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The Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists is the peak body representing approximately 120 perfusionists in Australia and New Zealand. It is a not-for-profit, member association committed to supporting its members and improving health outcomes for people undergoing cardiac procedures or long-term extra-corporeal support.
The Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists works to provide the basis for communication between Perfusionists, a variety of stakeholders and to provide a regulatory body that upholds and promotes standards for the work of Perfusionists. The Organisation also works to provide information and education for its members, other health professionals, hospitals and health services, government and for the public.
A key focus for the Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists is to help its members obtain official recognition (course accreditation and regulation) as qualified practising clinical perfusionists.
Perfusion is a self-regulated profession. Perfusionists who hold a post-graduate Perfusion qualification and meet the requirements as set out by the Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion are eligible to become certified Perfusionists. Among other Standards, there are mandated Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements in order to practise in Australia and New Zealand.