Australian Society of Anaesthetists

The Australian Society of Anaesthetists is an association that seeks to further the best interests of anaesthesia and anaesthetists.

Australian Society of Anaesthetists
Legal statusprofessional body
PurposeRepresentations of Anaesthetists
HeadquartersSydney, Australia
Region served


The Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) was founded in 1934 by Geoffrey Kaye. It was established as a means to exchange ideas, for the distribution of memoranda on topics of anaesthetic interests, and to conduct inquiries relating to problems in the practice of anaesthesia in Australia.

The ASA is now one of the largest and leading medical associations in Australia, delivering a range of services of the highest quality to members. Membership consists of specialist anaesthetist as well as registrar trainees and non-specialist medical practitioner anaesthetists.


Presently the Society has over 3000 members representing a majority of Australian specialist anaesthetists. It is one of the largest medical associations in Australia. Membership consists of specialist anaesthetist as well as registrar trainees and non-specialist general medical practitioner anaesthetists.


The Australian Society of Anaesthetists is a not-for-profit member organisation governed by a Board comprising members who volunteer their time. The Head Office of the Society is headed up by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO).


The Society holds a National Scientific Conference annually in the southern hemisphere spring. Recent meetings have taken place in Melbourne, Darwin and Wellington. A wide variety of other meetings take place in the various states, such as educational meetings combined with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Part 0 and Part 3 meetings for junior and senior trainees respectively and rural meetings that bring together specialist and general practitioner providers of anaesthesia.


Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, published by SAGE Publishing, is the official journal of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists.

Australian Anaesthetist is the Society’s membership magazine. Produced four times a year the magazine has a different theme each issue focusing on what is happening within the Society and across the Australian anaesthetic community.

The Relative Value Guide (RVG) provides comprehensive and accurate advice on billing and assists with deciphering the Medicare and private insurance rebate systems. The RVG is available exclusively to members in hardcopy, online PDF and as an App.

See also

History of general anesthesia


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