New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) – Level 1, Central House, 26 Brandon Street, Wellington 6011
04 494 0124 |

New consultation

The Medical Sciences Council (MSC) is reviewing the Anaesthetic Technician Scope of Practice to ensure it continues to be fit-for-purpose. It is proposed that the current scope definition for ATs is too narrow and limits their role in the theatre environment.  Proposed changes, including changing the role title to perioperative practitioner, aim to improve patient outcomes by developing a more flexible, multi-skilled role which includes a wide range of perioperative services. MSC says that with imminent changes to the qualification programme for ATs, it is an opportune time to build on and extend the competencies of graduates.

The NZSA has been part of the stakeholder group involved in discussions with MSC since 2016, to identify the issues for the practice of anaesthetic technology now and into the future. The NZSA is developing its submission and would like to hear from members by 1 December to help inform its response. The two MSC consultation documents can be read here: A Review of the Anaesthetic Technicians Scope of Practice and Competence Standards for Perioperative Practitioners in NZ. Please email Daphne Atkinson at
MSC has developed a survey which can be completed here.