaesthesia revolutionised medical practice, enabling more advanced and life-saving procedures while alleviating patient distress. As we commemorate the ASA’s 90th year, we celebrate the remarkable contributions of Australian anaesthetists and eagerly anticipate another 90 years of pioneering, exemplary medical advancements.

Facts about Anaesthetists in Australia


There are almost 6,000 anaesthetists currently practicing in Australia.
Anaesthetists play a vital role in more than 4 million operations every year in Australia.
Anaesthetists are often at the forefront of trauma services and aeromedical services such as Careflight, and are well represented in our defence forces on active deployment.
Anaesthetists undergo extensive training, averaging over 10 years of education and practical experience.
Anaesthetists are involved in lengthy, complex procedures that require exceptional skill and compassion.
Anaesthetists provide specialised care during surgery, medical procedures, pain management, and critical care settings.
Alongside administering anesthesia, anaesthetists also ensure patient safety, monitor vital signs and manage pain.
Anaesthetists are trained in advanced resuscitation techniques and lead emergency efforts during critical situations such as cardiac arrest.
Anaesthetists have a key focus on safety and quality to deliver good health outcomes for people.

Established in 1934, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists is a peak not-for-profit representative body of anaesthesia in Australia.

ASA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work. We pay our respects to the elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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