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.
Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is also available as an App via Google Play or iTunes store. Readers are invited to purchase an online only individual subscription for AUD$247.50 (incl. GST).

Latest Issue


44.3 May 2016

The May 2016 issue includes an interesting cover note on the history of carbon dioxide in resuscitation and the use of chemical control of breathing.

D Blackford considers the non-response rate to surveys amongst anaesthesists and how this can result in skewed results.

J. Sutherland and I. Harris argue that patients will have better outcomes and make better treatment decisions if they are well informed and actively involved in the process of decision-making before undergoing surgery.

A study was undertaken by G. Huschak et al on the use of automated external defibrillators and whether its use assisted with the survival of patients who suffered cardiac arrest.

T D Phan et al studied three commonly used minimally invasive cardiac output monitors to determine if they are interchangeable or differ objectively in tracking physiological trends.

Nutrition administered via the enteral route to critically ill patients is considered an integral part of standard care, yet the optimal amount of energy that should be provided is unknown. D.B. Reid et al evaluate the effect of early augmented enteral nutrition during critical illness, on outcomes one year later.

This issue’s Case Report features a case of early skin and challenge testing in a patient following severe anaphylaxis to rocuronium.


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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