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.  

The Journal online

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 May Anaesthesia and Intensive Care features a range of thought-provoking articles, opening with an editorial by Dr Rebecca Dresser, Professor of Ethics in Medicine at Washington University in St Louis, about how the personal perspectives of research subjects are often overlooked in research ethics discourse.
This theme is continued in two point-of-view articles, one penned by Professor Grant Gillett, the other by Professor Geoffrey Dobb, which both look at ICU-based trialsan ethically complex topic, given most patients in intensive care are unable to give informed consent to participate in such research.

43:3 includes a prospective observational study by Trumble et al recording the number and types of risks mentioned by anaesthetists when seeking consent to perform labour epidural analgesia. This is the first study of its kind and the data collected shows an interesting deviation from ANZCA guidelines for the procedure.

Also in this issue are the findings from Fisher et al’s three-month investigation into the ability of the Dalhousie Clinical Frailty Scale to predict patient outcome in subjects admitted to a Melbourne ICU. The paper produced is an in-depth examination of the connections between Frailty Scale scores and mortality, comorbidities and hospital/ICU lengths-of-stay.

The correspondence section offers a selection of lighter reads, including submissions on self-directed simulator echocardiography training, the implications for checking unsealed volatile agent containers, moves to improve cricothyroidotomy kits and outcomes for patients admitted to an Adelaide ICU with submandibular space infections.

Finally, the latest AIC includes a special article summarising the findings of the first ANZICS conference on the role of intensive care in Rapid Response Teams, as well as abstracts from the 2015 Australian Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, this year themed ‘Managing Pain: from Mechanism to Policy’.


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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