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Australian Anaesthetist

Australian Anaesthetist is the Society’s membership magazine. Produced four times a year the magazine has a different theme each issue focusing on what is happening within the Society and across the Australian anaesthetic community. We include editorials from our President and CEO, regular articles on careers and training, a diverse range of features and a lifestyle section to cover the out-of-office aspect of anaesthetists lives.

A hardcopy of the magazine is sent to all members.  As a member of ASA, you can find more downloadable publications on the member section of the website.

Non-members, please submit an application form to request the past issues of Australian Anaesthetist.

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Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is an educational journal for those associated with anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and pain medicine. We aim to facilitate individuals’ communication and sharing of research and experience through original articles of scientific and clinical interest.

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is the official journal of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists and reaches over 4,000 subscribers each issue.

The latest issue is available on the SAGE publications website which can be accessed with your ASA member ID and password.

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English-Mandarin Anaesthesia Translation Handbook

The ASA, in collaboration with the Eastern Health Language Services Department in Victoria, is delighted to launch the first of a series of language translation handbooks specifically developed to help Anaesthetists and their patients communicate both medical history and medical terms and procedures.

This first handbook, the English-Mandarin Anaesthesia Translation Handbook, assumes intermediate Chinese language skills and will provide more confidence for Chinese-speaking clinicians to approach routine conversations with their patients regarding anaesthesia procedures.

The handbook has been developed as an aid to help with clinician-patient communication and is not intended as a replacement for in-person or telephone interpreter services. The handbook should be seen as complementing existing available language interpretation services. We hope our members find this handbook useful and plan to roll-out more resources featuring other languages.

If you are a member of ASA, please visit the members’ publication website to read the handbook.

ASA Podcast

Australian Anaesthesia is a regular podcast made by Dr Suzi Nou discussing the latest developments in anaesthesia and all the issues impacting members. You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Play.

There are a series of episodes are publically available, please listen to the podcast here

As a member of ASA, please listen to the complete content here with many episodes accessible only for ASA members via our website as they contain sensitive information.

ASAEd Learning Resources

ASAEd is a place where ASA Members can find professional resources for all facets of anaesthetic learning.

Here you have access to quality resources wherever and whenever you need it.

The ASA Education Team is committed to building upon our accessible education resources to ensure members have access to the most up-to-date learning resources and information virtually.

Members can find the ASAED resources Hub here 

Relative Value Guide

The Relative Value Guide (RVG) provides comprehensive and accurate advice on billing and assists with deciphering the Medicare and private insurance rebate systems. The RVG is available exclusively to members in hardcopy, online PDF and as an App.

Please click here to view the latest version on the Members section of the website.

For further information or to provide feedback on the ASA Relative Value Guide please contact the Policy team on 1800 806 654 or

To advertise in the RVG please contact the Sponsorship and Events team on 1800 806 654 or

The Anaesthetic Crisis Manual

The Anaesthetic Crisis Manual (The ACM), was first published in 2011 and is a collection of 22 life-threatening crises that anaesthetists manage in everyday practice.

Based on the cockpit quick reference handbook used in the airline industry, and using crew resource management principles developed for aviation safety, the ACM brings tried and tested checklist instruction to the field of patient safety.

Using accepted national and international resuscitation guidelines, as well as input from anaesthetic special interest groups, the ACM is presented in highly functional, robust and fluid resistant material, ideal for the operating room environment.

Consisting of both a Crisis Protocol section, which provides a checklist of tasks to complete when the diagnosis is known, and a Crisis Prevention section for troubleshooting before a crisis develops, the ACM provides concise, clear and simply worded instructions for use by any health professional leading or assisting in crisis management.

To order your copy of THE ACM please visit ASA Members are entitled to a discount price of $41 – simply use the promo code by clicking here.

ASA Annual Report

The ASA provides an annual report to cover varied topics in relation to the organisation’s progress throughout the year and the financials.


To download the 2022 Annual Report please click here.

Previous issues are available below:

Find all previous issues here

History of Anaesthesia VIII

The Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on the History of Anaesthesia held in Sydney in January 2013 is now available for purchase.

The book, contains historical essays on anaesthesia, pain medicine, intensive care medicine and related fields by over 100 international medical and academic historians. A valuable addition to the series, which commenced in 1982, the book has 16 sections covering 800 pages of the rich history of the development of anaesthesia and its place in the overall history of medicine.

The book is available to purchase for AUD$40 plus postage from the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.

To order the book here.

Historical Notes on Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Comprising of cover notes published in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care from 1989 to 2011, this book details the history of anaesthesia and anaesthetic equipment.

Read how anaesthesia became what it is today, from the first anaesthetic and the developments over the years. Learn about the controversies, failures and experiments along the way and the stories behind the discoveries.

This hardcover book is 288 pages long, including references and an index, and costs AUD$66 (including GST and postage in Australia).

A limited number have been printed, so order your copy now*.

* All new members of the Society receive a complimentary copy of this book.