TAFE NSW boosts pathology’s cancer detection

By Our Reporter
The partnership has already proven successful for Malarvizhi Vivekanandhan, who secured a job after a successful placement

Australia is bracing for a significant rise in cancer cases, with annual diagnoses expected to exceed 200,000 by 2033. This surge highlights the urgent need for skilled histology technicians, who play a critical role in cancer detection and diagnosis. To address this demand, TAFE NSW has teamed up with Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology to provide essential hands-on training for students.

The collaboration allows TAFE NSW laboratory science students to gain practical experience at Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology’s Macquarie Park medical laboratory. This experience is vital for securing employment in the growing medical technician industry. Leanne Henderson, Department Manager – Histology at Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology, praised the partnership for its immediate benefits. She emphasised the importance of well-trained technicians and noted that exposure to the lab environment increases employee retention.

According to 2021 census data, the pathology sector will require 42,400 more workers by November 2026, primarily driven by the increased demand for tissue analysis. However, finding qualified candidates remains a challenge. Ms Henderson described the placements as a fantastic opportunity for those seeking a career in a respected pathology service.

The partnership has already proven successful for Malarvizhi Vivekanandhan, who secured a job after a successful placement. Malarvizhi, who holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from India, found that completing her Diploma of Laboratory Technology with TAFE NSW gave her the confidence to pursue a career as a histology technician. She remarked on the fast-paced nature of the job, noting that samples are received around the clock.

Histology technicians are vital in the medical field, transforming thin slices of tissue into microscopic slides. These slides, stained with dyes to highlight cellular structures, are examined by pathology doctors to diagnose diseases. According to a recent report, 500 million pathology tests are conducted annually in Australia, underscoring the significant demand for this expertise.

To ensure the industry can meet future demands, TAFE NSW offers a variety of laboratory sciences courses. These range from a Certificate III in Pathology Assistance, Collection, or Laboratory Skills to a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques and a Diploma in Laboratory Technology.

For more information on courses and enrolment, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601

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