Media Releases

31 March, 2021

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) strongly encourages sex and gender diverse individuals to be informed about pathology testing related to themselves. Due to a lack of medical research, there are no reliable reference intervals specific to transgender patients in most instances, which could put patients at risk of misdiagnosis. A pamphlet which explains this issue to patients was launched today by the RCPA, on International Transgender Day of Visibility.

9 March, 2021

Following an application to the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is pleased to announce that genetic testing for the diagnosis of inheritable cardiac arrhythmia syndromes has been approved for public funding by the Department of Health. Although COVID-19 has caused delays to budget cycles, it is hoped that this item will be listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) by late 2021.

3 March, 2021

A new vaccine factsheet released by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) reassures the community that all vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety and efficacy before they are approved for use in Australia and New Zealand. This comes following the start of one of the largest and most complex immunisation programs in both Australia and New Zealand, an incredible milestone and achievement for the two nations.

15 February, 2021

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) raises serious concerns over changes made by the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) to a legal instrument which regulates certain self-testing in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs) in Australia. The changes come following a consultation by the TGA to review what tests the association will allow manufacturers to provide directly to patients to perform on themselves.

27 November, 2020

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is delighted that one of its Fellows, Professor Richard Scolyer has been awarded "Outstanding Researcher of the Year" in the NSW Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research 2020, presented by NSW Cancer Institute. This is one of the biggest awards of its kind that a researcher can receive and marks the first time that a pathologist has ever received this honour.

20 October, 2020

Following an application by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) has recommended to the Health Minister, Greg Hunt, that reproductive carrier screening for fragile X syndrome (FXS), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and cystic fibrosis (CF) be listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

1 October, 2020

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) advises against the widespread use of rapid antigen test for the diagnosis of COVID-19 in Australia and New Zealand in the current context of low prevalence of COVID-19 infections. As outlined in a new position statement from the RCPA, the preferred method for COVID-19 diagnosis is Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) molecular testing for the SARS-COV-2 virus, due to its high sensitivity and specificity.

8 July, 2020

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is pleased to announce that, according
to the 2019 Journal Citation Reports (JCR), Pathology, the RCPA’s official journal, has increased
its impact factor to 3.744, which is an increase of 18.4% on the previous year. In addition,   the
overall   ranking   of Pathology has increased,   soaring five places    to be listed 16 out of 78
pathology titles.

6 July, 2020

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) strongly recommends that individuals continue to visit their GP to vaccinate children in accordance with the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule in Australia and the National Immunisation Schedule in New Zealand. This year, for the first time, all children aged six months to five years of age are eligible to receive a free influenza vaccine under the NIP Schedule.


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