5 January, 2022
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) strongly recommends that PCR tests are now only available for: patients who are unwell; or, those who have been advised to do so by the Health Department.
At the present time, most laboratories have exceeded their testing capacity. This has happened for three reasons: the increased volume of testing; a change in how laboratories can now test due to a higher number of positive PCR results; and staff shortages.
18 November, 2021
This month, three new items will be added to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) following several applications by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) to the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC). The items include genetic testing for certain blood cell cancers and for pregnancies with major fetal structural abnormalities, and diagnostic testing for neuromyelitis (NMO). It is expected that these additions will improve access to life changing pathology services for approximately 22-23,000 patients per year.
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.
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
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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