As its name suggests, the History of Anaesthesia Special Interest Group is primarily concerned with researching and presenting the history of anaesthesia.
If you have an interest in history and would like to participate, please feel welcome to join us!
Membership will be of two types:
Members: Fellows of ANZCA, or Ordinary Members of the ASA or NZSA who have a special interest in (HA SIG) anaesthesia.
Associate members: People with a special interest in (HA SIG) anaesthesia who are not entitled to be full members. They may include Associate Members of the ASA or NZSA, registered Trainees of ANZCA, allied health professionals or members of other related professional organisations.
Associate Members may only be admitted to membership after nomination by two full members of the SIG and approval by majority at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the SIG.
If you would like information on joining the History of Anaesthesia Special Interest Group, please download an application form or contact Ms Maxine Wade HA SIG Secretariat on +61 2 8556 9726 for more information.
Recently, as we neared the 75th anniversary of the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dr John Crowhurst gave a presentation on ABC Radio-National’s ‘Ockham’s Razor titled ‘The Legacy of the Anaesthesia Events at Pearl Harbor, 7th December 1941 on Sunday 27 November 2016. Here is the link if you would like to listen:
Members of the History of Anaesthesia SIG regularly chair sessions at ASA and ANZCA events. Recent topics included “Africa and the WFSA” presented by Dr Kester Brown; “The Bird Man from Idaho” – Dr Andrew Ross; “Anaesthesia Remuneration” by Dr Christine Ball and “Who invented the Schimmelbusch mask?” by Dr Rod Westhorpe.
In addition, members of the History of Anaesthesia SIG contribute to the ASA’s Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Journal’s History Supplement, which is an annual publication.