How to start your operating theatre technician career

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Following a great Open Day experience, Uzochi Giannikakis pursued the Health Services Assistance (Operating Theatre Technician) course, earning her the qualification to work as an operating theatre technician.

“I am at my happiest when I can put a smile on a stranger’s face, knowing that my effort has improved their day,” says Uzochi of her life-changing study experience.

Uzochi was initially inspired to follow a career in healthcare after a conversation with an operating theatre technician.

Health services assistance (operating theatre technician) students learn a variety of skills related to patient care, theatre equipment support and how to assist healthcare professionals.

She says Holmesglen gave her an opportunity to start her career while balancing the demands of raising a young family.

“Studying at Holmesglen provided me with skills, hands-on training and career support.

“They were an enabling platform for my current success as an operating theatre technician.”

What does an operating theatre technician do?

Operating theatre technicians – like Uzochi – are an important part of surgical and healthcare environments, undertaking a range of preparation, assistance and maintenance tasks.

Operating theatre technicians assist with:

  • Preparing an operating theatre and its equipment, including maintaining its cleanliness
  • Supporting patients before and after surgery
  • Infection prevention and control policy compliance

During the course, Holmesglen students also benefit from a compulsory two-week practical placement opportunity, to utilise the skills learned in the Moorabbin campus health precinct in a real-world clinical setting.

Qualified operating theatre technicians are currently in demand according to the Australian Government’s Your Career platform with strong future job demand.

Uzochi says supporting patients is the most enjoyable aspect of working as an operating theatre technician.

“Spending a few minutes with a patient, informing them why you are there and how you are going to do your best in ensuring a good outcome for them is the most rewarding part of my job.”

Uzochi’s advice for aspiring operating theatre technicians

“For anyone considering a career in health services assistance, the end goal should be about selfless service, dedication and commitment to patient care and support.

“Through this, you will find purpose, delight in the job and reward.”

Find out more about our allied health and health services assistance courses and how to explore your career opportunities.

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