By choosing Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley District for studying to become an anaesthetic technician through AUT, you will learn about all anaesthesia services in one of the largest tertiary health providers in Aotearoa.

With around 10,000 staff we provide a number of specialist services, including neurosurgery, oncology, cardiac, cardiothoracic, intensive care and neonatal intensive care, and specialised mental health services, for the upper South and lower North Islands, a population of about 900,000 people. Read more about us here.

Our Anaesthetic teams of around 40 people work across both the Wellington Regional (Newtown) ​​​​​​​and Hutt Valley Hospitals, 24 hours a day. They focus on:

  • pre-and post-operative assessments and advice to patients

  • running outpatient clinics for people with long-term pain conditions under the Wellington Regional Pain Management Service

  • working with radiologists on x-ray services under anaesthesia.

We have 15 operating theatres in Wellington Regional Hospital, with eight in Hutt Valley, which also provides burns and plastics services for the whole country.

Your placement

You will be studying and working alongside our supportive, experienced and diverse healthcare professionals to learn about the full range of anaesthesia services in the Wellington Regional (Newtown) or Hutt Valley Hospitals.

In each semester of your degree, you’ll be rostered on up to 28 shifts spread across five-to-six weeks at either hospital – so you’ll be learning in a range of clinical specialities. You can see an example of the study programme here.

Students and healthcare professionals will also be able to test or improve their skills to increase patient safety by attending learning exercises in our purpose-designed Simulation and Skills Centre. The centre provides:

  • Specialist simulation rooms - recovery, ED and theatre
  • Presentation / debriefing rooms
  • Air ambulance simulator
  • Skill-based training rooms
  • Part-task trainers and a range of state of the art manikins.

Learn more on our website.

Living and studying in Wellington

Wellington is Aotearoa’s cultural capital with thriving with cafes and restaurants, museums, theatres, and arts festivals plus many sporting events.

It is quick and easy getting around our diverse communities or out into the bush and coastlines by driving on our motorways or using public transport (buses, trains and ferries) run by Metlink

Read more about our region on our website or visit WellingtonNZ website to learn about making the move to our Creative Capital.


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Last updated 6 April 2023.