Operating theatre technicians prepare and maintain operating theatres and equipment, and assist surgical and anaesthetic teams during operations.
To become an operating theatre technician you usually have to complete a VET qualification in health services assistance. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an operating theatre technician through a traineeship in Health Services Assistance. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Operating theatre technicians may perform the following tasks:
Operating theatre technicians usually work closely within a team in a restricted physical environment.
Operating theatre technicians work in hospital or healthcare settings. Some work in day surgeries, endoscopy clinics and eye surgeries. With experience and further training, operating theatre technicians may progress to higher graded roles.