Dr Christian Van Nieuwenhuysen


BSc MBBS FANZCA Grad Cert (Clinical Education)

Area: Anaesthesia, Specialist Anaesthetist

Dr Van Nieuwenhuysen has been a medical practitioner for 15 years including 7 years as a Specialist Anaesthetist. Dr Van Nieuwenhuysen has special interests in adverse reactions to anaesthesia, anaesthetic agent allergy testing and clinical education. Dr Van Nieuwenhuysen is widely experienced in adult anaesthesia in both the public and private sector. Dr Van Nieuwenhuysen is the founder of Queensland Anaesthetic Reaction Clinic, a specialist clinic dedicated to the investigation of adverse events during anaesthesia including severe allergic (anaphylactic) reactions. 


  • 2016 FANZCA: Fellow Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists 
  • 2014 Grad Cert (Clinical Edu.) Flinders University 
  • 2008 MBBS University of Queensland 
  • 2004 BSc University of Queensland 

Current Positions 

  • Staff Specialist Anaesthetist, Princess Alexandra Hospital  
  • Specialist Anaesthetist, Greenslopes Anaesthesia Services 
  • Principle Anaesthetist, Queensland Anaesthetic Reaction Clinic 

Clinical Expertise 

Adult general anaesthesia (including intensive care medicine), specialising in anaesthesia for orthopaedic, plastic, colorectal, urological, gynaecological, and spinal surgery, day-case anaesthesia, and procedural sedation. 

Investigation of peri-operative drug reactions and allergy testing to anaesthetic agents (departmental lead) following episodes of suspected peri-operative anaphylaxis. 

Regional anaesthesia and analgesia 

Teaching and clinical education, including regular invited speaker at regional, state, and national level to doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and students. 

Membership of Societies, Professional Bodies and Committees 

  • Fellow, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists 
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group 
  • Member, Metro South Adverse Drug Reaction Clinic, Queensland Health 
  • Associate, Australian Society of Clinical Immunologists and Allergists 
  • Member, Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia 
  • Numerous previous memberships on committees related to safety, quality, training accreditation, education, and clinical standards with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, including previous non-voting member of ANZCA Council 

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