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Personalised Medicine and the Impact of Genetic Testing on the Future of Pathology

Keynote Speaker: Professor Graeme Suthers, Director, Genetics, Sonic Healthcare (Australia)

Recent advances in technology and the excitement of economic and fast whole genomic data offer the possibility to revolutionise the discipline of pathology. Genomic (and genetic) testing allows pathologists to diagnose disease rapidly and early to change its course, and to tailor treatment programs to the individual. This presentation outlines some of these technical advances and the changes that will make this revolution a reality.


International Activities in promoting the Health Economics of Pathology: Potential for Australia

Keynote Speaker: Dr Paul Jülicher, Director, International Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Abbott (Germany)

In Australia the dominant model of pathology funding is fee for service, which has focussed payers (government) on costs, and by extension focused pathology practices on cost minimisation. The past decade or more has seen an era of ‘commoditisation’ of laboratory tests, with large scale automation and market concentration to achieve economies of scale and scope. The efficiencies that laboratories have been able to achieve have largely been passed onto payers with a long-term decline in reimbursement as indicated by medical rebates for pathology falling by 7.6% from 2000 to 2013 compared to the consumer price index which has increased by 43% over the same period. While production efficiencies will continue to evolve, the opportunities for future stepwise improvements in production costs are likely to have diminished. The focus must now be on delivering improved testing outcomes in a relatively cost neutral or at least cost-effective way; bringing pathology into line with other health services that focus on value for money for payers, and maximising health outcomes for consumers. This requires a break from the existing pathology funding model. Paul will explore international activities in this vital change and the potential that exists for Australia.


Friday March 2, 2018

International Convention Centre, Sydney Australia

7:30am - 9:30am

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Know Pathology Know Healthcare campaign

The Economic Value of Pathology: Achieving Better Health, and a Better Use of Health Resources

On Tuesday April 12, Pathology Awareness Australia launched an exciting new report at a pathology laboratory in central Sydney as part of our ongoing work to build understanding of pathology in the community.

Written by the Centre for International Economics, it is the first report in Australia to take a detailed look at the financial savings and broad benefits that pathology provides to the health system and patients. Focusing on the examples of diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer, it highlights the central role of pathology in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

To find out more about the report's findings and to read it in full click here


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IVD Australia is driven by our strategic plan and we have captured two key strategies that will help to ‘future-proof’ the IVD Industry in Australia – Driving Industry Value, and Recognition & Advocacy.

All our activities are focused on member-value; ensuring that government understands, and acts upon, the value of the Australian IVD Industry; and making sure industry’s voice is heard and respected.

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Did You Know…

  • Approximately 85 percent of all business failures occur in firms that are not members of their trade association.
  • One of the biggest advantages of association membership is networking and camaraderie.
  • To reap the benefits, you must also make an investment of time and effort in association activities and become involved.



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