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About us
Community Service

Service to the professional community has been achieved by involvement of members of the Department with the ANZCA Examination Committee, CVP Special Interest Group, Victorian Regional Committee and Extracorporeal Perfusion Group.

They also have executive roles with the Victorian Regional Branch and the AMA, the Victorian Consultative Council on Anaesthetic Mortality and Morbidity, and the Victorian Transoesophageal Echocardiography Group.

 
Patient Care

The Department of Anaesthesia is well known for its use of regional anaesthesia. 35-40% of operations are performed using these techniques. Regional anaesthesia means greater comfort for patients post-operatively and facilitates early return home to their families. The hospital benefits also from the reduced cost of the anaesthetic technique and shorter hospital stay.

Epidurals for Post-operative pain relief are used widely. There is reasonable evidence that this reduces post-operative complications and time in hospital.

Members of the Department are well known for their leadership and development of blood conservation techniques, cardiovascular monitoring, and Transoesophageal Echocardiography. Our perfusionists are leaders in the conduct, teaching and research of Cardiopulmonary bypass.

 
Research
The Anaesthetic Department has an active research program which contributes significantly to the quality of anaesthetic research worldwide. Our research has attracted research funding from ANZCA, NHMRC, St. Vincent's Hospital and Pharmaceutical companies. In the past 10 years there have been an average of 9 ongoing projects each year.
 
Teaching

The anaesthetic registrar training is considered to be one of the best in Australia. Our pass rate for the final FANZCA has been 100% in 12 of the last 15 years. Prizes for the best Australasian candidate have been earned 4 times for the Primary FANZCA and 4 times for the final FANZCA in the past 14 years.

The Department runs continuing medical education workshops for the Anaesthetic community and Departmental meetings which are of a very high standard. Members of the Department give an average of 10 international, 6 national and 6 local conference presentations each year.

The St. Vincent's Anaesthetic Nursing course was the first in Melbourne and has continued to develop rapidly over the past 5 years.

 

Our Staff:


A/Prof Lisbeth Evered

Lis has a BSc, Masters in Biostatistics and a PhD in neuroscience and is Scientific Head of Research in the Department and Associate Professor, University of Melbourne. She has over 60 publications in cognitive clinical research. Lis founded the Perioperative Cognition and delirium Professional Interest Area (PIA) of the Alzheimer’s Association (US). She is Associate Editor for BJA and Senior Editor for Anesthesia & Analgesia, and a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals. She is the recipient of more than $8M in NHMRC project grants and other competitive funding. Lis is Chair of the International nomenclature consensus working party which has revised postoperative cognitive disorders from research to clinical guidelines. Her main area of research interest is identifying the impact of surgery and anaesthesia on the cognitive trajectory of older individuals including identifying biomarkers associated with these changes, and identifying perioperative interventions to reduce postoperative decline. Lis is supervisor of several research higher degree students, medical students undertaking their research projects and is research mentor to trainees and junior consultants. Lis is currently undertaking a sabbatical as Associate Professor of Neuroscience Faculty member at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York

Kelly Atkins

Kim Choate

Wendy McDonald

Babak Shoghi

Simon Tang

Dee HenrissDip Mgt / Dip Bus

Dee completed high school in South Africa and worked in various administration roles there, until she migrated to Australia and joined our Department in 2010 as an Administration Assistant. Dee is detail focused and likes getting involved in all projects in the department, providing admin support to both senior and junior staff. When not at work, she likes spending time with friends and family playing board games and she also enjoys knitting.