Becoming an Operating Theatre Technician
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Becoming an Operating Theatre Technician

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Prepares and maintains an operating theatre and its equipment, assists the surgical team during operations and provides support to patients in the recovery room.
Training time 1 year
Avg. weekly wage $1,155
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 1,500

How do I become an Operating Theatre Technician in Victoria?

To work as an Operating Theatre Technician in Victoria, you'll need:
    • A Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
    • A Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Technical Support
    • Healthcare Workers Schedule A immunisations

    Recommended

    • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
    • Good communication and English language skills
    • Current police check
    • Working with children licence

What does an Operating Theatre Technician do?

  • Operates equipment used in diagnosing and monitoring disorders of the heart, kidneys, nervous system and hearing, and in anaesthesia
  • Undertakes and assists with medical analytical procedures and assisting Anaesthetists and surgical teams
  • Records the electrical activity of the heart, from which the heart rate is measured and pattern and rhythm interpreted
  • Takes, collects and labels blood, urine and other samples from patients
  • Prepares and stains slides and tissue sections for blood and histological examination
  • Performs diagnostic tests on tissues and body fluids and analyses the chemical constituents of blood, urine, faeces and tissues
  • Tests for diseases by looking for the presence of antibodies and the products of immune response in samples
  • Sets up, checks and maintains operating theatres, anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associated equipment

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