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

Public Pathology Australia was formed in 2001 to provide a single voice for 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. Public pathology 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.

Statement of Purpose

Public Pathology Australia advances Public Pathology for equitable, innovative and sustainable pathology services for the Australian community.

Public Pathology Australia – Community First Always.

Our Goals

Public Pathology Australia will:

  • Be a reputable national peak body.
  • Promote public pathology and fight for strong pathology services in public ownership.
  • Advocate for equitable, innovative and sustainable pathology services.
  • Provide relevant support including collaborative opportunities for members.
  • Optimise evidence-based use of pathology and support innovation in pathology.

Our Values

Public Pathology Australia demonstrates the following values when conducting its activities:

People first
Respect and trust
Strategic leadership


    Constitutional Objectives

  • Promoting the specific role and value of public pathology
  • Influencing funding
  • Pursuing activities to benefit members
  • Contributing towards best practice in both business practice and clinical aspects of pathology
  • Workforce activities
  • Contributing towards health policy
  • Informing relevant legislation/regulations
  • Developing appropriate alliances