Dr Paul SlocombeAnaesthetist BSc, MBBS (Hons), FANZCA, EDRA
Dr Paul Slocombe supports patients with a range of medical conditions through all stages of surgery. This includes pre-surgery consultation and preparation, caring for them safely during surgery, and managing their pain and recovery post-operatively.
Dr Slocombe graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc), majoring in anatomy and physiology, in 2006, and a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery with Honours (MBBS) in 2010, both from the University of Queensland. He achieved his fellowship with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) and his European Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA) in 2018.
Dr Slocombe now works at QEII Hospital as a Staff Specialist Anaesthetist and a range of private hospitals as a Visiting Medical Officer.
His main subspecialty area of interest is regional anaesthesia. This involves using local anaesthetic injections to numb the nerves of a region of the body, and the combination of anatomy, ultrasound and procedural skills to help with patient care.
He has completed extensive further education and training in regional anaesthesia, and regularly participates in demonstration and research. He helped set up several initiatives, including the Stop Before You Block safety checklist, to prevent wrong-sided regional anaesthesia blocks.
The main surgical specialties Dr Slocombe is involved in include anaesthesia for maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and obstetric anaesthesia.
He is an active contributor to ongoing teaching and research, is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland, Griffith University and Bond University, has published literature on regional anaesthesia and improvements to patient safety, and is an investigator in several multi-centre clinical trials.
Having always wanted to be a doctor, Dr Slocombe has fond memories of informing his grandmother this was the case when he was five years old. Today, he enjoys the variety that comes with being an anaesthetist.
His hobbies include raising toddlers, riding his bike, renovating, gardening, and before COVID travelling and exploring the world. He is hoping to learn mandarin when time allows.