18 Jan

What is the cervical cancer / HPV vaccine?

Although sometimes called the ‘cervical cancer vaccine’ the vaccine actually protects against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) because this virus is known to cause the majority of cervical cancers.
18 Jan

What you need to know about Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

If you’ve heard of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), it will likely have been because HPV can cause cervical cancer, or because of one of the other health conditions HPV is associated with. There is no
18 Jan

Everything you need to know about cervical cancer and how to prevent it

Cervical cancer in Australia In 2021 it is estimated that 913 cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in Australia. The rates of cervical cancer in Australia have declined thanks to the Cervical Canc
7 Jan

What happens during a blood test?

In your local GP clinic or health service, most pathology samples will be taken by a trained pathology collector, also called a phlebotomist, or sometimes by a nurse. During a blood test, you wil
14 Dec

What is a virus: How viruses spread, how they differ from bacteria, and common viral infections

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the word ‘virus’ has become a household term, being used in casual conversation on a day-to-day basis in every corner of the world. But what exactly i
4 Dec

How preimplantation genetic diagnosis helps prevent life-threatening conditions in babies

On 24th October 2021, Australia’s Health Minister, Greg Hunt, announced new funding for pre-implantation genetic testing. This funding came into effect on 1st November 2021 and benefits couples who
23 Nov

History should give us hope for our COVID future. Here’s why

This article was orginally published in The Canberra Times on 10th November 2021 By Dr Robert Norton, clinical microbiologist and fellow at the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. Path
23 Nov

How Canberra pathologists dealt with COVID testing demand in ACT 2021 outbreak

This article was written by Lucy Bladen and originally published by the Canberra Times on 22nd November 2021 On the morning of August 12, whispers started to spread throughout Canberra that the cit
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