Science of pathology important
EVERY day a team of highly trained professionals work behind the scenes to save people's lives.
These invisible 'heroes' are our medical scientists and pathologists.
Yesterday marked the beginning of Pathology Week, which aims to highlight the roles medical scientists and pathologists play in the health of our nation.
As up to 70 per cent of all medical diagnosis depend on laboratory tests, they are one of the most important weapons in the health care armory, with medical scientists also important health care professionals.
Working as part of an integrated team which includes pathology specimen collectors, administration staff and laboratory aides, pathologists and medical scientists perform tests on blood, tissues and fluids including bone marrow and spinal fluid, to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
The local scientific team at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology includes the pathologist-incharge, five scientists and three technical officers and a technical assistant.
The scientists are all multi-skilled, with experience in major hospitals in Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane.
Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology actively promotes continuing education, with several of the Coffs Harbour scientist's already gaining their Australian Professional Acknowledgement Continuing Education points, which is a nationally recognised certification.
For information on Pathology Week visit www.aims.org.au