Anaesthetic Technician

Definition

Anaesthetic technology is the provision of perioperative technical management and patient care for supporting the provision of quality health care and safe anaesthetic services in New Zealand accredited health facilities.  Tasks included in this definition, but not limited to, are:

  • anaesthetic related research and development
  • applied science and anaesthetic technology education
  • advanced patient monitoring
  • collection of samples for diagnostic investigation
  • management

New Zealand Qualifications

The Council has prescribed the following New Zealand qualifications for a person to be eligible for registration as an anaesthetic technician:

  • The Diploma in Applied Science (Anaesthetic Technology) as issued by the Auckland University of Technology; 
  • The Graduate Certificate in Applied Science (Anaesthetic Technology) as issued by the Auckland University of Technology.
  • The Certificate of Proficiency as an Anaesthetic Technician as issued by the New Zealand Department of Health.
  • The Certificate in Anaesthetic Technology as issued by the Auckland Institute of Technology.

 Overseas Qualifications:

The Council has approved the following non-New Zealand qualification as being substantially equivalent to the prescribed qualifications:

Practitioners who hold a United Kingdom-issued qualification in anaesthetic technology and:

  • have at least 3680 hours (2 years fulltime equivalent) post-qualification relevant specialised anaesthetic technology experience, and
  • Are registered with HPC

will be eligible for registration in the Anaesthetic Technician scope of practice. 

Practitioners who hold a United Kingdom-issued qualification in anaesthetic technology and:

  • are registered with the HPC,
  • but have less than 3680 hours (2 years fulltime equivalent) post-qualification relevant and specialised anaesthetic technology experience,

may be registered but will need to complete a period of supervised practice.  The practitioner will be advised at the time of registration as to the specific length of supervised practice that will be required.  At the end of the period of supervised practice the practitioner will be required to sit and pass a Work-Based Assessment.    

Holders of qualifications that have not been deemed as being substantially equivalent to the prescribed qualifications:

  • All other overseas qualifications are assessed on a case-by-case basis as to whether or not the holder of that qualification meets the registration requirements of the Council.  The qualifications will be assessed against a standard set of criteria approved by the Council.

Overseas qualifications may, from time to time, be approved as being substantially equivalent to the Diploma in Applied Science (Anaesthetic Technology) and added to the published list of qualifications approved by the Council.