History of Macquarie

Modern anaesthetics began in the early 1950's when intubation of the trachea using muscle relaxants and safer volatile anesthetics (such as Halothane) became the standards of care. This is when Macquarie Anaesthetics was formed. In those days Macquarie Street was the hub for specialist medical practices where private practice was combined with a public appointment at Sydney Hospital.

The first office for the group was in a building called 'Wyoming' at 175 Macquarie St. Initially there were seven members.

By 1970 the group assumed its own management and relocated to 12th floor of the BMA building at 135 Macquarie St as tenants of Dr Bob Macbeth. Around 1980, the group changed suites in the same building, moving from the 12th to the 7th floor.

Membership of the group changed as more anaesthetists from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital joined and with less influence from Sydney Hospital and the increasing difficulties with parking in Macquarie St, the decision was made to move to Camperdown. A cottage at 191 Missenden Rd was used as an office between 1988 and 1997.

In 1997, the group moved to its current premises at 35-47 Missenden Rd under the direction of Professor Greg Knoblanche and Dr Alfred Chua. The need for more space with modern facilities and equipment was much needed and proved a very positive move for the group. The number of anaesthetists expanded to over twenty with representation from teaching hospitals from all over central Sydney and the secretarial staffing was increased proportionally. Further expansion occurred and anaesthetists from the Macquarie Group began supplying services to most of the major private hospitals, as well as numerous smaller hospitals and day surgeries.

Macquarie anaesthetists have had a long history of involvement in the development of modern anaesthetic practice in Sydney either through the College, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, the universities and the administration of numerous hospital departments both public and private. Members have been prominent in providing Continuing Medical Education and teaching. There has always been a strong commitment to quality patient care and the highest standards of clinical anaesthesia.