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Anaesthetics

The Anaesthetics research group focuses on improving the quality of care received by children before, during and after their operations. This involves identifying and measuring how patients respond to anaesthesia. Research results can influence change in anaesthesia practice, to pursue clinical excellence. The team is committed to providing a structured program of teaching and mentoring to ensure future research in this area.

Important national and international collaborations have been formed with major hospitals to ensure the group remains a leader in anaesthesia research.

Group Leaders: 
A/Prof George Chalkiadis
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Mike Clifford
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Geoff Frawley
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Ben Hallett
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Penelope Hartmann
Role: 
Research Assistant
Dr Rob McDougall
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Ian McKenzie
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Catherine Olweny
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
A/Prof Greta Palmer
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Philip Ragg
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Stefan Sabato
Role: 
Honorary Fellow
Suzette Sheppard
Role: 
Research Coordinator
Cate Sinclair
Role: 
PhD student Qld University
Dr Peter Squire
Role: 
Research Associate
Ms Andie Bleicher
Role: 
Research Assistant
Dr Christopher Brasher
Role: 
Research Associate
Dr Sebastian Corlette
Role: 
PhD Student
Miss Melissa Doyle
Role: 
Research Assistant

Projects underway in the Anaesthesia and Pain Management research group include:

  • The TREX Trial/Anaesthesia and the developing brain: Andrew Davidson 
  • EEG and Anaesthesia: Andrew Davidson 
  • CHEWY Trial: comparing chewing gum to ondansetron for nausea and vomiting after surgery: Andrew Davidson 
  • HAMSTER Trial: high-flow oxygen for children's airway surgery: Ben Hallett, Adam Keys
  • Optimal anaesthesia for tonsillectomy: Ben Hallett, Rachel Chapman, Peter Squire, Andrew Davidson
  • Anaesthesia and Pain Management: Ian McKenzie, George Chalkiadis, Greta Palmer
  • Preoperative fasting and anaesthesia: Philip Ragg
  • CVAD Studies: Liz Prentice
  • Pediatric Difficult Intubation (PEDI) Registry: Stefan Sabato
  • Evaluating the adequacy of anaesthesia in the neonate: Bae Corlette
  • World Field Research: Chris Brasher
  • Optimal CT chest anaesthesia: Paul McCallum
  • Sensory processing and attachment in children and adolescents with chronic pain: Cate Sinclair
Collaborations: 
  • Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • Perth Children’s Hospital
  • Queensland Children’s Hospital
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Boston, USA
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA
  • C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA
  • Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, USA
  • Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, Quebec
  • Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Gaslini Children's Hospital, Genoa, Italy
  • University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland