Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is an educational journal for those associated with anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and pain medicine.We aim to facilitate individuals’ communication and sharing of research and experience through original articles of scientific and clinical interest. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 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 and reaches over 4000 subscribers each issue.


Shortly after Dr Geoffrey Kaye founded the Society, one of the first items on the agenda was to establish a journal. Originally a series of Anaesthetic Numbers in the Medical Journal of Australia, this transformed into the Society newsletter. Most Australian anaesthetists preferred to send their articles overseas to more established journals and so, for a time, the newsletter was regarded as a carrier of Society news and developments in anaesthesia rather than the scientific communication it is today. After a few false starts, the first issue of the journal was launched in 1972. Originally published quarterly, it has since become a bimonthly publication.  

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Visit the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care website to view latest issues, access our online archive or read about editorial policies and instructions for authors. Members and subscribers have online access as part of their membership. Please use the appropriate login details to access the papers. For non-subscribers, papers over 12 months old are able to be viewed free of charge, and papers less than 12 months old will need to be viewed as pay-per-view of AUD$33 per paper.  

Latest Issue



The March Anaesthesia and Intensive Care commences with an editorial penned by Journal staff, including Editor-in-Chief, Dr Neville Gibbs, which explains the recent updates made to AIC, as well as our vision for the year ahead.

Smith and Castanelli have performed an audit of opinion regarding the clinical learning environments of anaesthesia trainees across Australia and New Zealand, the results of which are featured in this month’s issue. This research is especially timely, given recent changes made to the ANZCA curriculum.

43:2 features an important paper by Trout et al that compares the characteristics and outcomes of critically ill Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander patients with those of the general patient population in a Queensland intensive care unit.

The March edition contains two articles about rapid response team activation calls. The first, by Cross et al, considers the high percentage of calls in which sepsis is present, calling for intervention into patient deterioration before these calls are made. The second, by Le Guen et al, examines the myriad of factors associated with the high rate of post call mortality in intensive care, including the timing and nature of the calls themselves.

The latest correspondence section covers a range of interesting topics, including hyperthermia in brain dead patients, risks of error in neuromuscular blocking agent administrationpostpartum buttock numbness and the limitations of ultrasound-guided central venous cannulation.

Lighter reads in this month’s AIC also include the abstracts of papers presented at the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society/Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Annual Scientific Meeting, held last October, as well as book reviews featuring the commentary of medical professionals on recently released works.


We encourage submissions to the Journal through the submissions website.  

The overriding mission of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is to publish papers that have educational value and scientific merit for clinicians and researchers associated with anaesthesia, intensive care medicine, and pain medicine. The educational value must apply to a wide range of readers and not be limited to a particular region or country, with the exceptions of Australia and New Zealand. The scientific merit will be judged on the novelty of the work, the validity of the methodology and the soundness of the interpretation of the findings. Papers must have sufficient clinical relevance to be of interest to practising clinicians or clinical researchers. Animal studies of a basic science nature will rarely be accepted.

To submit a paper please visit the Submissions website.  


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