Pathology Awareness Australia

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Pathology Awareness Australia Limited (PAA) is a not-for-profit group representing approximately 95% of the Australian pathology landscape. Our board has representation from the following pathology related groups:

NSW Health Pathology

Our mission

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PAA was formed in 2013 in response to the discrepancy between the publicly perceived low value of pathology and the actual very high value of pathology to healthcare.

The founding members saw the need to jointly promote pathology as a vital and highly skilled medical profession, to the benefit of all those working in the field as well as all Australian patients reliant on access to high quality pathology services.

We believe this is the first time in the world that such diverse interests have united to promote the profession in this way.

What we do

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Know Pathology Know Healthcare is the key output of PAA. The purpose of Know Pathology Know Healthcare and all resources on this website is to help the Australian public improve their own health literacy and to inform them about what pathology is and the important role it plays in their healthcare.

PAA is not a service provider and this website does not contain results. All queries about personal tests should be directed to your treating medical doctor or your pathology provider.

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DISCLAIMER: The information on this website does not constitute medical advice. Pathology Awareness Australia (PAA) does not recommend people undergo or not undergo any particular tests. The information herein is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/user and their existing healthcare professional(s).

Information and stories on this website are drafted by communications professionals in conjunction with healthcare professionals. Content is reviewed and approved by pathology professionals and certified medical doctors (Pathologists). The PAA board that oversees the site consists of a single executive level representative from each member organisation.

Pathology Awareness Australia is a limited company. Company Directors have an obligation to declare all potential conflicts of interest regarding other positions, contracts and possession of property under the Company’s constitution. These must be declared either in writing or orally and at time-points cited in the constitution. For further details on conflict of interest resolution please email

This website does not host advertising or derive funding from any source outside the member companies of Pathology Awareness Australia.

Website content is updated as needed and content is reviewed annually in November.

ACN 165 109 599

Last updated 7 December 2023