An anaesthetist is a doctor who specialises in anaesthetics and is trained to provide pain management, resuscitation and intensive care for patients before, during and after surgery.

Where anaesthetists are employed

Anaesthetists may work in private practice on their own, in partnership with another medical practitioners, in a group practice, in community health centres and in public hospitals. They work in cities, suburbs and rural townships.


Full-time anaesthetists in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for anaesthetist

Job prospects

Opportunities for medical graduates depend on a variety of factors such as birth and death rates, population levels and movements, changing patterns of illness and injury, technological advances in health care, the trend towards preventative medicine and the cost to the patient of treatment and health insurance. While most city areas and major towns are well supplied with medical practitioners, there are shortages in some city areas and in almost all rural/remote locations.  In 2011 there were 241 people employed full-time as anaesthetists in South Australia compared with 217 in 2006.   

How to become one

You need to study medicine at university and follow this with specialist post graduate training. At school consider doing English, maths, chemistry biology and physics. For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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