Department of Anaesthetics


The ISLHD Department of Anaesthesia is a team of dedicated specialists who care for patients at all stages of their surgery journeys. Our specialist Anaesthetists are involved in the preoperative stages - assessing and planning patients' care as part of the medical team. They then closely monitor patients' health and wellbeing throughout their procedures, and help to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery.

The full range of anaesthesia procedures are available at ISLHD, including General, Local, Regional, Procedural sedation, Conscious sedation, and Analgesia.

Contact Information

Wollongong Hospital
Level 3, Block B,
Loftus St
Wollongong NSW 2500
02 4255 1560

9:00am - 5:00pm

Monday - Friday

Our Staff

Co-Head of Department - Anaesthetics

Dr Daniel Hernandez has been a Resident Medical Officer at Wollongong Hospital since 2008. He has trained in Wollongong, St George and St Vincent's Hospitals, and entered into Anaesthetics Training in 2010. He achieved his FANZCA in 2015.

Since then, he has become a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Wollongong Graduate School of Medicine and is also on the clinical chair of the End of Life Committee.

Co-Head of Department - Anaesthetics

Dr Joshua Rijsdijk was an Anaesthetic Registrar trainee from 2011 at St George Hospital and Sutherland Hospital, until 2015 when he achieved his FANZCA.

He is currently the Co-Chair of the Northern Illawarra Medical Staff Council and member of the NSW Medical Staff Executive Council.

Dr Rijsdijk has a special interest in Clinical Governance and teaching.