Development of medical laboratory science in Australia

Geroge Streitberg, Phillip Bwititi, Lyndall Angel, Ken Sikaris

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The future of an organisation is guided by history, and medical science has evolved significantly in the last 2000 years. Early tests investigated abnormalities in urine but today every tissue and fluid is analysed. Side-room testing has evolved into complex specialties such as biochemistry, haematology, microbiology and anatomical pathology. New diseases and technologies are continually discovered necessitating a new breed of scientist. This scientist has developed from a laboratory assistant to a fully fledged scientist who develops methodologies, understands informatics, and the pathogenesis and investigation of diseases. Pathology functions like other services in health, is directed by concepts in other industries and is affected by technological change. Professional bodies and the International Organization for Standardization have and will continue to shape the future of the profession. As we move towards total laboratory automation, the health sector and the medical scientist need to prepare themselves for their ever changing role.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of Medical Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008

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