The Centre for Excellence and Innovation in Anaesthesia (CEIA) is a research and education facility which works in collaboration with the University of Queensland (UQ) School of Medicine and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (DAPM).

The CEIA functions as a high-end teaching, training, testing and research centre in anaesthesia at the RBWH DAPM to improve and provide optimal patient care. Not only local staff, but all anesthetists in Australia (and beyond) benefit from the experiences gained at the CEIA.

Anaesthetists need to integrate a large amount of overwhelming knowledge from virtually all fields of medicine and surgery and apply it to the perioperative care of patients undergoing surgery. Medical knowledge doubles every 18 months; with increasing numbers and varieties of complex surgical interventions on older/more debilitated patients; with more medication and equipment than ever before, currently over 1.5 million different devices worldwide (WHO 2010) – many in anaesthesia. This means anaesthetists can struggle with all the medical knowledge that they are expected to apply across a broad spectrum of medicine.