Tag: pathology


The challenge of gaining international consensus in clinical testing

Despite the routine nature of comparing sequence variations identified during clinical testing to database records, few databases meet quality requirements for clinical diagnostics. To address this issue, The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) in collaboration with the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA), and the Human Variome Project (HVP) is developing standards for…

30 Sep 2014, by Informa Insights


Biobanking in Australia: A critical juncture

Lisa Devereux, President of the Australasian Biospecimen Network Association talks about the evolution of biobanking in Australia. The landscape for biobanking has changed significantly since I first became involved in 2001 – some two years after the Peter Mac established its biobank. The Peter Mac biobank benefitted considerably from the expertise and protocols developed by…

20 Aug 2014, by Informa Insights


Pathology: How to avoid running a video store

Len Moaven, Clinical Microbiologist at Laverty Pathology talks to us about his personal view on the challenges faced by modern pathology. When I graduated from Nottingham Medical School in 1986, David Cook - a computer programmer, founded Blockbuster. In 1994 it was sold for $8 billion. In 2004 it had 9000 stores and 60 000 employees.…

19 Aug 2014, by Informa Insights


Pathology: Front Desk or Back Office?

In the lead up to the 5th Annual National Pathology Conference, we had the chance to catch up with Ken Barr, Executive Director at SA Pathology, who shared with us his views on the role of pathology in Australian healthcare today, his NHS experience in the UK and the vision that he has for SA…

12 Aug 2014, by Informa Insights


Head and neck cancer on the decline in Australia

In positive news for healthcare practitioners in Australia, a new report indicates that rates of head and neck cancer are dropping in Australia. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's (AIHW) 'Head and neck cancers in Australia' report, the rate of these cancers decreased from 19.3 to 16.8 cases diagnosed per 100,000 people in…

14 Jun 2014, by Informa Insights