History of Sunshine Coast Anaesthetic Group

The Sunshine Coast Anaesthetic Group was loosely formed in 1978 after the close arrival of three specialist anaesthetists -

Doug Wilson 1976

John Shrapnel 1977

Steve McCready 1978

The name was not created until after the opening of Buderim Private Hospital [ Sunshine Coast Private Hospital ] in 1980 when it became obvious that the Sunshine Coast was an emerging medical entity.

There was a dominant commitment to the public hospital in Nambour as Visiting Medical Officers in the early years when like many Queensland country public hospitals the only full time specialist  was a surgical superintendent with local GPs providing anaesthetic cover.

Selangor was the main private hospital with a small community owned hospital at Cooroy and public hospital at Caloundra. All surgery including obstetrics and orthopaedics was performed by general surgeons.

Growth of specialist medicine since then has been exponential with less dependence on Brisbane referrals and far exceeding the general population growth of the coast.

Currently there are over 20 specialist anaesthetists working under the banner of the Sunshine Coast Anaesthetic Group. Our aim, as always, is to continue to provide excellence in the field of anaesthesia and perioperative care.