Communication in Anaesthesia SIG

Communication in Anaesthesia SIG



The Communication in Anaesthesia Special Interest Group (SIG) plans to develop workshops and resources and provide guidance to help improve anaesthetists’ skills in all aspects of their work including patient care (for example, needle-phobic patients), working with surgeons and other health professionals, administrators and the media.

In addition, the SIG hopes to be able to provide support in teaching and research related to communication in anaesthesia.


The Communication in Anaesthesia SIG will hold a session at the upcoming 2018 joint ANZCA ASM and RACS ASC, on May 10, 2018 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney, at 2-3.30pm. The theme of the meeting is “Talking outcomes”, and sessions are as follows:

Cutting through diffi cult conversations with surgeons - Dr Suyin Tan
How not to needle the needle phobic - Dr James Griffi ths
The patient-physician relationship and clinical outcomes - Dr Arden Morris


2017 Meetings

2017 Combined Communication, Education, Leadership and Management, and Welfare SIG Meeting
October 27-29, 2017, Novotel Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
“Confident competence: Creating and maintaining our abilities”.
Registrations are now open. Please click here to visit the meeting website.

 2016 Meetings 

2016 Combined Communication, Education, Management and Welfare SIG Meeting
October 7-9, 2016, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, NSW. "Building Resilience - Reflections, Culture and Changing Minds".
Please click here to visit the meeting website


Membership of Communication in Anaesthesia SIG is open to Fellows, members of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists. Fellows of other colleges, practitioners and allied health professionals are encouraged to participate as associate members.

To join the Communication in Anaesthesia SIG, please download an application form or contact Events via Email or Phone +61 3 9510 6299.



Position Name Region
Chair Dr Allan Cyna
Member Dr Marion Andrew SA
Dr Suyin Tan NSW
Member Dr Andrew Robinson NZ
Member Dr Andrew Love
Member Dr Guy Buchanan
Member Associate Professor Scott Simmons

For further information contact Events or phone +61 3 9510 6299 or visit the ANZCA website.