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We’re making changes to help us build stronger relationships with our customers and improve our services.

From this month, we’ll no longer have four separate and distinct pathology networks (Pathology North, Pathology West, etc).  Instead we’ll operate as one statewide pathology service, with local pathology teams looking after the needs of their local customers and building stronger clinical relationships.  

We'll maintain our statewide forensic service, which helps ensure our justice partners have the expert analysis they need to solve crimes, keep our communities safe, and provide the answers and care families need when faced with the unexpected loss of a loved one.

We'll also look for more ways to increase collaboration between our forensic and pathology teams and build our expertise. 

These and other moves are about breaking down silos, focusing on the needs of our customers, and making sure we’re competitive in the marketplace.

While our internal structure has changed, our commitment to creating better health and justice systems has never been stronger. 

We’re looking at new ways to share expertise so customers and patients can access what they need regardless of geography.  We’re finding ways to enhance our value and ensure we deliver smarter, better outcomes.  We’re also exploring new opportunities that put us at the forefront of new tests, new technologies, new evidence and potential new markets.

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Innovative partnerships are helping change the way life-saving blood products can reach patients in need. Here are two examples of how our experts are partnering with other health professionals to improve patient care.  

Life-saving blood delivered by drones

Staff from our Royal North Shore Hospital lab have teamed with emergency clinicians to forecast future emergency care, with drone technology used to deliver life-saving blood to accident sites and disaster scenes.  

Emergency clinicians Dr Brian Burns and Dr Oliver Flower presented the innovative concept to more than 2,500 clinicians at this year’s Social Media and Critical Care conference in Berlin.  

Our pathology lab staff took part in filming which was showcased at the conference and Seven News. See media coverage here

The app helping trauma patients receive the best care 

The NSW Trauma App is helping clinicians deliver best practice and timely care to trauma patients.  

The app is the first of its kind in Australasia and the result of an innovative collaboration between health services, NSW Health Pathology and trauma centres.

Blood availability information from NSW Health Pathology is included in the app to help pre-hospital teams rapidly access additional blood products in critical situations. 

The technology has recently been awarded a Merit Certificate in the Australian Information Industry Association NSW iAwards.

You can watch a preview video for the app here.

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Our forensic DNA specialist, Dr Jodie Ward, is part of an elite group of female scientists to be named as Australia’s first Superstars of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Over 300 applicants took part in a highly competitive process for just 30 places.   

Jodie now joins her fellow Superstars of STEM in a year-long program where they will learn to speak confidently about their science and inspire a new generation to consider a career in STEM.

Find out more

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Infectious disease and microbiology experts from our Westmead lab have received a $2 million capacity-building grant to further their efforts to help protect community health and safety

The grant is part of round five of the NSW Health Prevention Research Support Program. 

Funding will allow our experts to work with a team of clinicians and academics from Western Sydney Local Health District and The University of Sydney to continue expanding their translational research in prevention, surveillance and control of communicable diseases of public health importance.

Our investigators on this grant include: Prof Dominic Dwyer, A/Prof Sharon Chen, Dr Jen Kok, Dr Matthew O’Sullivan, A/Prof Vitali Sintchenko and Dr Cameron Webb. The team has been successful in all five rounds of the program. 

Find out more

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Having blood collected doesn’t have to be scary. That’s the message school kids are hearing in the School Hospital Program run by Sutherland Hospital. 

Each week, first and second grade school kids attend the day-long educational program, which aims to reduce the fear of hospital visits and procedures, including pathology tests. 

Paul Dahdouh and his team at our Sutherland lab take part in the program and show kids the different types of tubes and containers we use to collect samples. They learn what’s involved in having a blood test and what happens to samples once they’re collected. 

The program also includes presentations from radiology, imaging, theatre staff and nurses. It’s a hit with the community and the program is now locked in until 2020. 

See recent coverage from Seven News here.