In 2013, Canberra will host the ASA NSC. Check out the NSC website for all the details! We hope to see you there!
ODEC Developing Country Anaesthetist Database
The ASA database is used to provide anaesthetists with overseas work opportunities and to provide organisations with the names of anaesthetists interested in working abroad. Click here to find out more
The Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) exists to promote and protect the status, independence and best interests of Australian anaesthetists.
Lifebox is a not-for-profit organisation saving lives by improving the safety and quality of surgical care in low-resource countries.
The introduction of Lifebox pulse oximeters to hospitals in low-income and middle-income countries will make a major contribution to the quality and safety of anaesthesia and surgical care. You can help by donating through the ASA.
The Lifebox project aims to address the need for more robust safety measures by bringing low-cost, good quality pulse oximeters to low-income countries. After a year in consultation with international clinicians and manufacturers, Lifebox has developed the world’s foremost low-cost, high quality pulse oximeter, compliant with all international standards. It can be supplied to clinicians and hospitals in low and middle income countries for use in the operating theatre, and throughout all areas of hospitals. A key part of the project is that each oximeter is supplied with educational materials including videos, tutorials, and a manual—all available free on a CD. Part of the project is to run training workshops, so that the technology is accompanied by the knowledge of how to use and look after the oximeters to make them last longer and sustain improved standards of operative care.
The result is that Lifebox pulse oximeter devices will be available for US$250, with vital replacement probes (needed on average every six months) available for just $25. In the USA, pulse oximeters can cost $1000.
Lifebox is a joint project by a number of anaesthetic societies including the Australian Society of Anaesthetist and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists under the leadership of Professor Atul Gawande at Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
To donate to Lifebox via Credit Card click here, to donate via Cheque click here.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your Lifebox donation please do not hesitate to contact the ODEC Secretary, Miss Shelly Dubois on 02 9302 2704.
The Australian Society of Anaesthetists is supporting Lifebox and you can help by contributing through the ASA!
Simply complete the fields below, hit "send" and it will take you to our donation page. Hit "add to cart" to make a credit card payment and the ASA will forward a receipt. For now unfortunately your contribution is not tax deductible but saving lives is surely better than saving tax!