A fascination with phlebotomy
What Australia’s pathology industry is getting up to in 2018
Curious about what it means to work in pathology and what the industry has in store for the new year?
Looking for a job?
Most major pathology providers work with training partners like LTT and recruit directly from the pool of graduates. However, some jobs are still advertised to the public. Check out this search on SEEK to see a sample of the variety of roles available in the path lab space!
What is pathology?
From infertility to infectious diseases, allergies to angiomatosis, pathology is vital to healthcare!
Pathology is a medical specialty focused on examining the nature, origin and course of diseases. Used in areas ranging from diagnostics and the management of chronic illness to research and development, pathology forms the basis of healthcare.
Who works in pathology?
Australia’s pathology workforce is diverse, consisting of roughly 24,000 individuals involved in the collection, processing and reporting of an estimated 500 million pathology tests every year!
Collectors take specimens like wound swabs or blood from a vein, and are often the only pathology staff who get to interact with patients. Mobile collectors visit patients at home to collect pathology specimens.
Couriers are specially trained to transport and deliver pathology specimens, results and materials.
Lab assistants and technicians work with specimens in a laboratory environment, handling, processing and splitting specimens for testing.
Pathologists are medical doctors with at least 13 years of training.
What’s the difference between a pathology collector and a phlebotomist?
Pathology collection work usually involves using a needle to draw a blood specimen from a patient. For this reason, pathology collectors are often called phlebotomists. However, pathology collectors can also gather other biological samples including body/skin tissue or fluids, and in some roles administer tests like electrocardiograms (ECGs).
What’s happening in 2018?
Things look great for pathology collectors and phlebotomists in the coming years – employment rates are projected to grow much faster than the average across all occupations, receiving the highest job outlook rating available from Career HQ (5 for strong growth). The Australian Government echoes this prediction: future outlook stats through to 2020 see medical technician jobs (including pathology collector roles) set for very strong growth (once again, the highest ranking available), with full-time roles making up 61% of positions and a below average rate of unemployment.
With an ageing population and the accessibility of new diagnostic methods, doctors and hospitals need pathology collectors and phlebotomists to obtain samples and arrange testing of blood and tissue products.
Australia’s pathology industry is dominated by a handful of companies – find out which pathology providers LTT partners with for student work placements here.
How do I get into the industry?
Working as a pathology collector or phlebotomist generally requires a VET qualification. Pathology laboratories may run internal training programs or partner with external training organisations to facilitate the delivery of these qualifications.
What jobs are going?
Different jobs need different credentials – LTT offers the following VET qualifications to help you get a job that suits you:
- HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection
- MSL40116 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
- MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology
Most major pathology providers work with training partners like LTT and recruit directly from the pool of graduates.
However, some jobs are still advertised to the public. Check out this search on SEEK to see a sample of the variety of roles available in the path lab space!
Ready to jump in?
We hold regular information and enrolment sessions in our Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney training centres. Free call 1300 588 588 to register to attend.
Depending on demand, we also hold courses in other areas (including Ballarat, Central Coast and the Gold Coast), so feel free to fill out the enquiry form below and let us know where you’d like to see training held!
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