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.
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