Pins & Needles

THE BLOG OF THE GEOFFREY KAYE MUSEUM OF ANAESTHETIC HISTORY

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to Pins and Needles, the brand new blog of the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History. We’re really excited to have you join us. The Geoffrey Kaye Museum has been around since about 1935.

“Spiritus Anaesthesiae”, The Reach of Anaesthesia

“Spiritus Anaesthesiae”, The Reach of Anaesthesia

Dr David Fenwick is a retired anaesthetist from South Australia. In 2010, Dr Fenwick gifted the college a bronze statuette, representing Spiritus Anaesthesiae. In this blog post, Dr Fenwick describes his inspiration, as well as the benefits of anaesthesia and...

2021 History of Medicine Talk Series

2021 History of Medicine Talk Series

During April, as part of the Australian Heritage Festival, we're running a small series of online talks. Come join us for some interesting discussions. They Didn’t Feel a Thing: Chloroform and Serial Killers Join us as we talk to Rebecca Lush, the curator of the...

Anaesthesia training in Papua New Guinea

Anaesthesia training in Papua New Guinea

Associate Professor Terry Loughnan is an ANZCA fellow with a particular interest in the history of anaesthesia training in Papua New Guinea (PNG). He is also the 2019 recipient of the ANZCA History and Heritage Grant. He had planned to conduct a series of oral history...

Impacts of the pandemic on anaesthetic trainees

Impacts of the pandemic on anaesthetic trainees

Dr Richard Seglenieks is an Anaesthetic Registrar at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. Here, he provides some additional reflections following on from a previous post in June 2020. I have found living and working through the COVID-19 pandemic stressful, and I know many...

COVID-19 as an Anaesthetic Trainee

COVID-19 as an Anaesthetic Trainee

Dr Richard Seglenieks is an Anaesthetic Registrar at St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. Here, he records his reflections on the 'strange times' we're living and working in during 2020.   We are living in strange times. It feels entirely inadequate, yet also...

Isolation Jigsaws

Isolation Jigsaws

A lot's happened in the last few months and jigsaws seem to be the activity of the moment. According to social media, everybody’s doing them. So, the Geoffrey Kaye Museum thought it was time to get on board the jigsaw bandwagon. We searched the collection for some...

Covid-19 and the museum

  There’s a lot going on right now. You’re probably getting a lot of emails cancelling events you’ve been looking forward to for ages or outlining organisations’ responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is another one. The museum is part of the Australian and New...

Portrait of Professor Kate Leslie – 2013

Portrait of Professor Kate Leslie – 2013

Professor Kate Leslie was ANZCA President from 2010 - 2012. At the end of each president’s term, the college commissions a portrait. There is now quite the collection of painted portraits dating back to 1992, when the college formally came into being. In this post,...