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Dr Belavy completed medical school at the University of Queensland in 1999 and began working in anaesthesia in 2004. During training, he gained experience in all areas of anaesthesia but had additional focused training in obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia. After completing anaesthesia training in 2009, he’s worked at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and in private practice.

In 2011, Dr Belavy took a one-year sabbatical to work at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, UK to gain additional experience in anaesthesia for heart and lung surgery. This is the largest cardiothoracic centre in the United Kingdom and consistently delivers the best results for heart surgery.

Dr Belavy has special interests in:

  • using local anaesthetic techniques to improve pain relief and improve the quality of recovery
  • anaesthesia for people with severe heart and lung disease
  • the use of ultrasound to improve the quality and safety of anaesthesia procedures

Dr Belavy’s research interests concentrate on the use of information technology in the perioperative period to improve outcomes and he is a senior lecturer with the University of Queensland.

He lives in Brisbane with his wife and two children.

Prior to Surgery

Prior to your surgery, there are a few things that should be done:
  • Complete a pre-operative assessment at https://periop.com.au. This will help Dr Belavy plan your anaesthetic and ensure the best quality recovery.
  • Read the Consent for General Anaesthesia form. This lists side effects, problems and complications that can occur after anaesthesia. Bring a copy to the hospital when you come for surgery so that it can be discussed further.
  • Contact Dr Belavy’s rooms to obtain an estimate of the likely fee. Anaesthetic fees depend on the surgery you’re having, the duration of the procedure and any other required medical procedures. As a result, the final cost may vary from the estimate.
  • Read and follow the fasting guidelines provided by the hospital. This helps reduce your risk of complications from the anaesthetic. Typical guidelines are available here.
  • Stop smoking.
  • If you have day surgery, organise someone to stay with you for the day.

Contact

Dr David Belavy
Wesley Anaesthesia
and Pain Management

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