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Assist anaesthetists and are responsible for a wide range of technology used for anaesthetic procedures within operating theatres and clinics.
During heart surgery, blood is detoured outside the body though a machine in order to bypass the heart, allowing surgery to proceed. The Perfusionist is the person who monitors and controls the flow of blood through this machine.
Clinical Engineers and Technicians (also known as Biomedical Engineers and Technicians)
Maintain complex mechanical and electronic medical equipment in hospitals and other health sector institutes. May also make, modify or repair specialised clinical accessories, surgical instruments and surgical implants.
Physiologists use a variety of technical equipment to monitor, record, measure and analyse the way patients’ respiratory, neurological or cardiac systems are working to help doctors diagnose and treat patients.
Dental Therapists and Technicians
Dental technicians create and repair devices for the treatment, replacement and protection of damaged, badly positioned or missing teeth. Clinical Dental Technicians also fit complete removable dentures and fit some other types of removable dentures and oral and extra-oral appliances under specific conditions.
Dental Therapists provide children and adolescents with routine dental care. They may refer clients to dentists for more specialised dental treatment.
Specialise in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programmes for the prevention, management and rehabilitation of chronic conditions and diseases, and injuries.
Work with individuals, couples and families to provide risk assessment, genetic information and support for families with, or at risk of, a genetic disorder.
Laboratory Scientists, Scientific Officers and Technicians
Medical laboratory scientists work in a team with pathologists and carry out laboratory tests on blood, tissues and other samples taken from patients. Medical laboratory technicians help scientists and pathologists take samples, run tests, and complete other duties involved in the operation of a diagnostic medical laboratory. Cytogenetic scientists work within the genetics laboratory.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
Magnetic resonance Imaging technologists produce high quality diagnostic images using a powerful magnetic field. They are responsible for the outcome of the MRI examination.
Mammographers are medical radiation technologists who use a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breasts to aid in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast diseases in women.
Medical photography is the production of images that truthfully record injuries and diseases, as well as documenting the progress of operations and medical procedures.
Look after the technical aspects of treating patients using radiation equipment, which includes overseeing the equipment used, performing quality assessments and monitoring radiation output, treatment planning and the development of new techniques.
Medical Radiation Technologists and Technicians
Medical radiation technologists use x-ray and other imaging equipment to take images of people’s injuries and possible diseases.
Assist with post-mortem examinations, including forensic post-mortems, under the direction of the pathologist. They are responsible for collecting and despatching samples for toxicology testing. They are also involved in general day to day duties of running a modern hospital mortuary such as receiving and storing bodies, and making sure bodies that arrive or leave the mortuary are properly identified. In some mortuaries, embalming is also part of the mortuary technician’s role.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Nuclear medicine technologists use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images.
Examine clients’ eyes to diagnose and provide solutions for vision problems, such as prescribing glasses or contact lenses. They also diagnose, monitor and manage eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma.
Eye healthcare professionals who are trained in the assessment and treatment of patients with eye disorders.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Prepare, mix and dispense prescribed medicines. Provide information on medicines to other health professions. Also provide patients advice about their medication and medical conditions, and help ensure patients know how to take their medication properly. Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists to prepare and give out medicines.
Collect blood and/or other body samples from patients for laboratory testing or for blood banks.
Radiation therapists treat diseases (mostly cancers) by planning a patient’s radiation treatment using computer technology and clinical information, before carrying out the radiation therapy using treatment machines.
Medical radiation technologists who specialise in the use of ultrasound.
Sterile Supply Technicians
Clean, sterilise and package surgical instruments and other hospital equipment, soft goods and linen in a sterilisation unit.