Australia has an interesting history both generally and with perioperative medicine specifically. Here the story is told and their current progress is revealed. How do comparisons between various countries help us to understand where improvements can be made? How do the differences between the way in which healthcare is funded impact patients and providers?

Moderated by Dr Mark Edwards, University College London Hospital, with his guests Ross Kerridge, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia, often cited as ‘the father of Modern Perioperative Medicine’, Sol Aronson, tenured professor at Duke University and Executive Vice Chairman in the Department of Anesthesiology, Mike Grocott, Professor of Anaesthesia and critical care at the University of Southampton.