Executive Committee

   David Linscott (President)Ben Turner (Vice President)  |  Ruth Matters (Treasurer)  |  Edith Waugh (Secretary)  |  Elsa Taylor  |  Anna Miedecke


David Linscott (President)


David graduated form Otago University in 1990. He worked as an RMO at Dunedin and Christchurch Hospitals. Registrar jobs in General Surgery and Emergency Medicine helped him discover that Anaestheisa was indeed - “medicine’s best kept secret”.

In 2001 he moved to Melbourne for a fellowship year in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Royal Children’s Hospital. He joined RCH as a Staff Specialist the following year and developed interests in craniofacial, cardiac anaesthesia and teaching.

David returned to Christchurch in 2005 to work in Christchurch Public Hospital, which is the South Island’s major referral centre for paediatric services. Here, he has continuing interests in medical education and paediatric pain management, as well as annual involvement in paediatric surgical aid visits to Fiji with the Pacific Islands Project.

He has recently been appointed coordinator of Christchurch Hospital‘s Paediatric Anaesthesia service and looks forward to involvement in the upcoming development of a new children’s facility in Christchurch.

His other interests include a busy family life, travel and cycling.

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Turner Ben  

Ben Turner (Vice President)

Ben completed his medical degree (eventually) at Monash University, and spent the next 7 years at Monash Medical Centre where he completed training as an Intensive Care Physician.  Realising that physician training was only half the story he undertook anaesthesia training, completing this at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne.

He was fortunate to be offered a locum Anaesthetist position at The Royal Children’s Hospital which became permanent when a certain Kiwi anaesthetist headed home for more challenging cycling.  Since then he has balanced an interest in critical care medicine with anaesthesia for cardiac, scoliosis and major general surgery.

Ben has furthered his skill set to include rostering and comic debates, and is looking forward to combining these interests in the first season of the hit live show “You want time off when?”

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 Ruth Matters  

Ruth Matters (Treasurer)

Ruth Matters MBBS, FANZCA, Cert. Health Services Management Deputy Director and Paediatric Anaesthetist, Anaesthetic Department, Royal Hobart Hospital

Ruth graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1985.  She accepted an Anaesthetic Registrar position at Royal Hobart Hospital in 1988.  She spent 6 months of her training years at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.  Ruth took up a position as staff specialist at RHH in 1993.  She was appointed to the position of Day Surgery Director in 1994 and Medical Co-Director of Surgical Services in 1997.  Ruth is now the Deputy Director of the Anaesthetic Department at RHH.

Ruth has previously participated as a member of the executives of the Tasmanian ANZCA regional committee and the Day Care SIG of ANZCA. Paediatric Anaesthesia has always been a major professional interest for Ruth in the context of working in the tertiary hospital for Tasmania.  Ruth has participated in the paediatric anaesthetic special interest group at RHH since its inception in the mid 90’s.  This group of 4 – 6 anaesthetists cover anaesthesia for all children less than 12 months old.  She spent her sabbatical in Paediatric hospitals in USA and UK in 2000.

Outside medicine Ruth actively pursues her interests of hockey, indoor sport climbing and piano.

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 Edith Waugh 2  

Edith Waugh (Secretary)

MBBS, MPH&TM, FANZCA, Specialist Anaesthetist, Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin

After graduating from University of Melbourne in 2000, Edith completed her internship year at Austin Health in Melbourne before moving to tropical Darwin where she discovered the challenges of indigenous health and acute care medicine. Edith returned to Melbourne in 2005 to complete anaesthesia and intensive care training at Austin Health and Alfred Hospitals, and was initiated into paediatric anaesthesia at Royal Children’s Hospital. She went on to complete paediatric anaesthesia fellowships in the UK at Oxford’s John Radcliffe and Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospitals.

Edith returned to the Northern Territory as a paediatric anaesthetist in 2012 to work as a Staff Specialist at Royal Darwin Hospital, a university teaching hospital/tertiary referral centre to northern Australia with a large indigenous population.

Edith’s clinical interests include paediatric anaesthesia and indigenous children’s health particularly management of cultural differences, communication difficulties and high prevalence of chronic illness. She is also involved in medical education including simulation and coordinating the local trainee welfare program.

In her non-clinical time Edith maintains a busy family life and is always planning her next adventure.

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Elsa Taylor  

Elsa Taylor (Member)

Specialist Padiatric Anaesthetist, Starship Children's Health, Auckland

Zimbabwean born and raised, Elsa graduated from Otago medical school in 1990, receiving a University of Otago Award in medicine and an undergraduate award in philosophy.

Whilst in West Africa in 1993 Elsa acccepted an anaesthetic registrar post back in New Zealand with the intention of spending a year learning a few key skills! Within 3 weeks of starting the job she had found her professional passion. She completed her registrar and provisional fellowship posts in Dunedin, Invercargill and Auckland. Her Paediatric Anaesthetic fellowship was undertaken at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and supported by the Ritchie travelling scholarship.

Her professional interests include quality and safety in healthcare delivery, acute pain management, paediatric spine surgery and liver transplantation.

Family, outdoors, yoga, good company, great food, wine in moderation and a novice passion for growing vegetables fill in the non-work hours.

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Anna Miedecke  

Anna Miedecke (Member)

Deputy Director, Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

Anna was Tasmanian until a move to Queensland for a year in 2006 resulted in marriage (to another Tasmanian), house renovation and kids. She was extremely fortunate to train at Royal Hobart Hospital and had a fabulous year in Taunton, UK prior to moving to Brisbane to complete an adult cardiac fellowship. A paediatric fellowship in Brisbane followed. A maternity locum (for a certain paediatric anaesthetist very well known to SPANZA) was her first consultant job. It was too good to leave and led to 10 very happy years at Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. Recently the opening of Lady Cilento Children’s presented new opportunities, challenges and colleagues.

Anna’s work interests include paediatric cardiac anaesthesia, policies and procedures (deputy director of policy and quality at LCCH – arguably better than deputy of people which includes rosters?!), and generally having fun at work. She’s dedicated in trying to make anaesthesia more friendly, efficient and safe. She is also involved in formal teaching and enjoys working with junior staff to encourage their learning in a clinical environment.

Pre kids she did several developing country missions with Op Smile and a voluntary locum in Tonga. She is hoping to be able to get back into that again soon. As the original guinea pig as a resident in the late 90’s (thanks Haydn) for the RSDCDC Anaesthesia course in Hobart her interest was sparked.

She has absolutely no ability at debates or being funny on stage. Her talent lies in saying exactly what she means and doing it quickly which is not often funny.

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