Anaesthetics research

Professor Alicia Dennis monitors a patient

The Women’s Department of Anaesthesia has a long history of research, teaching, education and innovation.

Founded in 1951 by Dr Kevin McCaul, it was the first obstetric anaesthesia department in Australia. An active research program concentrates on world first research in the area of heart function in pregnant women with preeclampsia. The department also undertakes research in anaesthesia for gynaecological surgery, is involved in randomised controlled trials and multicentre collaborative research projects; and performs prospective observational studies in heart function in healthy and sick pregnant women.