1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Medical Laboratory Technical Officer
      Medical Laboratory Technician

Performs or assists with routine laboratory tests and complex analytical procedures in support of medical professionals engaged in the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of disease.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Diploma or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:
  • undertakes or assists with analytical procedures in the disciplines of clinical biochemistry, haematology, medical microbiology, histology, and clinical immunology
  • observes and interprets the morphological features of peripheral blood smears in consultation with medical scientists
  • prepares and stains slides for microscopic examination
  • performs diagnostic tests on tissues and body fluids
  • maintains and calibrates laboratory equipment and instrumentation
  • maintains quality assurance procedures undertaken in the laboratory
  • may supervise laboratory staff
  • may supervise or assist with specimen collection
  • may undertake pharmaceutical testing and analysis

Clinical Biochemistry Technician
Clinical Microbiology Technician
Cytopathology Technician
Haematology Technician
Histopathology Technician

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