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DHB Anaesthetic Assistant Workforce 2019

A workforce survey completed by TAS on behalf of  the HB Workforce Strategy Group, of which the MOH Workforce Directorate are members, was completed and can be found here.

Mid Year T&D meeting agenda

If you’re looking for the agenda to the Mid Year Training and Development meeting being held in Wellington on Saturday 27 July, you’ll find it here.

Abstracts open for the 2019 NZATS Conference

Please find the abstract submission form here.  The 2019 Conference Organising Committee look forward to receiving your submission.

Mid Year Training and Development Meeting

This is to be held at Wellington Hospital on Saturday 27 July from 10:00-15:00.

An agenda will follow shortly.

Please RSVP to including dietary requirements.

Registration Examination scheduling

In response to feedback from exam candidates, educators and charge technicians NZATS has been granted permission by the Medical Sciences Council to move the October registration exam to December.

This will give the trainees a chance to gain registration shortly after finalising their AUT papers.

It will also mean that any unsuccessful candidates would only have to wait untill March to re-sit.

Although the overwhelming majority of respondents were in favour of the move to December there were some who argued they needed more time after the final AUT exam to prepare for the registration exam. For these candidates nothing has changed as they will still be able to sit their exam in March.

Some suggested moving the March exam forward to February or even January. Unfortunately, this is not an option due to this being the holiday season.

Our examiners are all volunteers and many of them want to spend the summer months with family and friends. For our candidates this exam is, usually, a one-off but for our examiners this is a yearly recurring event. We can not expect them to plan their summer activities around a 3-day exam.

The December exam will be held in the first half of the month to allow time to prepare for the festive season afterwards.  Hopefully this explains the move to December.

MSC has also approved a one-off mid year examination so as not to disadvantage those candidates that were unsuccessful at the March Registration Examination.  This is open to any eligible Trainee Anaesthetic Technician. This is to be held in Christchurch on Saturday June 22.

In summary, going forward the Registration Examination will be held in the first half of December followed by the first half of March.

Carlus Dovens

NZATS Registration Exam Coordinator


CPD opportunity – Definitive Anaesthetic Assistants in Trauma Care Course

All Registered Anaesthetic Technicians with a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience are invited to attend the Definitive Anaesthetic Assistants in Trauma Care Course.  This is an international course with world renowed trauma specialists attending as faculty.

This course aims to foster teamwork and collaboration in the multidisciplinary care of the surgical trauma patient. The theory components of the program and hands-on operative laboratory willgive you increased confidence in dealing with difficult trauma situations. The course is a unique opportunity for perioperative staff to train together and focus on both the technical and non-technical skills required to care for critically ill trauma patients.

March 2019 Registration Examination Results

The successful candidates from the March 10 exam are candidate numbers:

#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #21, #22, #24, #25, #27, #28, #29, #30, #31, #32, #33, #34, #35, #37, #38, and #39.

The Top Candidate was #28. Well done.

Congratulations to all of the successful candidates.

National AT Day resources

We are excited to share with you the following resources for the inaugural National Anaesthetic Technician Day which we will be celebrating on 12 March in conjunction with our Australian colleagues.  We feel it is crucial to share our role with the public both so that patients have an understanding of who is caring for them and to encourage people into the profession.  The flyer for the day can be found here.

It would be fantastic if you would initiate celebrations in your workplace or hospital, perhaps even get your management in support and have a display stand in a public area.  Please do not feel you have to use all of the posters, but choose some that fit with the work you’re proud of doing in your workplace.

These posters are printable up to size A2.  During your celebrations, it would be great if you shared photos to the NZATS Facebook page.

RACP Congress 2019

RACP Congress 2019 is being held at the Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand from Monday, 6 May to Wednesday, 8 May 2019.

This year RACP Congress will focus on how a holistic approach to healthcare has a more positive impact on patient health. With an emphasis on integrated care and the importance of multi-disciplinary teams, RACP Congress is a great opportunity for members to engage with medical professionals from Australasia representing a diverse range of specialties.

With a focus on Impacting health along the life course, RACP Congress 2019 takes an in-depth look at the range of ways physicians impact patients’ lives, from paediatrics to palliative care and how a patient’s life course – including their life experiences and social roles – influences their health.

Key topics for 2019 include:

  • Life course theory ‘How do we impact health along the life course?’
  • Obesity: rising to the challenge
  • First 1000 days and non-communicable diseases
  • Medically unexplained symptoms master class
  • Mental health and addiction of patients
  • Chronic disease and integrated care

To view the program and to register visit the Congress website.

Whangarei Symposium video invitation

For more information please see the event page.