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Research-based study in the Department of Anaesthesia

Areas of departmental strength for postgraduate research

Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine

  • A patient receiving an epiduralAnaesthetic and pain drugs and techniques
  • Anaesthesia - pharmacokinetics and dynamics, interface design and outcomes.
  • Matching drug delivery to patient needs.
  • Post-surgical acute pain and its transition to chronic pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Bio-Psychosocial- Rehabilitative model of chronic pain

Intensive Care

  • Metabolism and glycaemic control
  • Cardiovascular dysfunction and its diagnosis and treatment
  • Pulmonary mechanics and management of mechanical ventilation
  • Kidney injury in critical illness

Potential topics for PhD and Masters' study

  • Transition of Acute Post-traumatic or perioperative pain to chronic pain
  • New modes and Routes of Drug Delivery
  • New techniques in Regional Anaesthesia/Analgesia
  • The Pathogenesis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Electrical Stimulation Analgesia – new waveforms and frequencies
  • Multimodal pharmacological management of neuropathic pain
  • Central post stroke pain syndrome
  • Opioid consumption in New Zealand
  • The role of the Anaesthetist in enhanced recovery programs
  • Simulation and Anaesthesia
  • Kidney injury in Critical Illness
  • Metabolism and glycaemic control
  • Cardiovascular monitoring for circulatory dysfunction
  • Effect site levels of opioids
  • Depth of Anaesthesia and Recovery

PhD study

Current opportunities

We encourage enquiries from enthusiastic and highly motivated postgraduate students regarding PhD study.