Anaesthetist Kairehu

Anaesthetists give anaesthesia (gas or injections to prevent pain) during surgery and other procedures. They assess patients and resuscitate them if necessary.

Anaesthetists need to be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Anaesthetists may do some or all of the following:

  • assess and treat patients before, during and after an operation, and plan their pain management
  • talk to other medical specialists about patients' treatments
  • decide on and administer anaesthesia (gas or injections to prevent pain) to patients
  • monitor patients' vital signs (such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and breathing)
  • resuscitate (revive) patients 
  • record details of drugs they give to patients
  • teach medical staff and students about anaesthesia practice
  • carry out research on new drugs and treatments.

Physical Requirements

Anaesthetists need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) and good hand-eye co-ordination.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for anaesthetists includes:

  • working with the Red Cross or St John's Ambulance
  • working in hospitals or other health-related work.

Personal Qualities

Anaesthetists need to be:

  • accurate and careful, with an eye for detail
  • able to work well under pressure
  • good at communicating and inspiring confidence in others
  • excellent at analysis and interpretation
  • able to make good decisions, and solve problems
  • aware of attitudes to medical treatment in different cultures
  • able to work with other health care practitioners including nurses, surgeons, anaesthetic technicians and midwives.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for anaesthetists includes:

  • working with the Red Cross or St John's Ambulance
  • working in hospitals or other health-related work.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include NCEA Level 3 biology, chemistry, maths, physics, English and te reo Māori.

Anaesthetists can earn around $72K-$124K per year per year.

Anaesthetists may progress to teach students and trainee anaesthetists at larger hospitals, or work in research and academic areas. They may also become senior consultants with responsibility for anaesthesia departments at hospitals.

Anaesthetists may specialise in areas such as:

  • cardiac anaesthesia (during heart and lung surgery)
  • obstetric anaesthesia (during childbirth)
  • paediatric anaesthesia (for children)
  • intensive care medicine
  • pain medicine and related areas such as hyperbaric medicine (therapy that uses pure oxygen).
Anaesthetist

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