Media Releases

10 August, 2021

Due to limitations in sensitivity, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia remains concerned over the uncontrolled use of rapid antigen tests (RATs) in Australia and New Zealand whilst the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 remains generally low. However, the RCPA recognises that governments and public health authorities fighting localised outbreaks may need to use RATs for surveillance testing in defined circumstances, in addition to the more accurate mainstream molecular tests.

2 August, 2021

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) has announced the winner of its eighth annual media awards for excellence in journalism relating to pathology. The winner was decided during the RCPA’s annual Pathology Update Conference, Pathology Update 2021 – Re-Cracking the Code, which was held virtually last month.

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.


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