Diploma of Paramedical Science (Anaesthesia)

This qualification covers workers who provide assistance to anaesthetists with the safe operation of equipment during induction, maintenance and completion of anaesthesia.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Anaesthetic or anaesthesia technician

Anaesthetic paramedical officer



18 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

14 core units

4 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages

Core units

add topic HLTAN401D Prepare the anaesthetic environment

add topic HLTAN402D Prepare and assist with the preparation of the client for anaesthesia

add topic HLTAN403D Provide assistance during induction and maintenance of anaesthesia

add topic HLTAN404D Provide assistance during emergence phase of anaesthesia

add topic HLTAN405D Provide assistance during an emergency

add topic HLTAN506D Provide advanced care and maintenance of anaesthetic equipment

add topic HLTAN507D Provide assistance in anaesthetic related procedures

add topic HLTAN509B Monitor medications in the anaesthetic environment

add topic HLTAN510C Use advanced health terminology in a professional context

add topic HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

add topic HLTAP501C Analyse health information (Note pre-requ: HLTAP401B )

add topic HLTHIR301C Communicate and work effectively in health

add topic HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

add topic HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

Group A electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with the specified Packaging Rules. The following sample electives may facilitate selection. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

add topic BSBCUS301B Deliver and monitor a service to customers

add topic BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBINM301A Organise workplace information

add topic BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBMKG413A Promote products and services

add topic BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information

add topic BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic BSBWOR301B Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness

add topic BSBWOR404B Develop work priorities

add topic CHCCS427A Facilitate adult learning and development

add topic HLTIN302C Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work

(Note pre-requ: add topic HLTIN301C )

add topic HLTTH303D Identify and move to maintain a sterile field

(Note pre-requ: add topic HLTIN301C )

add topic TAEASS301B Contribute to assessment

add topic TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries