The recognised minimum qualifications here in Western Australia are:

  • Royal Perth Hospital, Hospital Based Diploma. Western Australia.

  • Associate Diploma of Health - Anaesthetia and Operating Theatre Technician. Western Australia.

  • Certificate IV - Medical Technicians  -  Anaesthetics. Western Australia.

  • Associate Diploma of Health - Anaesthetia and Operating Theatre Technician. Victoria.

  • Queensland University of Technology, Hospital Based Diploma - Anaesthetics. Queensland.

  • Australian Society of Anaesthetic and Operating Theatre Technicians - Certificate. New South Wales.

  • Operating Theatre Technicians Certificate. Australian Defence Forces. For Ordinary Membership to the Society the applicant must provide proof of three years full time experience post graduation.

  • The British ODA and CODP qualification.

  • NZ Diploma Course, Degree soon to be available. There are also other qualifications which may be accepted providing a certain level of expertise in core areas has been obtained. This applies to some nurses with anaesthetic experience and armed forces personnel. You would need to apply to the hospital you are seeking to work at with an expression of interest and addressed to the senior technician/manager in charge. Copies of your qualifications should be made and only provided if requested as a formal interview would be necessary should a vacancy be available. Alternatively you can approach ASAPO and request a comparison of your qualifications for employment purposes.

There are usually no difficulties getting employment at the major public hospitals in Perth as vacancies come up at fairly regular intervals.

Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology

Course ID: AWM7 (National ID: HLT57915)
Click here to view the course online at the Central TAFE website
Venue: Mt Lawley Campus, corner of Harold and Lord Streets, Mount Lawley
Duration: 12 months full time, over 3 days a week with 8 weeks full time placement.

This qualification will equip you to cover all roles required as an anaesthetia technician, from ordering equipment and supplies and setting up workstations to preparing patients for anaesthesia and then monitoring them during and after surgery.

​You are likely to be exposed to a wide range of surgeries with differing needs as well as to unexpected occurrences and allergic reactions requiring you to think and act quickly.  ​​​​​​​​​

You could start on your career as an anaesthetia technician or anaesthetic paramedical officer once you have completed this Diploma or continue with further studies in health, paramedical or biomedical sciences at university.

​Full time delivery of this course is run over 3 days per week while part time is run on 1 day per week, plus an 8 we​ek full time placement.

Skills you will gain

​You'll be equipped to assist in every step of anaesthetic procedures including:

  • ordering and maintaining essential supplies
  • setting up workstations and associated equipment
  • preparing patients for anaesthesia
  • monitoring patients during and after anaesthesia​
  • readiness for unexpected events and allergic reactions where you will need to think and respond quickly​

​​Industry relevancy

The Diploma qualification is a very practical, hands on course, delivered in face to face classroom format as well as in the simulated anaesthetic lab. The course includes an 8 week full time clinical placement in a hospital or clinic, organised by North Metro. 

Your placement rotation could be at one of the following:

​​Armadale Kelmscott Memorial Hospital ​Mount Lawley Private Hospital
​Attadale Hospital ​Murdoch Surgicentre
​Bentley Hospital ​Osborne Park Hospital
​Bethesda Hospital ​Peel Health Campus
​Bunbury Primary Health Service ​Perth Surgicentre
​Cambridge Private Hospital ​Rockingham/Kwinana District Hospital
​Fremantle Hospital and Health Services ​Royal Perth Hospital
​Glengarry Hospital St John of God Midland
​Joondalup Health Campus ​​St John of God Mount Lawley​
​Kalamunda District Community Hospital ​St John of God Murdoch
​Kaleeya Hospital ​St John of God Subiaco
​Mount Hospital Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital