WHO ARE THE AOTP?
The Association of Operating Theatre Practitioners (Inc.) is your LOCAL, (Perth-based) Western Australian Association, supporting local anaesthetia technicians, assistants to the anaesthetist and anaesthetic nurses.
The AOTP was formerly known as the WA Society of Anaesthesia Technicians (WASAT), and has been around since 1972; the name change came about in 2009, to more truly represent the changing face of the assistant to the anaesthetist, and to allow for a more diverse membership base. Membership is open to any health professional who has an interest in anaesthesia, and who wishes to expand their skills and knowledge through attendance at study days, conferences and skills workshops.
These events are provided free or at very low cost to AOTP members and are a great way to network. The AOTP also arrange to have medical companies at these events, who supply equipment for our members to try, answer questions and often these companies participate in skills workshops for our members to get 'hands-on' practice, in a relaxed and friendly environment.
CHANGE IS COMING!
Hi all, we recently had an education day at Bunbury which was very successful, as the temperature outside was 38 degrees +, it was a great air-conditioned place to be!!
CPD will become more important in the future and you should ensure you have a portfolio with your attendance at education sessions included in it. Again for the future, we will try and put something on our website for our members giving guidance on putting your portfolio together for your performance appraisals.
Central Tafe has now included a simulated lab for the Trainee Anaesthetic Technicians to get the real feel for the operating room atmosphere. It is a space on campus dedicated to group training activities that imitate or simulate techniques, procedures, or situations that students will see and experience in the future.
The objective of the simulation room sessions is to complement knowledge acquired in the classroom through simulated actions where students rehearse procedures and situations before having to perform them in real life situations.
<-- Click the thumbnail to see a larger image of Central TAFE's simulated lab.