Healthcare professionals need pathology

Professionals in all areas of healthcare tell us why they couldn't do their job without high quality, fast pathology services.

10 Sep

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR NERINA HARLEY

As director of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Associate Professor Nerina Harley manages the care of over 2,000 critically ill patients each year. These patients are
10 Sep

PROFESSOR PETER COLMAN

Professor Peter Colman heads up the Diabetes & Endocrinology Unit at a major metropolitan hospital. This medical specialty examines imbalances of the body’s hormones, and is heavily reliant on p
10 Sep

DR HELEN OPDAM

A mere few minutes can spell the difference between life and death for the patients of Dr Helen Opdam. As a Senior Intensive Care Specialist at the Austin Hospital, she and her team of experts rely

THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF PATHOLOGY

An analysis of the economic value of pathology to the Australian healthcare system. Click on one of the boxes below to read more about the report or click on the buttons to get your copy of the report and our Value of Pathology key facts infographic.

1.7 million Australians have diabetes and this is forecast to double by 2030. Pathology tests are integral to prevention programs which can save up to $5,300 per life year.

Patients with chest pain account for around 10 percent of Emergency Department presentations. $167 million per year can be saved by ruling out heart attacks using the most up to date pathology tests.

Pathology testing has underpinned dramatic reductions in deaths from colorectal cancer over the past decade – the 5–year survival rate for metastatic colorectal cancer has risen to 67%.

We’re giving politicians back-stage passes to labs

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Politicians come from all manner of backgrounds. Yet the moment they are elected, they are responsible for how Australia is run, including health policy. So we want them to be fully aware that Australian pathology is a vital part of healthcare. We also need them to know that it is not just rows of beige boxes pumping out results – human skill is required at all levels, from smooth collection, to results interpretation and contacting doctors with urgent results.

That’s why we invite Australian members and senators behind the scenes to visit their local pathology lab and see the life-saving work for themselves.