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Genomics is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing areas of medicine, and NSW Health Pathology is ramping up to be a recognisable force on the national and international stages.

Dr Cliff Meldrum, our first Director of Genomics, is leading the charge to create a statewide genomics service. 

It will bring together the expertise and resources that exist across our networks into one coordinated service, dedicated to providing state-of-the-art diagnostics and care for NSW patients. 

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Rare disorder genomics

Our pathologists and scientists are helping diagnose rare genetic disorders in children and adults with the aim of providing better management of inherited conditions. 

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Cancer genomics

Our experts are helping determine the inherited cancer risk for breast, ovarian, bowel and other cancer syndromes. 

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Infectious disease genomics

We are using genomics to better understand the origin of pathogen-based outbreaks and how infectious diseases spread.

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Genomics in forensic services

Our forensic specialists are exploring the use of genomics to help solve crimes and determine cause of death in some unexplained cases.

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On-the-spot testing keeping Iron Man athletes safe

Pathology staff were in the main medical tent of the Port Macquarie Iron Man this year to offer point of care tesitng for athletes.

It's the sixth year the testing has been made available.

The team on-site, who are usually based at our Kempsey Hospital laboratory, said they were proud to be part of the medical team offering their time to keep athletes safe and well.  

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Extra collection services for Junee

Collection services at Junee are now operating five days a week.

The extended service now opens from 7.30am to 11am Monday to Friday and is located near the emergency department at the Junee Multi-Purpose Service. 

The extended hours have been welcomed by local community members and GPs, and follows work carried out last year to install point of care testing at the Multi-Purpose Service.

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New service at Kurri Kurri

A brand new service is up and running in the local community health centre with GPs and other health services also on site.

This service is in addition to the inpatient and outpatient pathology services already provided at Kurri Kurri Hospital. 

Pip Gardiner, our collector at the new service, said patients are enjoying the convenience of accessing several health services under the one roof.  

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Autumn edition of Compass out now

Stories include the following and more:

- an in-depth look at how our work in genomics is creating better health and justice systems;

- a profile of Scott Pearce who is developing our disaster management plan;

- a recent South Australian case that is strong reminder to respect patient privacy;

- first hand accounts of how our point of care devices are helping NSW Ambulance officers.

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