Dr Tim Brownridge
Tim’s first exposure to anaesthesia was in 1992 as a junior doctor working in a busy English hospital. In those two years, excellent teaching and unimaginable long working hours proved a sound grounding for him in the speciality. He was awarded the UK’s Diploma in Anaesthetics in 1993. On returning to Adelaide he promptly joined the local training program and completed his specialist anaesthetic training in 1998. Much to his wife’s dismay he then decided to pursue Intensive Care training. He is still not entirely sure what came over him at the time but he nonetheless pushed on and completed his training in 2001.
He subsequently worked for many years as an intensive care specialist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and in several private hospitals. For 13 years he worked with the RAH retrieval service chalking up over 200 missions transporting the critical ill from remote locations back to Adelaide. This extensive experience lead to his appointment as a State Aeromedical Consultant with responsibility for managing major incidents, advising rural GP’s on emergency management, prioritising and organising state aircraft assets. Tim was also responsible for organising the retieval of Australian citizens from overseas and was involved in the transfer of Bali bombing victims in 2002.
In 2003 he joined Specialist Anaesthetic Services (SAS) as a part time anaesthetist, and for several years was giving anaesthetics one week, and in the next retrieving or caring for the critically ill. Over time however the love for anaesthesia won over and in 2011 he became a full time anaesthetist with SAS.
Tim’s practice encompasses many surgical specialities including ENT (ear, nose and throat), orthopaedics, bariatrics, upper GI, obstetrics and gynaecology, gynae oncology, urology and plastics. He loves working with kiddies, and especially enjoys the challenges of complex anaesthesia for major surgery. He is noted for his kind and easy going nature and strives, with the assistance of humour (or failing that good drugs), to ease the stresses and fears people have fronting for surgery. He still finds giving a good anaesthetic extremely gratifying and hopes his experience and enthusiasm will be an encouragement to new anaesthetists embarking in private practice. He is absolutely thrilled to be part of the professional team at Specialist Anaesthetic Services and feels very privileged to be working with some of Adelaide’s best surgeons.
He is currently the Chairman of the Board at SAS. He is also on the Burnside Hospital Perioperative Committee and has previously served on the Medical Committee for Calvary Hospital North Adelaide. He is very interested in the emergency management of difficult airways and is a member of the ANZCA Difficult Airways Special Interest Group and the ANZCA Anaesthetic Allergy Group.
Outside of work, Tim is a passionate vintage aviator and tries to spend as much time as possible in the air! He is a member of the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia and the De Havilland Moth Club.