Anaesthetists administer anaesthesia that block the sensation of pain for patients undergoing surgery and related procedures. They safely render patients unconscious so that surgeons may perform operations without the patient being aware of, or feeling any pain. They carefully assess a patient’s requirements, administer anaesthesia, monitor a patient’s vital signs during surgery and care for any patients who may have an adverse reaction to the anaesthesia.
Anaesthetists work in hospitals, day surgeries and at universities. They conduct most of their work in operating theatres or hospital rooms, which have strict hygiene and safety standards. It is important for anaesthetists to keep up-to-date on the development of the latest anaesthesia and relevant medical technology. Some anaesthetists work in teaching environment, or are required to assist in on-the-job training at hospitals. Anaesthetists are often on call, so they work irregular hours.
- An interest in the well-being of others, a caring attitude
- Good communication and people skills
- Good hand-eye coordination, precision and accuracy
- To work well under high pressure or emergency situations
- To be reliable and responsible
- Must obtain a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from university.
- Must become a qualified medical practitioner and then specialize in anaesthetics.
The pay scale of an Anaesthetist ranges from AUD$27,972 – AUD$208,114 and the median being AUD$150,000.