Last month, Pathology Update 2019 – The Power of Personalised Pathology was held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from Friday 22- Sunday 24 February 2019, with 1,370 delegates attending.

Pathology Update 2019 is the annual scientific educational meeting for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and the only conference of its kind in Australasia; bringing together pathology professionals from all eight pathology disciplines and world-renowned pathology experts.

This year the event included 11 internationally renowned pathologists in their fields who presented to their colleagues on a variety of topics.

One of the highlights was in the sphere of genetic pathology, with a focus on cancer genomics, a very exciting area of pathology right now. Professor Obi Griffith presented at the Innovations Plenary on ‘Surveying the genomic landscape of tumours and tumour models – the next frontier.’

In a similar vein, Dr Lillian Siu presented the Eva Raik plenary talk on ‘Precision Cancer Medicine – cup half full or cup half empty’.

Not to be outdone, Haematology highlights included four excellent lectures delivered by world-renowned Haematopathologist, Dr Elaine Jaffe, on the classification of lymphoma and potential differential diagnoses in the assessment of potential lymphoproliferative disorders. Dr Jaffe was award RCPA Honorary Fellowship at the Annual Awards and Admission Ceremony.

More generally, Pathology Update covered topical lifestyle sessions on topics from mindfulness, sleep, fad diets, stand-up/sitting down, and managing stress sessions.

Pathology Update 2019’s Charity of Choice was also revealed at the event, going to the Snowdome Foundation.

Snowdome has a mission to improve outcomes for Australian men, women and children living with blood cancers. A total of $7K was raised at the event and you can still donate at

Dr Debra Graves also celebrated 20 years at the helm of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, serving as the Inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

All in all the event was a fantastic event for all those attending, helping keep the sector abreast of the latest developments across the field.

All Pathology Update 2019 Post Conference information is available at