Declan’s commitment to advancing clinical biochemistry practice

29 January 2024

We would like to give a massive congratulations to Declan Neldner, a Medical Scientist in Chemical Pathology, for becoming a member of the Australasian Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (AACB).

Each year, the AACB invites candidates to apply for membership. The applicants must undertake three exams: two written and (if successful) one oral, surmounting to a total exam time of six hours and forty minutes!

After studying for the past three and a half years, Declan has passed the exams and become a full member of the AACB. This feat is recognised as achieving a high standard of professional development within disciplines of clinical biochemistry and laboratory medicine, and gains Declan access to further educational materials and eligibility to serve on AACB committees.

“The last three and a half years of study have given me a greater understanding of what our tests mean to our patients and their treatment journeys. I now have a broader knowledge base and the opportunity to continue my personal development.”

At SA Pathology, knowledge sharing is heavily encouraged as it helps keep staff informed and constantly developing new skills. Declan used this to his advantage, sharing and questioning ideas with like-minded individuals during afternoon tutorials, evening seminars, and in numerous discussions with pathologists, clinical scientists, and laboratory staff.

Declan would like to thank and acknowledge all those who supported him on this study journey, including Wayne Rankin, Helen Martin, Mohamad Saleem, Kate Coleman, the Chemical Pathology directorate, and the Tuesday afternoon tutorial group.

Declan has worked with SA Pathology for nearly nine years, starting his journey in Berri as a backfill during the Millennium project and relocating to Adelaide after two and a half years. He now hopes to take a little study break before considering undertaking the AACB Fellowship.

Congratulations again on your wonderful achievement, Declan!

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