Dr John Beck

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Area: Perioperative Physician, Specialist Anaesthetist

Dr John Beck is a Senior Anaesthetist with 17 years’ experience of which 8 have been as a Specialist Anaesthetist. In addition to anaesthesia, Dr Beck has experience in clinical ultrasound, hospital management and in the newly recognised field of perioperative medicine. Dr Beck has experience in both metropolitan and rural anaesthetic practice.

Qualifications and Fellowships

  • 1996 – BAppSc (Biol)(Hons) Central Queensland University
  • 2005 – MBBS University of Sydney
  • 2014 – FANZCA Fellow of the Australian & NZ College of Anaesthetists
  • 2021 – AFACHSM Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM)
  • 2021 – AFRACMA Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA)
  • 2021 – MPeriopMed Monash University
  • 2022 – GDipClinUS University of Melbourne

Current Positions

  • Senior Staff Specialist Mater Hospitals Brisbane
  • Senior Staff Specialist Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane
  • Senior Staff Specialist Perioperative Medicine Clinical Lead Redland Hospital Brisbane
  • Senior Lecturer Griffith University School of Medicine

Previous Positions

  • Adult general anaesthesia,
  • Obstetric anaesthesia,
  • Neuraxial anaesthesia (spinal, epidural),
  • Peripheral neural blockade,
  • Clinical ultrasound,
  • Perioperative patient care,
  • Management,
  • Healthcare facility management,
  • Patient safety,
  • Quality improvement

Research and Publications

  • August 2022 – Current: “The Impact of Azithromycin on Surgical Site Infection Rates (TIASSIR)”.
  • Jun 2020 – Dec 2021: “Validation of DASI scoring and its’ correlation with perioperative complications. Audit of 415 completed DASI questionnaires including analysis of variance (ANOVA)”.
  • Jan 2021 – Current: Principal Investigator for “Confirmation of DASI’s Explanatory Significance (CODES): a protocol for a prospective cohort study of the association between preoperative Duke Activity Status Index result and moderate-severe in-hospital complications following non-cardiac surgery
  • June 2013 – October 2013: Principal Investigator for “Combined Local Infiltration Analgesia and Femoral Nerve Blocks in Total Knee Replacements. A Prospective Randomised Controlled Trial
  • March 2011 – February 2013: RBWH, Brisbane “Peripheral Nerve & Plexus Blockade at Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital (RBWH): Findings from the International Registry of Regional Anaesthesia (IRORA)

Memberships and Special Interests

  • Australian Society of Anaesthetists
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland
  • Medico-Legal Society of Queensland, Brisbane (Member of Expert Witness Directory)
  • Australasian College of Health Service Management
  • ANZCA Special   Interest Groups (Perioperative Medicine, Wellbeing, Airway Management, Communications in Anaesthesia, Acute Pain)
  • Mock Part II Examiner (ANZCA Qld Regional Office, West End, Brisbane)
  • ANZCA Qld Trainee Committee – Committee Representative (Jan-Dec 2009)

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