What do Anaesthetic Technicians do?

Anaesthetic Technicians work mainly in operating theatres providing skilled assistance to the anaesthetist.

To qualify as an Anaesthetic Technician, you must complete a three year Diploma in Applied Science (Anaesthetic Technology) or have an equivalent recognised qualification (e.g. Certificate/Diploma In Operating Department Practice – UK).

While Anaesthetic Technicians work predominantly in operating theatres, we are called upon to work in any area where an anaesthetic may be given. This includes CT, MRI & radiology, emergency departments and intensive care.

Duties will vary between different hospitals, but Anaesthetic Technicians may be involved in patient transfers on air ambulances and resuscitation teams.

As of 1st April 2012, we are now registered under the HPCA Act having been taken on by the Medical Sciences Council Of New Zealand. This is an exciting time for us as a profession, and will hopefully help expand and develop our role within the healthcare sector.

Main Duties Include:

  • Checking and maintaining the anaesthetic machines & other related equipment (including Autologous Cell Saver, specialised airway equipment, ultrasound, blood gas analysis (ISTAT)).
  • Ensuring the appropriate equipment and drugs are available.
  • Assisting with inserting of airway devices and venous/arterial cannulas.
  • Act as an advocate for the patient.


Anaesthetic Techs - Delegates:

Name Location Employer
Andrew Urquhart Hastings Hawke's Bay
Fintan Marshall Tauranga Bay Of Plenty
Christopher Mitchell Tauranga Bay Of Plenty
Michael Leach Whakatane Bay Of Plenty
Patricia Smith Hastings Hawke's Bay
Daneby Liddell Palmerston North Midcentral
Faye Moore Whangarei Northland
Julian Baden Invercargill Southern
Mark Somers Christchurch Canterbury
David Mason Rotorua Lakes
Fleur Bearda Nelson Nelson / Marlborough
Grant Scarf Bowen Hospital Acurity Health Group Auckland
Peter Won Wakefield Hospital Acurity Health Group Auckland
James South Wakefield Hospital Acurity Health Group Auckland
Natalie Peacock Royston Hospital Acurity Health Group Auckland
Cathie Hepworth Christchurch Canterbury
Damian Mahoney Whangarei Northland
Lyall Trethowen Dunedin Southern
Michael Smith Waikato Waikato

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