Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Anaesthetists mostly work in hospitals and day surgeries, doing a lot of their work in operating theatres. In these environments they provide care for patients before, during and after surgery. Anaesthetists administer medications that block the sensation of pain, and manage a patient's airway and circulatory system during an operation. They carefully assess a patient's requirements before an operation, and ensure a patient is stable after an operation. Anaesthetists work closely with surgeons, specialists in intensive care, nurses and other allied health practitioners. A career as an Anaesthetist also provides many opportunities for teaching and research.

The Discipline of Anaesthesia works across both teaching and research across a range of schools throughout the University of Newcastle.

In the JMP, the Discipline of Anaesthesia works closely with the Discipline of Surgery and the Discipline of Intensive Care. The academic base is at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, with liaison throughout the Hunter New England Local Health District. Students are supported during the JMP across three strands of expertise: anaesthesia, intensive care and pain management. Anaesthesia is built on knowledge of physiology and pharmacology to understand the ways in which patient responses can be altered, and the application of providing life support.

Many of the JMP graduates go on to become Anaesthetists.