Day Care Anaesthesia Special Interest Group


The Day Care Anaesthesia SIG aims to promote science and education through the exchange of ideas between anaesthetists with a particular interest and involvement in day care anaesthesia and the interaction with other individuals / groups, who share an interest in day care anaesthesia.

The SIG has about 1000 registered members.

The executive of the Day Care Anaesthesia SIG meets regularly, usually via teleconference, to discuss matters related to the group's area of interest. Please feel free to contact any of the listed executive members.


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 The activities of the SIG may include:

- Organising SIG scientific sessions at major annual scientific meetings / congresses and other independent SIG meetings.

- Organising independent SIG meetings on other occasions with the approval of the Anaesthesia Continuing Education Co-ordinating Committee (ACECC).

- Providing a resource with respect to the appropriate standards of care in the area of special interest.

- Providing advice to  Anaesthesia Continuing Education on the distribution of educational material and to ANZCA, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists or the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists on liaison with similar organisations in other regions of the world.


The Day Care Anaesthesia SIG is developing a software program to investigate the immediate outcomes of day care cases. There is a paucity of data surrounding any unfavourable outcomes of same day surgery and procedures (“Ambulatory Surgery”) around the world. Various limited surveys have shown a significant incidence of post discharge nausea and vomiting (PDNV) and unresolved pain little data concerning the effects on co-morbidities, especially undiagnosed but clinically suspected obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is available.

The number of work-days lost and the economic impact of this loss is unknown. Unfavourable outcomes could impact on their partner’s or other members of their family’s ability to attend work. There is a growing tendency to attempt more advanced procedures and operate on older and sicker patients as day care cases. With an actual decrease in promised funding there is certain to be increased pressure to handle elective surgery in the day care situation.

Whilst the surgeon or proceduralist always reviews their patients, most are lost to follow up by their anaesthetist and the great majority of unfavourable outcomes will occur in the first few days after, usually before any review is undertaken. Hospitals and Clinicians will be able to compare outcomes within their institutions, or with other institutions prepared to share anonymous data pooled on a central server.

This is an EDUCATIONAL program with the ultimate aim of improving outcomes, particularly with new procedures or with the moving of a surgical procedure to a Day Stay situation. This could be undertaken by a hospital department or a group.



For any enquiries please contact the Day Care SIG Committee Assistant 



Attention all Junior Specialists within 5 years of receiving your Fellowship 

To attract greater participation, and provide applicants with additional time to prepare their submission, the Day Care SIG would now like to offer the prize every 2 years to junior specialist anaesthetists who are within five years of having obtained their higher qualification in anaesthesia.  The Prize will be awarded for an original presentation on a day care theme presented at a national scientific meeting of ANZCA, the ASA or the Day Care Anaesthesia SIG.  The prize is in the form of a one off registration to the Australian Society of Anaesthetists NSC in the year following the award.  The next prize will be awarded at the NSC in 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia. Applications are open to members of the Day Care SIG only.

Rupert Hornabrook was a pioneer of anaesthesia in Australia, devoting the bulk of his practice in the years following the Boer War to promoting the specialty. He was honorary consultant in anaesthesia to the Melbourne General Hospital for many years and published extensively on issues of safety in anaesthesia. He was an early advocate of improved cardiovascular monitoring and was influential in popularising ethyl chloride-ether as an alternative to chloroform. In 1935, Dr Hornabrook was unanimously elected to honorary membership of the ASA and this award in his name recognises his contribution to Australasian anaesthesia. 

 For further information and an updated application pack, please email Maxine Wade




Past Day Care SIG AGM Minutes:

Unconfirmed 2016 AGM Minutes 

Confirmed AGM Minutes 2015

AGM Minutes 2014

AGM Minutes 2013

Annual Report 2012

AGM Minutes 2012

Annual Report 2011

AGM Minutes 2011



If you would like information on joining the Day Care Anaesthesia Special Interest Group, please download an application form or contact Maxine Wade, SIG Membership on +61 2 8556 9726



ANZCA Professional Standards: PS15 : Recommendations for the Perioperative Care of Patients Selected for Day Care Surgery 



Day Surgery Development and Practice by the International Association for Ambulatory Surgery.

Clinical Ambulatory Anaesthesia by Johan Raeder.

Day Care Anaesthesia: Fundamentals of Anaesthesia and Acute Medicine by Ian Smith.

Ambulatory Anesthesia and Perioperative Analgesia by Susan Steele.

Handbook of Ambulatory Anesthesia 2nd edition by Rebecca Twersky.  



Dr Ken Sleeman - Chair      QLD

Dr Shravani Gupta              NSW

Dr Paul Herreen                  SA

Dr James Hosking              QLD

Dr Crispin Wan                   VIC

Dr Hau Pham                     VIC

Dr Tomoko Hara                NZ 

Dr Leena Nagappan          WA

For further information contact Maxine Wade or by telephone on (02) 8556 9726




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