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MSC CPD advice re COVID-19

This information is directly from the Medical Sciences Council website.

CPD Advice

3 April 2020:


The Council has received a number of queries from practitioners who are concerned about meeting their CPD requirements during this time of health services being focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

The Council expects that practitioners will have already completed their CPD activities for the 2019-2020 year and so those called for an audit should have their CPD information to-hand.  However we will be extending the timing of the 2020 audit:

The audit for MLTs, MLPATs and ATs that was scheduled for April will be deferred until later in 2020.  The date will be decided once we have more clarity about the national lockdown and its likely time span.

CPD requirements for 2020-2021 will be considered separately once we have a better understanding of the effect of the pandemic on practitioners.  We expect this may take some months.

December Registration Examination

In light of the current pandemic at this stage we have not set a date for the December registration examination.

We will be making a decision at the August Executive meeting.

MSC Accredited Training Hospitals

In December 2019,  accreditation of Bay of Plenty DHB and Hawkes Bay DHB was in progress.

MSC have announced that accreditation has been granted for both Bay of Plenty DHB and Hawkes Bay DHB.  However, please note that Bay of Plenty DHB proceeded with the accreditation of Tauranga Hospital only (not Tauranga Hospital and Whakatane Hospital).

MSC accredited Training Hospitals April 2020

Notice from Pharmac regarding propofol use

2020-04-22 Memo to interested parties regarding propofol supply

Further diploma intake in 2021

Announcement from the Medical Sciences Council Tuesday 14 April:

In light of the disruptive impact of COVID-19 for education providers, Peter Larmer from AUT has advised that there will be a further intake into the AT diploma programme for anaesthetic technicians in 2021.

NZATS presentation on COVID-19

Please find the presentation distributed to members for download here.


NZATS presentation on COVID-19

Employment opportunity: Head of Department/Programme Leader – Anaesthetic Technology

If you wish to be involved in the the development of the Anaesthetic Technician academic program please check out the job advertisement here.


Head of Department/Programme Leader – Anaesthetic Technology

Part-time permanent position (0.5 FTE)

The School of Clinical Sciences at AUT University seeks a part-time permanent (0.5FTE) Head of Department/Programme Leader for the Department of Anaesthetic Technology which will be situated at the AUT South campus in Manukau.

The successful applicant in this role will assist in the development of a Department of Anaesthetic Technology and will be expected to make senior contributions to its academic programme development, emerging research capacity and linkages with relevant health agencies. Leadership of the new department is an important component of this position. The appointee will be experienced in Anaesthetic Technology practice and have an understanding of academia. The department offers scope to further development of programmes and research projects.

In addition to teaching, the appointee will be encouraged to conduct research in their own area and to work with other researchers active within the School of Clinical Sciences and the wider university.

This role reports to the Head of School of Clinical Sciences and will be a key contributor to the development of the new degree programme in BHSc Anaesthetic Technology, ensuring delivery and implementation of the programme curriculum.

Applicants must submit their CV as well as a cover letter, addressing the following key selection criteria: –

  1. Formal qualifications as outlined in person specification
  2. Experience in teaching and research in Anaesthetic Technology
  3. Ability to analyse and evaluate information, to think critically and exercise sound judgement in problem solving
  4. Able to initiate and manage change and demonstrate leadership capabilities

This position presents an opportunity to join a friendly and innovative team at AUT’s South campus in Manukau.

Ref: 70820

Closing Date: April 7th 2020                       

NZATS Open Forum postponement

The difficult decision has been made to postpone the NZATS Open Forum originally organised for this Friday. While there is no official directive for domestic travel we feel that it would be irresponsible professionally for this event to take place in the current situation.

We apologies for any inconvenience, but everyone’s safety is paramount.

We will announce a rescheduled date once the situation has settled down.

Conference scholarship for Trainee Anaesthetic Technicians

NZATS in collaboration with Braemar Charitable Trust are delighted to announce a new scholarship for Trainee Anaesthetic Technicians.  If you wish to download a poster you can click here.

Braemar Scholarship-3