Pathology involves using medical laboratory tests to help diagnose disease. Find out about pathology in Australia, who can provide pathology services and what we’re doing about pathology accreditation and compliance.

Learn about pathology

Learn about pathology tests, costs, who can provide pathology services and the laws and regulations that apply.

What we're doing about pathology

We develop policy and hold regulatory responsibilities for pathology in Australia. Learn about our work in this area.

Quality Use of Pathology Program

This program funds projects that improve the management, delivery or use of Medicare pathology services.

Pathology accreditation

Learn about accreditation processes for pathology laboratories in Australia.

Latest news

Processing of self-collection samples

Important information for healthcare providers and pathology laboratories regarding changes to the Cervical Screening Test from 1 July 2022.

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Latest resources

Latest resources

Case study – Billing of diagnostic and pathology services in emergency departments and for public patients

This case study about diagnostic and pathology services will help you improve your Medicare billing practices.

Quality Use of Pathology Program (QUPP) project grants 2021–23

This document provides feedback to applicants for the Quality Use of Pathology Program Projects grant round (2021–23) GO5049 that was open on GrantConnect from 3 September 2021 to 19 October 2021.

National Cervical Screening Program – Pathology test guide for cervical and vaginal testing

This table shows the guidelines for pathology testing of cervical and vaginal samples.

Quality Use of Pathology Program (QUPP) – Final report for the Common Sense Pathology 2018–2021 project

This final report outlines what The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Common Sense Pathology project achieved. The QUPP funded this project between 2018 and 2021.