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12 February, 2024

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is hosting two Tongan pathology trainees at a specialist laboratory in Australia. Dr Ilaisaane Fonohema and Dr Patrick Penitani, who are both Medical Officers at the Tongan Ministry of Health, will receive 11 weeks of pathology workforce training in the pathology laboratory serving University Hospital Geelong. They were selected in consultation with the RCPA and the Tongan Ministry of Health.

8 February, 2024

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia (RCPA) proudly announces the launch of the 8th edition of its flagship publication, the 'Manual of Use and Interpretation of Laboratory Tests,' alongside a companion mobile app. This milestone release marks a significant evolution from print to online to a mobile app, reflecting the RCPA's commitment to providing cutting-edge resources for healthcare professionals.

1 February, 2024

This month, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) will host an i-Kiribati pathology trainee at a specialist laboratory in Australia. Departing for Australia on 26 February 2024, Dr Tiaeke Tewareka, pathologist at the Tungaru Central Hospital, Tarawa, Kiribati will receive 13 weeks of pathology workforce training at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

9 January, 2024

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have warned the Government’s proposal to remove the 7-day delay for all pathology and diagnostic imaging reports on My Health Record may lead to misinformation and patient distress.

6 December, 2023

The Board of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of a successor to its long-standing Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Debra Graves OAM. After a comprehensive executive search process, Dr David Andrews (PhD) will join the RCPA on 1 March 2024, working closely with Dr Graves and the team, before taking over the CEO role on Friday 29 March 2024.

4 December, 2023

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) calls on the New Zealand Government to rethink its plans to repeal a law that would have gradually banned all cigarette sales in the country. The RCPA had welcomed the new legislation which, it says, would have had significant public health benefits and warns that repealing these plans puts New Zealander’s health at risk.

14 November, 2023

This World Diabetes Day, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) encourages all individuals deemed to be at risk of type 2 diabetes to follow the recommended testing guidelines, as advised by their GP. This also includes women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during a pregnancy. Without appropriate testing, at-risk patients could put themselves at risk of poorer short- or long-term outcomes.

8 November, 2023

This International Pathology Day, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) announces a new position statement, acknowledging the causal link between exposure to repeated traumatic brain injuries and the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The RCPA is calling on governing bodies to take action on CTE through five action points, which includes a recommendation that low or no contact versions of sports are played by those under the age of 14. Read the full position statement on CTE

27 October, 2023

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) encourages GPs to be prepared for a potentially significant increase in patients requesting pathology referrals for reproductive carrier screening for Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and Fragile X syndrome (FXS), once it is added to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) on 1 November 2023. By understanding what carrier screening is and when it should be used, GPs will be able to provide the best guidance to individuals and couples who are planning a family.

18 October, 2023

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) has been awarded funding by the Australian Government to host six overseas pathology Trainees at laboratories across Australia. Winners of the Fellowship will receive training in Australia’s world-leading pathology laboratories. This will allow the Trainees to share essential knowledge with their home countries, reinforcing Australia’s commitment to improving global health and ensuring best patient care for all.


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