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.




 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 the Anaesthesia Continuing Education Co-ordinating Committee 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.


Interested in being involved?

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 (AMA “Report Card” 14 Feb. 2014) 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.


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Day Care SIG Hornabrook Prize 2016 

The Day Care SIG welcomes the submission of abstracts for the Hornabrook Prize 2016. 

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

The prize is offered yearly to junior specialist anaesthetists who are within five years of having obtained their higher qualification in anaesthesia and 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.

Important dates:

·         Deadline for submission of abstracts: 5pm Monday 30 May 2016

·         Authors advised of abstract acceptance: Monday 13 June 2016


Further information regarding the Hornabrook Prize 2016 is contained in the attached Information Pack



SAVE THE DATE  - ASA NSC 75th National Scientific Congress
Melbourne 17 - 20 September 2016

 This is the only major national anaesthetic conference being held in Australia in 2016!


Saturday 17 September 2016 - 1100 - 1300

Day Care SIG - Chair - Dr Crispin Wan

Perioperative Medical Surprises in Day Care Anaesthesia


  • The recreational drug-addicted patient - Dr Sanjiv Sawhney
  • Cardiac problems: preoperative and perioperative surprises  - Dr Brian Cowie
  • The anticoagulated patient: the influence of NOACs (novel oral anti-coagulants)  - Dr Ken Sleeman

  • Hornabrook Prize Presentations 

  • Day Care SIG AGM 


 Other invited NSC speakers include:

  • Professor Olle Lungqvist
  • Professor Stanton Newman
  • Dr David Canty; and
  • Mrs Carolyn Canfield



Past Day Care SIG AGM Minutes:

 Unconfirmed 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 Chantal McNally            VIC

Dr Crispin Wan                   VIC

Dr Hau Pham                     VIC

Dr Tomoko Hara                NZ 

For further information contact Maxine Wade, SIG Membership on +61 2 8556 9726