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.
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

45.4 July 2017

In the July issue we farewell Dr Neville Gibbs, Chief Editor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care for the last six years; and welcome A/Prof John Loadsman, as incoming Chief Editor. Dr Gibbs will continue on as an editor for the AIC, and we look forward to working with A/Prof Loadsman in his new position. On behalf of all the production team at Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, we would like to thank Neville for his hard work, diligence and guidance as Chief.

R. Westhorpe and P. Seal remember Dr Noel Cass, who was a long-serving member of the Editorial Board of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.

You’ll notice this issue’s cover is a change! We have a fascinating covernote on the Introduction of Intravenous Crystalloids, relating back to the depiction of the “appearance after death of a victim to the Indian Cholera”.

Ever wondered if your patient is aware under general anaesthesia? Leslie et al have conducted a study analysing the incidents related to awareness during GA in the first 4000 cases reported to webAIRS. It turns out, there are more memorable surgery experiences than there should be!

We’re also featuring a pilot study by Peyton et al on the effect of a perioperative ketamine infusion on the incidence of chronic postsurgical pain. The authors undertook the study at three hospitals to assess the feasibility of a proposed large multicentre placebo-controlled randomised trial of IV perioperative ketamine to reduce the incidence of CPSP.

Does anyone ever expect to die? Anstey et al have asked this very question when embarking on a prospective single-day observational study across 46 Australian hospitals. They sought to identify how prepared patients entering the ICU were for the possibility that they may not leave. Their findings have prompted recommendations that are a must read.

As always we have a number of Correspondence for those looking for a lighter read; and this issue features the Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Rapid Response Systems and Medical Emergency Teams.


Become part of the AIC Family

Love the AIC as much as we do?  Would you like to be more involved in continuing to uphold the standards and quality of the Journal?  Keen to accrue some CPD points along the way? Become a reviewer for the AIC and help determine what articles make it to print. Signing up is easy!

To register as a reviewer, you’ll need to create/update your profile on the submissions website.

And when you are creating your profile, you will need to select “Reviewer” as your user type. Alternatively, if you are already registered as an Author with the AIC, you simply need to edit your profile and select Reviewer as your alternative user type.

After the registration has been completed, you can upload your interests via the home page – which will allow any of the Editors to offer you papers to review that are more closely lined up to your interests.

If you have any trouble, please contact and one of the AIC Production Team can assist you. 


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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