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Monday, January 29, 2018

TAFE fees

When I first started blogging it was mainly about recording a diary entry of my life (to possibly print out one day) and also to help other people with any of my experiences.

In the last couple of years my observations as an anaesthetic tech as well as my past experience applying/studying at TAFE  have appeared on my blog. Some of the links no longer work (due to the change of name from Central TAFE to North Metro TAFE) but the course duration has also changed: it's now a TWO YEAR (fulltime) diploma course. When I first did the course in 2016 it was a one year diploma course, prior to that it was a 6-month Certificate 4 course.

The TAFE website states :-
The Diploma course is a very practical, hands-on course, delivered in a face to face classroom format as well as in the simulated anaesthetic technology laboratory. The course is delivered over 2 years and includes a full time clinical placement in a hospital or clinic, organised by North Metropolitan TAFE.
North Metropolitan TAFE has currently undertaken extensive industry consultation with hospitals in the metropolitan area.  Anaesthetic technicians play a critical role in supporting the anaesthetist and the role requires a wide range of complex skills and extensive knowledge to perform safely and effectively in the workplace.
Following the recent round of industry consultation the industry representatives at the meeting held on 17 November endorsed extending the duration of the qualification to 2 years, effective from January 2018.  These changes will apply to all current and future applicants.
The number of unit look like they are the same - 16 units. The indicative fees page from TAFE currently says 18 months (3 semesters), with a total fee of $8,284.34

My final VET-FEE-HELP debt is $6166 which I'm slowly paying off. Click my DONATE button (on the right column) to help me pay it off!  ;)    Thanks!

Monday, January 15, 2018

A day in the life of an anaesthetic technician

So there are lots of people who only hear anaesthetic technician when I tell them what I do. Their eyes widen and they go ooooohhh .... and I know that they don't really know what I do at work!

I found a great article which describes our duties but for those who can't be bothered to read the article, here are the main points:
getting operating rooms ready for surgeons - finding out what surgeries are scheduled each day and preparing the operating room for each procedure. After each surgery, techs get the operating room ready for the next patient
Because the main duties of technicians are to prepare the operating room and get patients ready for surgery, they're not usually present in the operating room during a procedure, the attending anesthesiologist (a physician) anesthetizes the patient and remains in the room to make sure he/she remains stable. 
Some techs may be present, however, during difficult surgeries, such as kidney or liver transplants, to may handle blood or plasma transfusions or fetch drugs doctors need to administer during a procedure. 
Techs may also "be asked to hold the breathing mask on the patient,"  
After surgery, the tech on duty generally gets the operating room ready for the next patient. 
The hours can be long. While some surgeries last only 20 minutes, complex procedures can take all day -- eight hours or more at a stretch. 
Because hospitals never close, anesthesia techs work in shifts. an 8-hour shift Monday-Friday, starting at 8 a.m. Other colleagues start work at 6 a.m. or at 11 a.m. work overnight from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. All techs work some holidays and weekends.



Monday, January 08, 2018

Whalers Tunnel and Victoria Quay, Fremantle

We quite enjoy our little jaunts to Fremantle. Whether its to the Esplanade skate park/EYP (Esplanade Youth Plaza) where the ferris wheel lights up beautifully at night ...


or to Bathers Beach for a dip and a walk

It's also close enough from Bathers Beach to walk to Victoria Quay. If you're on the right side of the tracks, you will find yourself going through a tunnel (below the Round House) to access the beach from the carpark ... Whalers Tunnel :-
The Whalers Tunnel was constructed by Fremantle Whaling Company under the Round House to move goods between the original port at Bathers Beach and the town. It was Western Australia's first tunnel and the only one for 64 years until the Jane Brook deviation railway tunnel was built. The tunnel is of exceptional significance as the only structure remaining of the Whaling Station complex.
There is a secret side tunnel leading up to Gunners Cottage which was built when the Whalers Tunnel was used an air raid shelter in World War II. From 1905 -1919 electricity cables ran through the tunnel connecting the power station on the western side with the tram barn on its eastern side. 
My picture of the spooky secret tunnel .........

Walking to Victoria Quay takes you around the WA Maritime Museum where you can take a submarine tour on the HMAS Oxley, an Oberon class submarine built by the Scott Shipbuilding and Engineering Company in Greenock, Scotland in 1967.






It's pretty amazing to be able to get up and close to this!



Victoria Quay also houses the Fremantle Passenger Terminal, where ferries to Rottnest Island and cruise ships berth and depart. We had fun scooting along here, checking out the few lone fishermen and peering into windows.

Further along is E-shed markets with craft and souvenier shops, food and coffee.

From history, to food, skate parks and playground at the Esplanade, wetting your toes on the beach to watching the sunset from the beach .... Fremantle is a lovely day out any time of the year.

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