Quality Use of Pathology Committee (QUPC)

The Quality Use of Pathology Committee (QUPC) is responsible for overseeing the Quality Use of Pathology Program (QUPP) and providing advice in relation to strategic directions and projects implemented under the program.

Page last updated: 23 February 2018

The Quality Use of Pathology Committee (QUPC) is responsible for overseeing the Quality Use of Pathology Program (QUPP) and providing advice in relation to strategic directions and projects implemented under the program.

The QUPC is comprised of nominees from the pathology profession, medical profession, consumer groups, educational institutions and representatives from the Department of Health. Members and their organisations are listed below.

QUPC Member
Organisation
Dr Michael HarrisonChair
Dr Kevin CarpenterAustralasian Association of Clinical Biochemists
Mr Michael LynchAustralian Institute of Medical Scientists
A/Prof Beverley RowbothamAustralian Medical Association
Dr Michael PageAustralian Medical Association
Ms Diane WalshConsumers Health Forum
Mrs Toni RiceConsumers Health Forum
Professor Peter SmithMedical Deans of Australia and New Zealand
Dr Daniel OwensPathology Australia
Professor Robert LindemanPublic Pathology of Australia
Dr Trina GregoryRoyal Australian College of General Practitioners
Dr Oliver FrankRoyal Australian College of General Practitioners
Dr Lawrie BottRoyal College of Pathologists of Australasia
Ms Celia StreetDepartment of Health
QUPC also includes two ex-officio members from the Department and an independent chairperson.

Secretariat support for the QUPC is provided by the Pathology Quality Section of the Diagnostic Imaging and Pathology Branch.

Role of the QUPC

Each member is appointed on the basis of their individual skills, knowledge and expertise. Their role is to provide advice to the Department of Health on issues relating to the QUPP.

QUPC Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for the QUPC are to:
  • oversee and provide advice to Government in relation to strategic directions and proposed projects and initiative under the QUPP;
  • provide advice to assist the Department with the QUPP funding allocation in line with QUPP priorities and the objectives of the Pathology Funding Agreement (PFA);
  • provide commentary on QUPP potential projects/initiatives, project applications, and on completed projects/initiatives;
  • assist the Department and the Pathology Agreement Advisory Committee (PAAC) with the evaluation of QUPP investment to date; and to
  • adopt and maintain a comprehensive and effective communication strategy to promote awareness of the quality use of pathology both within and outside of the pathology industry and profession.
Please Note: The Terms of Reference are still current. However, the references to the PFA and PAAC are no longer applicable.

The contact details for the QUPC Secretariat are as follows:

Pathology Quality Section
Department of Health
GPO Box 9848 (MDP 951)
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 02 6289 8131
Fax: 02 6289 4028
Email: QUPP Inbox