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23 July, 2021

As more real-world evidence surrounding rapid antigen tests comes to light, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia reaffirms its position against the widespread use of these tests in Australia and New Zealand, due to the limitations in their sensitivity. The RCPA strongly urges that careful consideration, further monitoring and evidence is required before considering the implementation of rapid antigen testing in both countries.

2 July, 2021

Professor Stuart Tangye, a speaker at the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s (RCPA) annual conference, explains how next generation sequencing (NGS) for the diagnosis of primary immunodeficiencies (PID) is providing increased opportunities for precision or personalised medicine. This comes following the recent discovery of many new gene defects, with implications for many patients.

2 July, 2021

Pathology testing is a vital part of preventative healthcare such as screening tests, as well as for diagnosis and management of chronic diseases.

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2 July, 2021

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is once again reminding the community to be tested for COVID-19. This follows new market research* by the RCPA, which reveals that 45% of respondents chose not to get tested, despite experiencing cold and flu like symptoms within the past six months.

2 July, 2021

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is once again reminding the community to be tested for COVID-19. This follows new market research* by the RCPA, which reveals that 64% of respondents in New Zealand chose not to get tested, despite experiencing cold and flu like symptoms within the past six months.

2 July, 2021

Associate Professor Paul Ekert, a speaker at the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s (RCPA) annual conference, says the Zero Childhood Cancer National Personalised Medicine Program (ZERO) is currently delivering significant outcomes for children in Australia who are suffering from the most aggressive and high-risk cancers. Consequently, the Program has been expanded to include all children with cancer over the next four years.

29 June, 2021

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is reinforcing its advice 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 an updated position statement, the RCPA states that rapid antigen tests have lower sensitivity and specificity than the current Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) molecular tests, therefore have a relative increased chance of giving both false positive and false negative results.

21 June, 2021

As we enter the winter months, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is encouraging the community to remain vigilant and get tested for COVID-19 when presenting with any cold and flu-like symptoms. Viruses such as rhinovirus (the common cold) and influenza have symptoms which are similar to COVID-19, therefore, it is very important that individuals seek medical advice, are tested and do not self-diagnose.

12 May, 2021

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) strongly supports the Federal Government’s decision to invest $667.1 million into increasing pathology services for Australians over the next four years, including extending Medicare subsidies for COVID-19 testing until 31 December 2021. The funding was announced last night as part of the 2021/22 budget and builds on previous investment, totalling $1.8 billion since the start of the pandemic.

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.


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