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New Journal of Perioperative Practice Issue

The December edition of the Journal of Perioperative Practice is now available to NZATS members in the members section. Click here for quick access to the all available journals.

RACP Conference 12-14 May 2022

The Royal Australiasian College of Physicians are holding a congress in May 2022 in Melbourne, Auckland and virtually titled “A Climate for Change” This is open to Allied Health Staff as well as physicians. Register before the end of the year and use the code EARLY22 to get 15% off the registration fee.

For more information and registration visit here:


Advertisement for the Degree Programme

AUT are pleased to share this video about the new Bachelor of Health Science in Perioperative Practice. Any questions about the degree please email AUT at

Please watch and share widely to promote the opportunity

Examination update regarding COVID-19 vaccinations

The Medical Sciences Council has considered the issue and does not consider an unvaccinated student can sit or attend the exam.

Given the Medical Sciences Council is the provider of the exam, and therefore holds the rights to the exam, they have made vaccination a condition for sitting the exam.

New Journal of Perioperative Practice Online

The next edition of the Journal of Perioperative Practice is now uploaded. It can be found within the members section.

Update for December Registration Exam

I am pleased to announced that the Registration examination due to be held on the 4th and 5th Dec 2021 will go ahead.
This exam will be in a remote format, so it will not require students to travel to Christchurch. It will however require attendance at the students own hospital or a designated regional venue.  
The process for the exam will follow in the next few days when logistics are confirmed and applications are processed.
The exam structure will consist of the following stations
·1 full machine check
oThe full machine check substitutes the 5 machine stations that covered components of the Level 2 and 3 NZATS national machine checks.
o25 minutes
·1 practical station demonstrating required infection prevention control (IPC) skill.
o7 minutes
·12 written stations.
oThese have been adapted from oral stations and or using existing written stations. 
o96 minutes
The actual modality of these stations will be announce as soon as possible.

CPD announcement: Upper South Island education day cancelled

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions at Burwood Hospital, the Regional meeting and Education day that was to be held on Sautrday 6th November is now unable to go ahead.

Information re: a new date to be announced later (likely early part of 2022).

Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Kathy Campbell – NZATS Upper South Island Regional Rep

Prize winner announcement

NZATS would like to congratulate the following research award winners:

  • Excellence Award for Registered Anaesthetic Technicians
    • Charles Harsono for his submission: Literature review of disposable and reusable products in anaesthesia – A life cycle assessment perspective.
  • Basil Hutchinson Award for Trainee Anaesthetic Technicians
    • Ashlea Hunter for her submission: A historical perspective of the invention and evolution of intraoperative cell salvage.
NZATS would like to congratulate the following New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists Best Anaesthetic Technician Speaker award winners:
  • First Prize – Simon Donald for his presentation: Mr Donald goes Troppo: A technician’s experiences working in the Cook Islands.
  • Second Prize – Michael Smith for his presentation: A degree of change – BHSc in Perioperative Practice (AUT).
  • Third Prize – Charles Harsono for his presentation: The environmental impact of anaesthetic gases.

December Registration Examination

The December registration examination will now go ahead virtually.
The NZATS Executive are working hard to finalise a few details.  We will be in touch with information soon.  
All information will be placed on the NZATS facebook page and in the latest news section on the website.

NZATS virtual AGM invitation

Kia ora,

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Oct 29, 2021 03:30 PM Auckland, Wellington

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.