Dr Peter Gilchrist
Rural Generalist Anaesthetic Advisor
Dr Peter Gilchrist is an experienced Rural Generalist Anaesthetist (RGA) and clinical educator for Flinders University. He has worked extensively across rural South Australia and interstate, including as RGA and Partner with Bridge Clinic in Murray Bridge for 7 years. Currently Peter locums within the Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network (FUNLHN) providing emergency and elective anaesthesia, emergency care and inpatient care. In addition, Peters experience covers aged care, aboriginal health and rural general practice.
Peter brings a vast knowledge of key anaesthetic issues to the role of Rural Generalist Anaesthetics Advisor. He is involved in training new RGA candidates via the Joint Consultative Committee on Anaesthesia (JCCA) both in SA and nationally. He also shares responsibility for the coordination and delivery of the SA JCCA end of training exam, and the provision of training and education, supervision, assessment, and pastoral care for Resident Medical Officers in the FUNLHN.
For the past three years Peter has been the Chairperson of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Anaesthetics working group. Consisting of delegates from across Australia, the group considers common issues facing RGAs along with the promotion and development of advanced skill training. Peter’s additional responsibilities include being the representative for the RACGP on the Diploma of Anaesthesia Conjoint Committee, and facilitator/ co-creator of RESP-Anaesthesia which is a two day simulation based workshop to better prepare RGAs for anaesthetic crises. For the past two years, Peter has been the sole RGA member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia (ANZCA) committee, which has been tasked with developing curriculum and assessment methods for a proposed Diploma of Rural Generalist Anaesthesia (DRGA), now scheduled for launch in 2022. Peter is currently completing a PhD which explores the relationship between safety and context in the delivery of anaesthesia by rural GPs.