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Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology

Mater Education now offers the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge needed to assist anaesthetists in theatre, across a variety of perioperative healthcare settings. 

This program suits people currently working as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse, registered midwife, or other relevant and qualified healthcare professionals, who would like to develop skills as an anaesthetic technician. 

The course is integrated and delivered onsite within Mater’s own facilities, where you’ll gain clinical placement experience across some of Mater’s exceptional hospitals.

Learning Outcome

Students who successfully complete this course will be awarded a nationally recognised HLT57915 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology qualification.

This program of learning and is targeted at enrolled nurses, registered nurses, registered midwives and other health qualified professionals who are interested in developing anaesthetic technician qualifications.  An anaesthetic technician works as an assistant to the anaesthetist in the anaesthetic - perioperative work environment within a variety of perioperative healthcare settings.

Course Outline

Depending on recognition of prior learning (RPL) and recognition of current competencies, the course may be completed over a 12 month or 18 month period. The qualification consists of 15 core units and two electives, covering topics including:
 
  • preparing clients for anaesthesia
  • responding to anaesthesia related emergencies
  • maintaining quality and supply of anaesthetic equipment and consumables
  • monitoring medications in the anaesthesia environment.
Students undertake a minimum of 80 hours of clinical placement each semester, in theatres across some of Mater’s exceptional hospitals.

17 Units of Competency Required for Completion
15 Units are Core Units (C) and 2 Units are Elective Units of Learning (E)

HCCOM005
Communicate and work in health or community services

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, management and other industry providers. 

This unit applies to a range of health and community service contexts where workers may communicate face-to-face, in writing or using digital media and work with limited responsibility under direct or indirect supervision.

CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
This unit applies to all workers.

CHCPRP003
Reflect on and improve own professional practice

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

This unit applies to workers in all industry sectors who take pro-active responsibility for their own professional development.

HLTAAP003
Analyse and respond to client health information

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse client health information and then to plan appropriate health services within scope of own role. It requires an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

This unit applies to individuals who plan and provide services with some level of autonomy. Some disciplines will require a state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.

HLTAID001
Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines.
This unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide CPR, in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.

HLTANA001
Prepare clients for anaesthesia

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to complete specific client related preparation tasks. It includes client preparation and transfer, the attachment and detachment of equipment and positioning the client for different procedures.

The unit applies to anaesthetic technicians working under the direction of, and in consultation with, an anaesthetist in any hospital or day surgery setting.

HLTANA002
Monitor clients during anaesthesia

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to observe and monitor clients, taking a broad range of clinical tests and measurements.

The unit applies to anaesthetic technicians working under the direction of, and in consultation with, an anaesthetist in any hospital or day surgery setting.

HLTANA003
Assist with airway management

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required provide assistance to the anaesthetist in airway management during anaesthesia and resuscitation, including difficult and emergency airways.

The unit applies to anaesthetic technicians working under the direction of, and in consultation with, an anaesthetist, in any hospital or day surgery setting.

HLTANA004
Respond to anaesthesia related emergencies

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise signs of client deterioration that pose an immediate threat to life and respond appropriately, including the preparation of drugs used in emergency situations.

This unit applies to anaesthetic technicians working under the direction of, and in consultation with, an anaesthetist/medical officer in any hospital or day surgery setting.

HLTANA005
Maintain quality and supply of anaesthetic equipment and consumables

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to check functioning of equipment, implement routine and planned equipment maintenance, and maintain the supply of anaesthetic supplies. It also covers the evaluation of new equipment.

The unit applies to anaesthetic technicians working in any hospital or day surgery setting.

HLTANA006
Assist with clinical procedures used in anaesthesia 

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare for anaesthesia for a range of surgical specialities, and provide assistance to the anaesthetist during regional anaesthesia, invasive monitoring and other anaesthetic related procedures. It includes the ability to prepare and monitor both client and equipment during the procedure.

This unit applies to anaesthetic technicians working under the direction of, and in consultation with, an anaesthetist in any hospital or day surgery setting.

HLTANA007
Monitor medications in the anaesthetic environment

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to access and prepare medications, fluids, blood and blood products prescribed by the anaesthetist, to monitor client responses.

The unit applies to anaesthetic technicians working under the direction of, and in consultation with, an anaesthetist in any hospital or day surgery setting.

HLTINF001
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.

This unit applies to individuals working in health and direct client care contexts.

HLTWHS003
Maintain work health and safety

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and work practices as part of a small work team.
 
This unit applies to workers who have a key role in maintaining WHS in an organisation, including duty of care for other workers.

BSBMED301
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

This unit applies to individuals who are skilled operators and apply a broad range of competencies in various medical administration contexts. They may exercise discretion and judgment using appropriate knowledge to provide technical advice and support to a team.

Elective Units of Competency

CHCDIV002
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.

This unit applies to people working in a broad range of roles including those involved in direct client service, program planning, development and evaluation contexts.

CHCLEG001
Work legally and ethically


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.

This unit applies to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities.

Duration and dates

The duration of the course may be different for each student and can be 12 or 18 months depending on how much recognition of prior learning or current competencies the student can evidence. The next course starts in February 2017. The dates for placement vary according to availability. 

Placement is generally toward the end of every semester (May/June and November/December).

Cost

An initial review of recognition of prior learning (RPL) and current competencies is $150.00. This will be refunded on acceptance into the program and payment of relevant fees. The schedule of fees for January to July is available for download.

Depending on the outcome of the initial RPL review the following course fees apply for the February 2017 intake:
  • $11 970 (12 month program)
  • $14 750 (18 month program)

The HLT57915 Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology qualification is not an approved course under the VET Student Loan Act 2016. Payment plan options can be discussed at interview.

Clinical placement

Students complete practical placement within the clinical perioperative environment.  Every semester of learning requires placement in the perioperative environment and this will be planned in discussion with the student . 

It includes a minimum of 80 hours of full-time (Monday – Friday) placement and is supported by Mater Health.

Entry requirements and how to apply

This course is only open to currently registered and practicing clinicians; it’s most popular with enrolled nurses, registered nurses, registered midwives and other health professionals with an interest in working as anaesthetic technician.

The application process includes a recognition of prior learning (RPL) and recognition of current competencies process, which is outlined in the Candidate Information and Application Forms booklet available on request and payment of the $150 RPL fee.

To register your interest in the course, complete the form below and a member of our Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology team will contact you.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit transfers are offered to eligible students who have successfully completed a Diploma of Nursing program, Bachelor of Nursing/Midwifery or other similar healthcare qualifications. Gap training may be required to ensure you meet all qualification requirements.

Information on the RPL process and tips to help you prepare are in the Candidate Information and Application Forms booklet, which will be provided on request and payment of the $150 RPL fee.

Computer requirements

Mater Education uses a range of teaching and learning methods, including online learning. You can access this information using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

If you’d prefer to access a computer onsite, Mater has:
  • 45 dedicated computers available onsite at the UQ/Mater McAuley Library
  • designated computer training rooms
  • student computers

All of these computers have high-speed Internet connections. Mater Education also has Wi-Fi accessibility in case you’d like to study onsite using your own devices.

The Mater Online Virtual Education System (MoVES) is our online learning platform, which provides both onsite and remote access to study and assessment guides, lecture notes and online assessment. 

Withdrawal from the program

Students that have enrolled in a program of study are required to submit a formal, written notification of their intention to withdraw from the program by completing Mater Education’s Withdrawal Form.

Where students have been provided with uniforms, identification cards, and/or loan equipment or books these items must be returned to Mater Education. Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology students are also required to complete a clearance form as part of the withdrawal process.

Mater Education reserves the right to charge a student withdrawing from a course a fee for any item that has not been returned.

Students will not receive acknowledgement of their study e.g. statement of attainment unless all fees have been paid in full and all Mater resources provided to the student e.g. uniforms or text books are returned in good order.