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About the Anaesthesia Perioperative Care Network

Anaesthesia Services

Anaesthesia services are essential to acute care hospitals and are also critical to important aspects of pre-hospital care and disaster responses.

Patient services that involve key input from the specialty of anaesthesia include surgery, procedures, acute and chronic pain management, high dependency, intensive care and medical retrieval.

There are increasing demands being placed on anaesthesia services providing perioperative care in the NSW Health system.

A Definition of General Anaesthesia

A reversible, drug induced period of unconsciousness where all your sensations including pain are absent, you have no awareness of your surroundings and during which your anaesthetist constantly monitors and maintains your normal function(s).

Our People

Dr Richard Halliwell

Dr Richard Halliwell, Co-Chair
Westmead Hospital
Western Sydney Local Health District

Dr Arpit Srivastava

Dr Arpit Srivastava, Co-Chair
Royal North Shore Hospital
Northern Sydney Local Health District

Ms Deborah Burrows

Ms Deborah Burrows, Co-Chair
District Clinical Nurse Consultant Perioperative Services
Southern NSW Local Health District

The ACI Anaesthesia Perioperative Care Network is led by an executive committee, which includes doctors, nurses, allied health staff, managers and consumers. 

The network has more than 100 members and includes clinicians, consumers and representatives from Local Health Districts, health pillars and the NSW Ministry of Health.


The ACI Anaesthesia Perioperative Care Network was established in late 2009 in recognition of the important roles anaesthesia and perioperative care play in a patient’s journey.

Anaesthesia Perioperative Care Network


Michaela Ward
Anaesthesia & Perioperative Care A/Network Manager

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