The first Anaesthetic Technicians were
employed under a Ministry of Health
pilot scheme in
First examinations held
Our professional body which was
originally called The NZ Society
Anaesthetic Technicians was formed
Ministry of Health no longer funded and was responsible for the training of Anaesthetic technicians.
Members of NZNC (New Zealand Nursing Council) and of ANZCA (Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists) formed the Anaesthetic Technicians board.
The certificate in Anaesthetic
Technology was introduced in NZ
A pass in a practical exam at the end of
the technical certificate programme was
a pre-requisite to obtain registration
Our self-regulated professional registration started.
Formal application to MOH, for legislative registration was lodged.
National Standards of Practice for
ATs were established.
These determined the expected Standards
Submission to MOH for inclusion in the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Bill
Ministry advised the NZSAT and ATB
NZ Association of Anaesthetic
Technicians and Nurses was formed
Letter sent to NZAATN to all hospitals recommending registration with them for all those that completed anaesthetic assistant training.
Letter was sent to MOH stating
what the NZAATN Regulations
were for training.
Registration, Standards of
Practice and a Code of Ethics
as well as a voluntary register
NZAATN was renamed NZATS
NZATS membership was surveyed to ascertain support for registration.
Members clearly indicated they wished to proceed.
An application for registration
as a New Profession under the
Health Practitioners Competence
Assurance Act (HPCAA) was
MOH determines that AT’s are to be regulated under the HPCA Act 2003.
The Diploma in Applied Science
replaced the certificate
MSC contact NZATS to continue to provide the AT’s registration Examination – but now done on behalf of MSC
However in September the MOH
Reviewed how the act operates
Resulting from this review it was not
possible to establish a standalone
authority for ATs
MOH reviewed the criteria for professional statutory regulation and determined it was to progress.
The Medical Laboratory Sciences Board
changed its name to the Medical
Sciences Council in preparation for
incorporating the ATs
Medical Sciences Council called for ATs to apply for registration.
First Annual Practising certificate
Two expanded scopes of practice were approved.
Bachelor of Health Sciences
introduced and started