Airway Management SIG

Airway Management Special Interest Group


The major objective of the Airway Management Special Interest Group is the promotion of science and education by the exchange of ideas between anaesthetists with a particular interest and involvement in airway management.


2023 Joint Airway Management SIG meeting (satellite meeting to the ASA NSC)

Tuesday 3 October

Registrations are now open for the Airway Management SIG in Melbourne on Tuesday 3 October at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. Running as a satellite meeting to the ASA NSC, you will hear from national and international leaders in airway management. Please click here to visit the website and register. If you have any questions, please contact events.



For copies of resources please contact Kirsty O'Connor, Senior Events Officer on +61 3 9510 6299.  


 Please click here to download the Topicalisation and Sedation for Awake Fibreoptic Intubation document


The Airway Management SIG have long aspired to consistent reporting of difficult airway information and we are working toward the ultimate goal of a patient protective airway database.

The Queensland Difficult Airway Alert project has developed a standardised airway alert form supported by a background document with agreed definitions for difficult airway, difficulty with bag mask ventilation, supraglottic airway ventilation and tracheal intubation, both direct and videolaryngoscopy. The documents provide guidance on when an alert should be generated and how difficult airway information is disseminated.

The working group has also made additions to the SNOMED clinical terms system to allow for difficult airway information to be more accurately reflected in electronic health records. A longer term the goal is to utilise this standardised form into a point of care database for difficult airway alert information. In Australia this will need to be achieved through My Health Record and consultation with the Australian Digital Health Agency towards this intention is in progress.

The form has recently been updated after broad consultation with users of the form and airway experts across Australia and New Zealand. It reflects contemporary thinking on how best to relay information regarding a difficult airway. ANZCA are pleased to endorse the form and encourage its use to standardise communication surrounding this important clinical event.

The form can easily be rebranded for any local hospital or health service or an ANZCA branded version can be utilised by individual practitioners. The copyright agreement with QLD Statewide Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care Clinical Network (SWAPNet) require the copyright information to remain in the left border of the document and no clinical information to be altered. If you would like further information regards the form the SWAPNet co-ordinator can be contacted via email 


A new initiative of the Airway Management SIG is the establishment of an airway leads network throughout both public and private sectors to assist each other and improve airway management in anaesthesia.

The Airway Management SIG is aiming for one airway lead to be nominated at each Australian health facility that provides general anaesthesia or sedation.

Those interested in nominating an airway lead should seek the endorsement of a senior such as the director/head of department (public hospitals) or equivalent and fill in the form that can be found here.

For further information on the Airway Leads, please visit the Airway Management SIG webpage.


February 2020

August 2018


If you’d like information on joining the Airway Management Special Interest Group, download an application form or contact the Senior Events Officer on +61 3 9510 6299.


 Position Name Region 
Chair and newsletter editorDr Linda Beckmann QLD
Executive memberDr Maryanne Balkin VIC
Chair - Victoria Airway Leads group    Dr Rani Chahal VIC
Education Liaison and newsletter support liaisonDr Gordon Chapman  WA
Education liaison and newsletter support liaisonDr Scott Douglas     WA
Airway leads in SADr Yasmin Endlich SA
NSW Airway leadDr Gerri Khong NSW
Education liaisonDr Adam Rehak NSW
Airway lead in South Australian and Northern TerritoryDr Richard Semenov SA
Newsletter support liaison Dr Tish Stefanutto NSW
Equipment and industrial liaison, Airway leads in NZDr Patrick Wong New   Zealand
Research liaison    Professor Andre Van Zundert QLD
Airway lead in Western AustraliaDr Andy Heard WA
Environment and sustainability - supporting the SIG in an advisory role A/Prof Forbes McGain Vic
Honorary memberProfessor Ellen O'Sullivan  Ireland

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