Anaesthetic Technicians

Also known as: Anaesthetic Technologists, Operating Department Technicians

Aotearoa New Zealand offers a broad range of opportunities for Anaesthetic Technicians in a range of environments from fast-paced metropolitan centres to community-focused healthcare in urban, rural and remote settings.

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Work as an Anaesthetic Technician in New Zealand

One of the best things about living and working in Aotearoa, New Zealand are the opportunities to experience nature, outdoor adventure and vibrant cities so close to where you live and work.

Our population continues to increase, and we are living longer. These two factors are placing increasing demand on health services because of growing patient presentations with multiple pre-existing diseases and conditions (comorbidities) requiring complex surgery and care.

Anaesthetic Technicians are on Tier 1 of New Zealand's Green List which means you are eligible for a fast-tracked Straight to Residence Visa and can apply for New Zealand residency before you arrive, provided you have a job offer from an accredited employer, like us! 

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About the role

An Anaesthetic Technician or Operating Department Practitioner is part of the Allied Health workforce who performs a patient care role predominantly assisting with the administration and monitoring of anaesthesia. They have an extensive knowledge of anaesthesia techniques, instruments, supplies and technology.

Involved with all aspects of the delivery of a patient's perioperative anaesthetic care, they also play a key role in the emergency resuscitation of patients.

You'll find Anaesthetic Technicians in operating theatre suites but can be found in other areas of clinical practice including emergency departments, intensive care units (ICU) and day surgery clinics. 

Benefits and salary range

Salary Range:

  • In New Zealand, the salary and benefits of some roles are determined by collective agreements between unions and employers. 

  • The Anaesthetic Technicians collective agreement can be found on the Health New Zealand website.

Leave Entitlements:

  • Most of our workforce receive a minimum of four (4) weeks annual leave usually working a set 40 hours a week.

  • Additional leave is provided after five (5) years for employees who participate in shift work and on-call.

Required qualifications and experience

To work in Aotearoa, New Zealand you will need to:

Beginning your career:

To become an Anaesthetic Technician, you need to:

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Training and development

Expanded Scopes of Practice:

  • There are two existing expanded Scopes of Practice for Anaesthetic Technicians:
    • Post-Anaesthetic Care
    • Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters.

Anaesthetic Technicians may practice in these areas on the completion of an accredited training pathway and the approval of the Medical Sciences Council. 

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Roles and responsibilities

  • Understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) and implementing the principles  
  • Engaging with local communities for better health outcomes
  • Check and set up life support and anaesthetic machines
  • Inform and reassure patients, and check for conditions that could create problems under anaesthesia
  • Support Anaesthetists place patients' breathing tubes and intravenous lines
  • Support Anaesthetists with the safe delivery of anaesthesia, including local anaesthetics and nerve blocks
  • Assess and monitor patients' vital signs including temperature monitoring and regulation, collection and analysis of patient blood samples
  • Assist with the post-operative care of the patients
  • Insertion of I.V. catheters

Information for Internationally qualified candidates

Internationally qualified candidates include practitioners who hold a United Kingdom-issued qualification in Anaesthetic Technology and:

  • have 3680 hours or more (2 years full-time equivalent) post-qualification relevant specialised anaesthetic technology experience, and
  • are registered and in good standing with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Applicants with less than two years' experience can still apply and be assessed by the Council, which may include a Work Based Assessment in practice. 

All other overseas qualifications are assessed on a case-by-case basis as to whether or not the holder of that qualification meets the registration requirements of the Council. Qualifications will be assessed against a standard set of criteria approved by the Council. Learn more about how to register

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) seeking roles may apply for registration and practice within the boundaries of an Anaesthetic Technician.

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When you apply, you will be redirected to Kiwi Health Jobs, our centralised recruitment portal. The Kiwi Health Jobs team are here to simplify the recruitment process by providing guidance, answering queries and connecting you to the right people in the Districts where you are most interested in working.

Kiwi Health Jobs also advertises a wide range of vacancies across the Health Sector, including vacancies at public, not-for-profit and private employers.

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Watch: Working as an Anaesthetic Technician in New Zealand

Hear from two of our Anaesthetic Technicians about what they love about their job, and the learning opportunities they have working for Health New Zealand.

Webinar: Emigrating to New Zealand for Anaesthetic Technicians

Learn about the four steps to emigration for Anaesthetic Technicians from the New Zealand Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand, Kiwi Health Jobs, Immigration New Zealand, and Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora's Health Immigration Service. 

Natalie, a healthcare professional who relocated from the UK also shares why she thinks New Zealand is such a fantastic place to live and work. 

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