Our Anaesthetic Partners

Dr Andrew Buettner

Director of Anaesthesia, RWH – MBBS, FANZCA, MhlthServMt, MMed, GDipHlthInf, PGCertEBHC

Dr Andrew Buettner has been Director of Anaesthetics at the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne since 2008 and the Clinical Director for Gynaecology, Cancer and Women’s Health since 2017.  He studied medicine at the University of Melbourne and trained at St Vincent’s Hospital and the Alfred and received his  specialist anaesthetic qualifications in 1999. He has undertaken post graduate studies at Monash and Oxford universities in the areas of evidence based medicine and health informatics and has masters degrees  in health services management and perioperative medicine.

Andrew currently works with surgeons at


Dr Barbara Chia


After completing University at Monash 1996, Barbara enjoyed an internship and HMO training at the Alfred Hospital.

Barbara worked overseas in the United Kingdom in 1999 before returning to Anaesthesia Training at the Alfred Hospital. She qualified as Specialist Anaesthetist 2005.

Areas of Speciality include Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General and Endocrine, Urological, Plastic and Orthopaedic Surgery.

Barbara is particulary committed to working with all theatre staff as a team, to produce the best outcome and experience for each patient under her care. She is passionate about further education for all staff she works with.

She is currently on staff at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, with a past appointment at The Royal Women’s Hospital.

Barbara currently works with surgeons at





Dr David Daly obtained his medical degree from Melbourne University. He obtained his specialist qualifications (FANZCA) in 1998. After completing a Fellowship year in cardiothoracic anaesthesia at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, U.K. he returned to Australia to take up a full-time position as a cardiothoracic anaesthetist at Alfred Hospital.

Since qualifying as a specialist anaesthetist he has also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials, a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology, and the National Board of Echocardiography perioperative PTeXAM. He has successfully completed the ANZCA continuing professional development (CPD) continuously since the inception of the program. He is a current Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University.

David’s main clinical interests include adult cardiothoracic anaesthesia (including heart and lung transplantation), organ donor optimisation, donation after cardiac death (DCD), mechanical cardiac assistance, pulmonary thromboendarterectomy, transoesophageal echocardiography and anaesthesia for major trauma. He is interested in human factors and system failures and their relationship to medical error. David has worked with Prof Ashton since he returned to Australia in 1999.

David is the Australian representative on the Society of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists International Committee, the ex-Chairman of the ANZCA Cardiothoracic Vascular and Perfusion Special Interest Group. He is an editorial board member of an international anaesthesia journal and reviews for several other journals. He is the Surgical Services representative on the Alfred Hospital Infection Prevention Committee and sits on the Alfred Hospital Senior Medical Staff Association Executive.

David currently works with surgeons at



Dr Ben Di Luca completed his medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 1996 and commenced training in Anesthesia at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1999. In 2000 he was awarded the Renton Prize as the ANZCA trainee who achieved the highest marks in the primary examination for fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists. His final fellowship year was spent at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne where he focused on regional anesthesia. He completed his anesthetic training in 2005.

Dr Di Luca is a Visiting Medical Officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and maintains a private practice with special interests in anesthesia for plastic and reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery, urological surgery, ENT surgery and endoscopy. He is an advanced life support instructor accredited with the Australian Resuscitation Council. He is also a member of the ANZCA Airway Management Special Interest Group. Through these roles he is actively involved in education, as well as participating in the ANZCA Continuing Professional Development program.

Ben currently works with surgeons at



Graduated 1985 Monash University. (MB BS)
Completed Diploma of Obstetrics 1989. (Dip Obs)
Completed Diploma of Anaesthesia, Member Royal College Anaesthetists 1990. (MRCA)
Completed Fellowship Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists 1997. (FANZCA)
Current positions – Senoir staff anaesthetist: Footscray and Sunshine public hospitals.
Visiting medical officer: Cabrini Health, Epworth Health and St Vincents Private.
Medical Special interests – Quality and Safety
Undergraduate and post graduate student education

Martin currently works with surgeons at