Anaesthesia & Aviation

How many times have I heard people (usually other doctors) liken anaesthetics to flying a plane – 99% boredom and 1% sheer terror?   In only a few more weeks I return home to Kangaroo Island after a year spent upskilling in anaesthetics…like a pilot, I’ve accrued many hundreds of hours of ‘flying time’ and …

Exciting news

Well, those who know me are aware that (apart from roadkill recipes), two of my current interests are to try and develop a national network of prehospital doctors drawn from the rural workforce and also to improve training in skills and equipment for rural doctors.I’m grateful for recent email exchanges with Drs Minh Le Cong …

Teaching old dogs new tricks

I have just got back from the Airway Skills course held in Sydney and run by Paul Baker (airwayskills.com). Unlike other courses, this was was genuine small group learning with plenty of opportunity to discuss cases, get hands on with a variety of equipment and was suitable not just for anaesthetists, but also intensivists, ED …

Gear fetish

I’m in love…with my KingVision videolaryngoscope. It’s somewhat of a generalism, but anaesthetists tend to be ‘propellor heads’ – they like to fiddle with equipment, & they are invariably seduced by things technical…you can usually tell anaesthetic doctors at a conference – they’re the ones with MacBook Pros or iPads or iPhones. But I digress. …

Networking and Silos

Well, just got back from the excellent GP Anaesthetists conference held in Sydney under the auspices of the NSW Rural Doctors Network. Apparently it’s an event they hold every other year (alternating with an obstetric workshop) and manage to do each workshop twice in each year – delivering quality education to approx 80 of the …