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 September edition of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care features a range of diverse range of articles, beginning with an editorial by Dr David McIlroy that analyses the orthodoxy of the P-value as a marker of statistical significance in medical research.

In this issue, Riley et al question the clinical robustness of the widely-used American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status score, having found only a fair level of agreement amongst 401 practicing anaesthetists who were asked to assign ASA Physical Status scores to ten hypothetical patients.

Olsen et al have conducted a retrospective audit of Williams syndrome cases at the Women and Children’s Hospital, North Adelaide where the patient received an anaesthetic, concluding that the genetic disorder poses a significant anaesthetic risk that should be clinically recognised.

This month, Weinberg et al investigate trends in the employment of volatile agents in Victorian public hospital anaesthesia, reporting on the significant economic and environmental impacts of isoflurane, sevoflurane and desflurane use.

An audit by Alakeson et al looks at compliance with guidelines for difficult airway management across hospitals in metropolitan Perth, resolving that adherence to these recommendations could be improved by the introduction of standardised equipment throughout the city.

Correspondence for September focuses on a multitude of interesting topics, including drug security in Singaporean operating theatres, fatal Acinetobacter baumannii infections, surgical management of a postpartum coronary artery dissection and a novel method of endotracheal tube exchange.


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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