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



With a new year comes a new look for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. The first edition of 2015 features a range of interesting articles, commencing with an important editorial by Drs Prani Shrivastava and Lisa Zuccherelli about the dangerous increase in propofol abuse amongst Australian and New Zealand anaesthetists.

In the January issue, Professor Thomas Ledowski reviews the last year’s literature on Sugammadex, summarising what exactly has been learnt and what still needs to be found out about the high-profile agent for reversing neuromuscular blockade.

43:1 features a fascinating investigation by Neate et al into factors that influenced the decision making of Australian families who faced the prospect of donating loved ones’ organs – what they found out may surprise you.

This month’s Anaesthesia and Intensive Care includes the results from Fry et al’s survey into substance abuse by anaesthetists across Australia and New Zealand. Revealing significant changes into patterns of abuse since similar research was last conducted, this paper is not to be missed.

Looking for a lighter read? The latest issue includes a host of abstracts from papers presented at the 2014 ASA National Scientific Congress on the Gold Coast, plus this edition marks the return of book reviews, featuring expert anaesthetist opinion on two new medical publications.

Concluding January's journal is the correspondence section, which features comment on a range of topics including drug labelling and medication error, the experience of using a new staged extubation kit in patients with a known difficult airway, high serum vitamin B12 and increased mortality in critically ill patients as well as the merits of an inexpensive, sterile and disposable praecordial stethoscope


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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