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Postal address:
ASAPO Secretary
PO Box 656
Lavington NSW 2641

Phone: 61 (0)2 6108 3616

The ASAPO Committee

Ray Murtagh

Vice President and Working Party Chair
Vicki Swaine
Annie Elder

Abdul Rahman

Abdul Rahman

Shane Guy

Public Relations
Sharon Wyllie (interim)

Education Officer
Barbara Cathcart
NSW Representative
Position vacant
QLD Representative
Tanya Murray
NT Representative
Position vacant
NZ Representative
Angela Dewhirst


VIC Representatives
Andy Schermuly
Matthew Stockton
 Andy Schermuly

The History of ASAPO

A Brief Overview

ASAPO was conceptualised in 1994 as the Australasian Society of Anaesthesia Technicians (ASAT) when a steering committee representing all regions was formed. The final governing authority came about in 1999 in Perth where there was consensus from all regions resulting in the signing of a common Constitution. All regions work from their own Constitution but have agreed to abide by the Code of Ethics as published by the Society. All regions have similar aims and objectives. ASAPO consists of all members from each region and currently has twelve members acting as the Management Committee (above). The Executive consists of two members from each region with an additional committee member endorsed as the Registrar of the Society. The regions are Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and New Zealand.

The successes of ASAPO are a reflection of the commitment of the original steering committee that convened the first meeting and created the concept of ASAT, now known as ASAPO.

In recent times the Society has undertaken the mammoth task of obtaining information from each region about:

  • the number of members
  • the qualifications accepted
  • who has undertaken training
  • what courses are available, and
  • The development of nationally recognised training through the Health Training Package.

This has been the most expansive and thorough study to date in Australia to ascertain the depth and breadth of qualified "Assistants to the Anaesthetists".

In November 2002 the Society changed its name to reflect the dynamic changes occurring in our profession.
Where to from here?
ASAPO will continue to develop the national course and postgraduate courses for both technicians and assistants.

Work is underway in the establishment of a technicians' and assistants' Voluntary Registration process to protect the patients we care for. We will continue to work with all disciplines in the development of our profession.

Code of Ethics

All members of the Society are required to abide by the following Code of Ethics which has been promulgated not only for the benefit of the members, but also for the protection of the patient.

  • Carry out duties with skill, care and judgment in such a way as to promote and protect the rights and wellbeing of the patient.
  • Confidentiality for the patient shall be respected and maintained at all times.
  • Be aware of the value for all professional persons associated with the provision of patient care.
  • Recognise any limitations of competence and never undertake delegated tasks without first receiving instruction, which will facilitate the duties to be carried out in a professional and capable manner.
  • Endeavour to achieve and maintain a high standard of knowledge and to impart such knowledge to fellow members.
  • Afford and maintain a high standard of care to patients suffering ill health due to communicable disease, in accordance with local policy.

Code of Conduct

Click here to open a copy of the ASAPO Code of Conduct.

ASAPO Constitution

Click here to open a copy of the ASAPO Constitution.

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