Welcome to the New Zealand Sterile Science Association

NZSSA is the professional body for NZ Sterile Services, promoting high quality of service delivery and patient care outcomes, achieved through education and professional representation.

The association's main objectives are:

  • To foster, promote and encourage interest amongst the members of the Association and others in the study of the Sterile Services concept and allied problems, with a view to increasing the efficiency of the service provided by hospitals in New Zealand to patients and the public generally
  • To promote and encourage the implementation and upgrading of principles and practices of sterilisation
  • To encourage the publication of any useful information concerning Sterile Service practices
  • To promote conferences for the consideration of all questions relating to Sterile Services and allied fields.


"For those of our DHB members who belong to the PSA, now is your opportunity to have your say.

The PSA will be going into negotiations with the DHB'S but first are asking their membership what they are looking for going forward.

While salary is always top of the list for some it is important to consider other factors from which you could benefit e.g. salary linked to qualifications and registration.  there has been talk for around 2 years of making the merit step programme more accessible and relevant to technicians but we have still to see this come to fruition.  It is similar to the nurses PDRP in that you get an allowance on top of your salary if you achieve merit step.  I know only of around 4 technicians who have done so.

Please put your ideas forward to your local delegate.  This is your opportunity to push for change"


Shelagh Thomas I Manager I CSSD

Hutt Valley DHB and Wairarapa DHB

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