Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

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Coat of arms (crest) of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
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The Southern Cross in the chief of the shield symbolises the College's location in the Southern Hemisphere. It also symbolises the founding of the College in the Australian State of Victoria.

The headquarters of the College is also located in Victoria. The Red Cross of St George symbolises the link with the Royal College of Anaesthetists. The charges in the four quadrants of the cross symbolises the plants which together forms the basis for the pharmacology fundamental to anaesthetsia and intensive care.

The Torch symbolises the link to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

The rising sun in the crest symbolise the location of the College next to the International Date Line. It also indicates the link to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the arms of both contains suns.

The hand issuant from a cloud symbolises the fellow's hand guided by the lord caring for the patient's life. The ankh symbolises the roots of Western medicine in ancient Egypt.

The serpent from the Rod of Aesculapius symbolise the heritage form the ancient Greek medicine.

The supporters represents Andreas Vesalius, the first person to record the use of artificial ventilation to sustain life and William Harvey, the first person to record the circulation of the blood.Literature:

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