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 ANZCA ASM ASA NSC on Friday May 3, 2019. 

Transactional analysis, Professor Kirsty Forrest, Australia

Placebo and nocebo in anaesthesia, Dr Andrew Watson, Australia
Speaking up and patient safety, Dr Rafidah Atan, Malaysia

The 2019 Combined Communication, Education, Welfare, and Leadership and Management SIG meeting will be convened by the Leadership & Management SIG and will be held from July 26-28, 2019 at the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific. The theme of the meeting will be “Developing leaders with 20:20 vision”. Registrations are now open. Please click here to visit the meeting website.



2018 Communication in Anaesthesia SIG workshop day
"Talking the talk - walking the walk"
Held October 5, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide.
Please visit the meeting website for more information

2018 Combined Communication, Education, Welfare and Leadership and Management SIG meeting
"Turning potential into performance", convened by the Medical Education SIG.
Held September 21-23, Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, Byron Bay.
Please visit the meeting website for more information. 

2017 Combined Communication, Education, Leadership and Management, and Welfare SIG Meeting
“Confident competence: Creating and maintaining our abilities”
Held October 27-29, Novotel Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Please visit the meeting website to view presentation slides.


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 on +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.