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ASAPO
ASAPO (Australasian Society Of Anaesthesia Paramedical Officers RECOMMENDED
PO Box 8155
Woolloongabba QLD 4102
www.asapo.org.au
Application Fees for ASAPO:
$50 for membership
$50 per application
$50 renewal

Operating Department Practitioners who have trained and are currently working in the UK are able to register and work as Anaesthetic Technicians in most states of Australia, except for South Australia. At this point in time, it is NOT compulsory to register with ASAPO, But HCI always suggest to do so for professional protection/liability issues.

You will be required to produce the following:

  • CERTIFIED COPIES OF ALL YOUR DOCUMENTATION Signed by a Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, or a Lawyer, and they need to have an official seal or stamp.
  • Your completed Registration form.
  • Evidence of your Qualifications.
  • Evidence of your Work History.
  • The appropriate page of your Passport with your photo ID.
  • Three references (one from a Consultant Anaesthetist, and we need to be able to contact this person, so require a contact e-mail address.)
  • Verification from HPC Office of your registration.
  • H.P.C. (Health Professions Council) Certificate.
  • You are required to have the minimum of 2 years experience in Anaesthesia, post Qualification (A referee to verify this, and we need to be able to contact this person).

ASAPO President's Report — October 2008. (taken from the ASAPO website DEC 08)

I would like to introduce myself. My name is John Byrne and I am Acting ASAPO President. With regards to my background, I have been in the health industry for 28 years. My experience has been in the public, private and corporate sectors where I worked as a National Sales and Marketing manager for a monitoring company. I am currently a Senior Anaesthesia Paramedical Officer and Clinical Educator at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria.

I have an extensive history with ASAPO/ ASAT where I held the position of Public Relations Officer. I was also part of a small dedicated team that pushed through the National Training Programme currently in use.

I have been on a fact finding mission on the health of ASAPO and the progress that is being made in the National Health Care system by all of us as a professional group. Overall the news is mixed in relation to myfindings.

First the good news, ASAPO is still moving forward, though not as fast as I would like. Nevertheless there is a lot of behind the scenes work done by the committee and non-committee members:

  • Working towards national registration which begins in 2010
  • Additions to the National Training Program
  • Developing positions for additional students.
  • Developing relationships with state and federal health bodies.
  • Openly debating the future of health care work in Australia with Perioperative Nursing groups
  • Holding conferences and education days.
  • Lobbying for changes to drug laws in Queensland.
  • Further developing a professional profile within the OR.

Now for the bad news! Actually, the bad news is not so bad; it's really the same problems affecting any professional body such as ours that does not employ full time or part time administrative staff to work on its behalf. A small group of members do a large amount of work. This is nothing new in any organisation; my main concern is to lessen the burden on committee members. Therefore I will be investigating ways to improve ASAPO structure, e.g. employ a part time secretary that takes care of registration. If members have any suggestions they are more than welcome to email me on: johnbyrne1111@msn.com

National Registration of Anaesthesia Technologists is something that all of us as a group have been skirting for many years. Registration should be an ASAPO priority. Registration of Anaesthesia Paramedical Offices is technically difficult, although it has been made easier by the Government Task Force set up to regulate unregulated health care groups. There is a tough criterion set that groups such as ours are liable for national registration. Perfusionists recently were declined because they did not fit the criteria.

The Health Workforce Australia is not looking at registration of Anaesthesia technologists till 2010. I think the best strategy is to convene a national working committee. ASAPO should also assign a non committee member from each state with a sole purpose to work on the criteria set by the government.

The criterion is also on going professional development, it's not something that is finished tomorrow. It is what we all do as individuals professionally that will lead us down the path to registration.

Nothing gets done if we just think about it; we need to do as well. We already have the National Training Package set in place which was an enormous and successful political battle. So we can achieve great things.

John Byrne/Acting ASAPO President

AUSTRALIAN PR0FESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS FOR ANAESTHETIC TECHNICIANS:

The Australasian Society of Anaesthesia Paramedical Officers
www.asapo.org.au

Immigration requirements for Australia:

AUSTRALIAN Immigration: Website: www.immi.gov.au
UK AUS High Commission:
Australian High Commission
Strand
London WC2B 4LA
(corner of the Aldwych and the Strand.)
Nearest Tube station: Temple
Tel: 020 7379 4334/ Fax: 020 7240 5333

VISAS:

457 Business Sponsorship Permit:
Once your Work Permit has expired, and you want to stay longer, you can work towards your Residency whilst on a 457 Business Sponsorship Visa. You need to present a job offer from your Australian employer and your current Australian registration. By holding this visa you must be employed by your sponsor on a permanent full time basis, and you are restricted to work for your sponsor only during the visa period.

Permanent Residency:
Permanent Residency (PR) allows you to reside and work in Australia indefinitely. This is if you have decided that you want to relocate permanently to Australia and now longer wish to return to your country of origin.

You will need to:

  • Complete an expression of interest form which is based on a points system (most Healthcare professionals score high on points due to their qualifications and experience)
  • You will need a job offer from a Australian employer
  • Have a CXR and Medical performed.
  • The submit your application for formal residency.

Working Holiday Visas:
These Visas are for people aged between 18-30 years who are looking to work and travel around Australia for a year. These are ideally for the use of those wishing to work to support their travel and only for a short term basis.


New Zealand

OPERATING DEPARTMENT PRACTITIONER/ANAESTHETIC TECHNICIAN

NZATS
The New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians' Society Inc
PO Box 10691, Wellington South
New Zealand Website: www.nzats.co.nz
Email: info@nzats.co.nz/
registrar@nzats.co.nz
Processing Fee: NZ$300
Annual Fee: NZ$100
Completed Application forms to be sent to:
The Registrar, NZATS
PO Box 10691
Wellington South
New Zealand
e-mail: registrar@nzats.co.nz

Operating Department Practitioners who have trained and are currently working in the UK are able to register and work as Anaesthetic Technicians throughout New Zealand.

You will be required to produce the following:

CERTIFIED COPIES OF ALL YOUR DOCUMENTATION Signed by a Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, or a Lawyer, and they need to have an official seal or stamp.

Your completed Registration form.

Evidence of your Qualifications.

Evidence of your Work History. You are required to have the minimum of 2 years experience in Anaesthesia, post Qualification (A referee to verify this, and we need to be able to contact this person).

The appropriate page of your Passport with your photo ID.

Three references (one from a Consultant Anaesthetist, and we need to be able to contact this person, so require a contact e-mail address.)

Verification from HPC Office of your registration.

H.P.C. (Health Professions Council) Certificate.

NZ $300:00 Processing fee (a NZ money order)

NZ $100:00 Certificate of Registration fee (a NZ money order)

NZ PR0FESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS FOR HEALTHCARE STAFF:

NZNO: New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is the largest union and professional organisation of nurses, midwives and caregivers in New Zealand.

Physical address
Level 3, Willbank Court
57 Willis Street, Wellington 6011
Postal address
P O Box 2128, Wellington 6140
Phone:+64 4 499 9533
Fax: +64 4 382-9993
Free phone: 0800 28 38 48
Email: www.nzno.org.nz

ASMS : ASSOCIATION OF SALARIED MEDICAL SPECIALISTS

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association
and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.
PO Box 10763
Wellington 6143
New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 499 1271
Fax: +64 4 499 4500
Website: www.asms.org.nz

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