Representing private pathology in Australia

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To the provision of high quality, affordable, safe and accessible pathology service to all Australians.

Our members

Provide a majority of all community-based pathology services in Australia.

About us

Australian Pathology is the national peak body for private pathology in Australia. Our members include both small specialised laboratories as well as large organisations with laboratories nationwide, representing more than 95% of the industry’s pathology services in Australia.

Australian Pathology members are committed to the provision of high quality, affordable, safe and accessible pathology service to all Australians.

Australian Pathology members provide a large majority of all community-based pathology services in Australia.


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Pathology is the branch of medicine which is involved in understanding the causes and processes of disease. It does this by looking at changes in the tissues of the body, blood and other body fluids. Some of these changes show the causes of disease while others show how severe a condition is and can be used to monitor the progress of treatments.

Who are Pathologists ?

Pathologists are specialist medical practitioners working in the field of pathology. Their role is to carry out tests on various tissues including blood, body fluids and samples of tissue taken during surgery or in another setting, such as a pathology collection centre, on the request of a doctor. These samples are then examined in order to understand what is causing an illness or to monitor treatments.

Whilst Pathologists often do not communicate directly with patients, they provide the results of tests and their interpretations to the referring Medical Practitioners and Specialists who provide clinical care to patients. Pathologists therefore act as consultants to other Medical Practitioners and Specialists and play a vital role in the Medical Team providing care to patients including the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Sometimes Pathologists are directly involved in the clinical care of patients as the Clinician in charge or in conjunction with other Medical Specialists, General Practitioners and other Health Care Providers.

Different types of Pathology

There are several areas of pathology practice, related either to the methods used to test tissue samples or to the type of diseases being investigated. They include:

  • Anatomical Pathology [Histopathology/Cytopathology] (the diagnosis of disease from examining tissue samples and cellular smears)
  • Chemical Pathology (the use of chemical analysis to test tissue, blood and body fluid samples)
  • Genetics (the diagnosis of genetic conditions from tissue, blood and body fluid samples)
  • Haematology (the testing of blood, blood cells and blood products)
  • Immunopathology (the examination of tissue, blood and body fluid samples for immune responses associated with disease)
  • Microbiology (the study of microscopic organisms in tissue, blood and body fluids)

Why Pathology is important

Pathology testing helps doctors make accurate decisions about the diagnosis and treatment of their patients. This helps keep people healthier for longer and avoid unnecessary delays in accessing the best possible treatment for their condition. It also helps people with diseases find out how their treatment is working and to avoid suffering unnecessary side-effects from inappropriate treatments

Pathology testing also plays an essential part in screening and disease prevention programs which promote the overall health and wellbeing of our community.

These programs range from testing new born babies for genetic conditions which can be treated successfully, if identified early, to the detection of precancerous conditions, such as Pap smear screening, which, in Australia, has resulted in the reduction of the incidence of cancer of the cervix by more than 50%.

By reducing the impact of preventable and treatable diseases in the community, the pathology sector is helping to create a healthier future for all Australians.


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Our team

Mark Neeham
Healius Limited

Chris Brownlow
Treasurer & Vice President
Australian Clinical Labs

Shaun Donovan
Vice President
Diagnostic Services & Sonic Pathology Australia

Melinda McGrath
Australian Clinical Labs


Ian Clark
Sonic Pathology Australia

Jan Van Rooyen
Healius Limited

Office staff

Liesel Wett
Chief Executive Officer

Peta Thomas
Executive Assistant

David Thé
Director of Policy

Graham Collins
Manager Data Analysis

Megan Laidlaw

Marketing and Communications Coordinator 

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