MHANZ(1) (Malignant Hyperthermia Group of Australia and New Zealand) and the MH Resource Kit
MHANZ was officially formed in November 2004 as a fundraising group for malignant hyperthermia (MH) research and testing throughout Australia and New Zealand. The group collaborates in many areas of research and meets once a year to review the latest clinical and diagnostic advances in this specialised field.
All members are directly involved in research and in-vitro contracture testing for MH. Anaesthetic members of MHANZ include Robyn Gillies (Vic), Brad Hockey (Vic), Amit Surah (Vic), Elaine Langton (NZ), Philip Nelson (WA), Terasa Bulger (NZ), Margaret Perry (NSW), Neil Street (NSW).
MHANZ has developed the MH Resource kit with the help of expert opinion, literature review and international guidelines. The crisis task cards for the kit were the original idea of the Southern Health Simulation and Skills centre and have been modified after simulation testing by the MHANZ.
The Australian and New Zealand College of anaesthetists endorsed the latest resource kit in 2018.
The Resource kit is designed as a guide and a practical memory aid and it has been prepared for a typical MH case. It is still the responsibility of the practitioner to look at the circumstances of each case and whether the application of all or some of the advice in the kit is appropriate.
The Resource kit can be downloaded from our website here or from the college website www.anzca.edu.au (search term – malignant hyperthermia)
1. Address for correspondence: MHANZ Group, C/o Dr Robyn Gillies, Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grattan Street, Parkville 3050.
Phone: 03 9342 7540