Public Pathology Australia is the national peak body for public pathology in Australia.

Public Pathology Australia originated as the National Coalition of Public Pathology (NCOPP) in 2001. The organisation was formed to give a single voice for articulating and representing the values and issues of relevance to public pathology services throughout Australia.

Public pathology is the foundation of pathology in Australia. Our members are the major government owned and operated pathology services in each State and Territory in Australia. They provide the vast majority of pathology services in Australia’s public hospitals, service a number of private hospitals, and operate community based collection services for patients upon request from GPs and Specialists.

In addition to diagnostic services, our members conduct research and teaching in the areas of new and existing diseases, tests and treatments, and collaborate closely with colleagues in all areas of patient care, with many pathologists also performing clinical roles. Their laboratory testing and medical consultation services play a crucial role in timely clinical diagnosis, in monitoring therapy and in prevention of disease in individuals and the community.

Our Vision

Public Pathology Australia’s vision is for public pathology to be recognised as an integral clinical service that enables quality health outcomes.

Our Mission

Public Pathology Australia’s mission is to advocate and advance public pathology services by promoting initiatives and providing a respected, unified voice to all stakeholders at a national and state level.

Our Values

The following values underpin the way Public Pathology Australia works.

Our Activities

Public Pathology Australia’s activities are guided by the following objectives; being to:

  1. take a leadership role to promote and educate all stakeholders as to the role and value of pathology in protecting the health and wellbeing of the population and its role in evolving integrated patient care pathways to improve health outcomes;
  2. negotiate with and influence Federal and State/Territory governments and other stakeholders in relation to funding and issues that affect public pathology services;
  3. bring together members, disseminate information between members and pursue activities for the common benefit of members;
  4. contribute towards the development and promotion of best practice in the clinical and business provision of pathology;
  5. develop and promote initiatives that support and develop staff employed in public pathology;
  6. develop, contribute towards and advocate for health policies that improve health outcomes for patients in so far as it relates to pathology;
  7. advocate for or against any legislative or other measures as are related to furthering the interests of pathology in Australia;
  8. foster alliances and collaborate with any association, institution, society or body or individuals whether incorporated or not, whether located nationally or internationally, in relation to any of the objects of the Association; and
  9. take other actions that support the attainment of any of the above objectives.