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About Anaesthesia Pain Management

  • Anaesthesia and good pain management play a vital role in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients at The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH). Our specialist paediatric anaesthetists work in close collaboration with other departments to provide exceptional patient care. Patient safety is paramount. Our anaesthetists are involved in the assessment of patients before their operation to select the most appropriate anaesthetic technique for each patient. We endeavour to keep all patients and their families well informed about what they will experience before and after their surgery.

    In the operating theatre, our anaesthetists expertly monitor all patients continuously using the most modern equipment available. Our involvement extends into the postoperative period, providing an around the clock pain management service to ensure that all patients are kept as comfortable as possible. We also provide services outside of the operating theatres including a multidisciplinary chronic pain management clinic for children.

    Our anaesthetists have published widely and are involved in research as well as advisory and educational roles outside of the RCH. We strive to improve and continue the high standard of care that has maintained our department's pioneering role in Paediatric Anaesthesia and world class status.

    Our roles

    • Anaesthetic services provision within the RCH
    • Acute and Procedural Pain Management Service (available 24 hour, 7 days per week)
    • Multidisciplinary Paediatric Chronic Pain Management Clinic
    • Postgraduate training in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Management
    • The department promotes safety in Anaesthesia and encourages members to be involved in outside committees and activities in the hospital, nationally and internationally

    Anaesthsia and Pain Management staff

    Consultant anaesthetists

    • Dr Ian McKenzie – Director Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Management
    • Clinical Associate Professor Rob McDougall - Deputy Director Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Management
    • Clinical Associate Professor Phillip Ragg – Deputy Director Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Management
    • Dr George Chalkiadis – Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Medicine Specialist
    • Prof. Andrew Davidson – Consultant Anaesthetist and Medical Director of the Melbourne Clinical Trials Centre, Head of Anaesthesia Research at Murdoch Children's Research Institute
    • Associate Professor Chris Brasher
    • Dr Billy Browne
    • Dr Rachel Chapman
    • Dr Michael Clifford
    • Dr Paul Davies
    • Dr Geoff Frawley
    • Dr Ben Hallett
    • Dr Chris Holmes
    • Clinical Associate Professor Peter Howe
    • Dr Balvindar Kaur
    • Dr Su-May Koh
    • Dr Nick Martin
    • Dr Dugald McAdam
    • Dr Rebecca Mcintyre
    • Dr Cam Morgan
    • Dr Eugene Neo
    • Dr Catherine Olweny
    • Clinical Associate Professor Greta Palmer
    • Dr Liz Prentice
    • Dr Stefan Sabato
    • Dr Adam Skinner
    • Dr Ian Smith
    • Dr Peter Squire
    • Dr Ben Turner

    Sessional anaesthetists

    • Dr Robyn Amarena
    • Dr Lindy Cass
    • Dr Barbara Heath
    • Dr James Koziol
    • Dr Tony Leaver
    • Dr Paul McCallum
    • Dr Pieter Peach
    • Dr Andrew Tymms
    • Dr John Waters
    • Dr Poranee Wongprasartsuk

    Honorary anaesthetists

    • Dr David Bramley
    • Dr George Kantianis
    • Dr Grace Seow

    Clinical nurse consultants acute pain management

    • Sueann Penrose
    • Joanne Robson
    • Abbey Lee
    • Cindy Cameron

    Chronic pain management team

    • Mark Bradford (Physiotherapist)
    • Blaise Doran (Physiotherapist)
    • Dr Patrick Johnson (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist)
    • Emily De Jager (Psychologist) (on leave)
    • Monica Malhotra (Occupational Therapist)
    • Zoe Strang (Occupational Therapist)
    • Dr Tanya Gruenewald (Clinical Psychologist)
    • Dr Fiona Kirpichnikov (Clinical Psychologist)
    • Kat Droppert (Psychologist)
    • Ann Lee (Clinical Co-Ordinator)

    Anaesthesia technologists

    Anaesthesia technologists provide highly skilled assistance to the anaesthetist and are an integral part of the Anaesthesia Team at the RCH. Anaesthesia technologists assist with the administration of general and regional anaesthesia to all our patient groups, including non surgical patients. Anaesthesia technologists prepare the anaesthetic environment and equipment required by anaesthetists for safe airway management, advanced invasive physiological monitoring, intravenous therapies and environmental temperature control and monitoring. They assist during resuscitation and emergency procedures. The anaesthesia technologist group also operate the Intraoperative Cell Salvage and Autotransfusion Service within the operating suite. 

    Procedural pain, Comfort Kids Program staff

    Clinical nurse consultants

    • Marnie Pascoe
    • Emma McDonald
    • Emily Cull
    • Katie Hunt