Media Releases

11 June, 2024

This Men’s Health Week (10-16 June), the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is reminding men across Australia and New Zealand of the critical importance of regular health checks. The RCPA encourages all men to stay on top of regular check-ups and highlights the key pathology tests that can play a positive role in maintaining good health.

15 May, 2024

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) welcomes the announcement by the Australian Government to bolster Medicare-funded pathology services as part of the 2024-25 federal Budget. The new measures, including the reintroduction of annual indexation for selected pathology services, represent a significant step towards ensuring that all Australians have access to critical diagnostic services. However, with some pathology service groups still not indexed, the RCPA emphasises the importance of maintaining and improving pathology services over time.

3 May, 2024

In response to the government's announcement to remove the 7-day delay on My Health Record for pathology and diagnostic imaging results, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) urgently calls for a comprehensive consultation concerning the immediate release of specific diagnostic tests. Whilst the RCPA supports patient empowerment and access to healthcare data, it stresses the importance of ensuring that such access does not compromise patient care and clinical outcomes.

8 April, 2024

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) proudly announces the successful completion of a ground-breaking pharmacogenomics (PGx) project aimed at providing national guidance for PGx testing in Australia, addressing a critical lack of standardised guidelines. A living document, hosted on the RCPA website, now provides clinicians and health professionals with readily accessible guidance on when to consider PGx testing for 35 medications commonly used in Australia.

25 March, 2024

On 6 April 2024, two Vietnamese pathology trainees will travel to Australia to receive training at a specialist pathology laboratory, hosted by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA). Dr Hoang Thien Dang and Dr Dac Quynh Anh Nguyen, haematopathologists at the Blood Transfusion and Hematology Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will receive 12 weeks of pathology training at the Laboratory Haematology Service at Austin Health in Melbourne, Australia.

4 March, 2024

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2024 RCPA Media Awards, recognising excellence in journalism relating to pathology. The 2024 winners were decided during the RCPA’s annual Pathology Update Conference, Pathology Update 2024 – Answers in Adelaide, which was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 1-3 March 2024.

1 March, 2024

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is pleased to announce a significant increase in the uptake of reproductive carrier screening for Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), and Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), since the service was added to the Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) in November 2023. Despite the promising uptick in testing, Dr Tristan Hardy, Australia’s only dual-qualified obstetrician/gynaecologist and genetic pathologist, is raising concerns that most individuals are opting for the test after they are already pregnant, limiting their reproductive options.

1 March, 2024

Tomorrow, at the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s (RCPA) Pathology Update 2024 conference in Adelaide, haematologist Dr Niles Nelson and Dr Yasar Zirek will unveil a significant advancement in thalassaemia testing that promises substantial benefits for pregnant women and their families. The exciting breakthrough not only reduces the processing time for thalassaemia testing from two months to as little as three days, but also dramatically lowers the cost associated with processing the test.

1 March, 2024

Studies examining seroprevalence in Australia suggest that only around 10% of acute Q fever cases are currently being identified, putting individuals at risk of chronic health issues. Sharing insights from the studies at the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s (RCPA) Pathology Update conference in Adelaide this weekend, Dr Robert Horvath highlights the urgent need for increased testing, improved vaccination and detection methods, and improved education.

29 February, 2024

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is raising concerns over the recent surge in syphilis cases across Australia, which has led to a dramatic increase in congenital syphilis (CS). Speaking at the RCPA’s Pathology Update 2024 conference in Adelaide this weekend, Associate Professor Robert Norton urges healthcare providers to prioritise syphilis testing, particularly in high-risk groups, and emphasises the critical need for repeated testing during pregnancy to prevent illness and death in newborns.


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