Media Releases

18 November, 2019

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia (RCPA) has spoken out about the need to break down
the stigma surrounding oral sex during its annual International Pathology Day (IPD) event. The
College voiced concerns that not many people know that HPV is the cause of around 70 percent of
oropharyngeal cancers, which occur in the tonsils and base of tongue, and that it is most commonly
transmitted through oral sex.

13 November, 2019

The most recent Pathology Workforce Study*, conducted on behalf of the Royal College of
Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), forecasts a severe labour shortage within the profession. The
results of the study clearly indicate that the current and future demand for Australian Pathologists
and Senior Scientists is higher than current supply levels and that significant gaps are developing in
the workforce. This analysis mirrors the findings from earlier studies undertaken in both Australia and
New Zealand and Internationally.

12 November, 2019

Yesterday, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) hosted an event at their
headquarters in Surry Hills to celebrate International Pathology Day (IPD). The topic of this year’s
event was HPV related head and neck cancer and was attended by guest patients, Julie McCrossin AM,
TV presenter and media personality and Archibald prize-winning artist Nicholas Harding who shared
their personal stories with the disease.

28 October, 2019

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) strongly agrees with today’s announcement
from Cancer Council Australia regarding the hereditary condition, Lynch syndrome. Their findings
show that testing all bowel cancer cases for Lynch syndrome would be a cost-effective way of revealing
the thousands of currently undiagnosed Australians with the condition around the country.

3 September, 2019

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) has expressed concern that a new cancer initiative announced by the New Zealand government fails to encompass pathology/laboratory testing services which are essential for the diagnosis of all cancers. The College strongly recommends that the Government address the funding and workforce requirements for these services as part of the New Zealand Cancer Action Plan.

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