1. The first Anaesthetic Technicians were employed under a Ministry of Health pilot scheme in
  2. First examinations held
  3. Our professional body which was originally called The NZ Society Anaesthetic Technicians was formed
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Our self-regulated professional registration started. Formal application to MOH, for legislative registration was lodged.
  7. National Standards of Practice for ATs were established. These determined the expected Standards of competence.
  8. Submission to MOH for inclusion in the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Bill
  9. Ministry advised the NZSAT and ATB to amalgamate. NZ Association of Anaesthetic Technicians and Nurses was formed
  10. Letter sent to NZAATN to all hospitals recommending registration with them for all those that completed anaesthetic assistant training.
  11. 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 was established.
  12. NZAATN was renamed NZATS
  13. NZATS membership was surveyed to ascertain support for registration. Members clearly indicated they wished to proceed.
  14. An application for registration as a New Profession under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA) was formerly lodged.
  15. MOH determines that AT’s are to be regulated under the HPCA Act 2003.
  16. The Diploma in Applied Science replaced the certificate
  17. MSC contact NZATS to continue to provide the AT’s registration Examination – but now done on behalf of MSC
  18. However in September the MOH Reviewed how the act operates
  19. Resulting from this review it was not possible to establish a standalone authority for ATs
  20. MOH reviewed the criteria for professional statutory regulation and determined it was to progress.
  21. The Medical Laboratory Sciences Board changed its name to the Medical Sciences Council in preparation for incorporating the ATs
  22. Medical Sciences Council called for ATs to apply for registration.
  23. First Annual Practising certificate issued.
  24. Two expanded scopes of practice were approved.
  25. Bachelor of Health Sciences introduced and started