WHAT IS PATHOLOGY?

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Pathology is the medical specialty that determines the cause and nature of diseases

Providing Answers

70% of medical decisions rely on pathology. Results from pathology tests, including blood tests and biopsies, give doctors the information they need to correctly diagnose and treat their patients.

Improving patient outcomes

Every Australian receives their first pathology test just days after they're born. And half the Australian population will have a test this year - that's you or someone you love.

Saving lives

100% of cancer is diagnosed by pathology. We may never meet the people working in laboratories but they are a critical part of our healthcare system.

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Watch what happens after your blood is taken

35,000

Australians working in pathology

70

Percent of medical decisions rely on pathology

500

Million tests in Australia every year

LATEST NEWS

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23 Apr

Drones being used to transport lab samples in world-first

The use of drones to transport medical samples is not a new phenomenon. In 2015 CSIRO focused their
20 Apr

Australian researchers discover link between blood type and infection risk

*Photo by Todd Hardingham Australian infectious disease researchers at the Illawarra Health and
20 Apr

Pathology in your pants?! How a pantyliner can help detect risk of premature birth

Premature birth carries risks of health problems for a baby. Many things can contribute to a prematu
18 Apr

Pathology saves the day when cosmetic surgery goes awry

This Medical Mystery is courtesy of Dr Allison Bond, a resident in internal medicine at Massachusett

ABOUT US

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Pathology is the engine room of healthcare. Without it, the high standard of Australian medicine would be impossible.

4 Oct

The Value Of Pathology

Pathology saves healthcare dollars too by aiding in early diagnosis, prevention and effective treatment.
4 Oct

Learn About Your Tests

Read about your pathology tests using the plain-English easy to navigate Lab Tests Online database.
4 Oct

Pathology Saves Lives

More than 40 healthcare charities and organizations have pledged their support for Australian pathology.

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