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28 October 2016

On Friday 21st October, SA Pathology conducted a tour of our automated and haematology laboratories at the request of the Federal Member for Grey, Mr Rowan Ramsey. The visit came at the instigation of Pathology Awareness Australia (PAA), a national body comprised of public and private pathology providers, learning institutions and industry suppliers.

The visit to our Frome Road laboratories commenced with a welcome from SA Pathology’s Director of Strategic Development Tony Currell, followed by a short presentation by Lucas Semmler, Director of Regional Services, who provided a snapshot of our pathology services across regional SA, particularly in the electorate of Grey, which encompasses most of the state and is one of the largest in the nation.

Mr Ramsey was also given a short presentation by PAA’s Dr Peter Harman about the role pathology plays in detection and management of three common areas of medical investigation; heart attack, bowel cancer and diabetes. Mr Ramsey has an active interest in healthcare and sits on national diabetes boards.

Director of Automated Laboratories David Nielsen led attendees through our operations from specimen reception to the core functions in automated processes and then took the opportunity to show Mr Ramsey and guests blood slides, viewed through microscopes. The two are no strangers, having shared a classroom during their younger years, both being farm boys from Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula.

Mr Ramsey was impressed by SA Pathology operations and the reception he received during his tour and said he left with a clearer picture of pathology and its role in health care.