Pathology Update 2022

Pathology Update 2022 Trade Show
Pathology Update 2022

Pathology Update

March 4 - 6, 2022


The first weekend of March saw the continued kickoff of the 'Conference and Events Calendar' for Roche Diagnostics Australia. Despite best efforts by Omicron early in the year to spoil planned face to face events, the annual Pathology Update conference event went ahead as planned at the International Convention Center (ICC) in Sydney's Darling Harbour.

Coordinated by the Royal College of Pathologists, Australia (RCPA) the event was branded 'Celebrate 20, In our hands' to commemorate 20 years of the founding of the RCPA. With some 650 delegates attending in person (and 500 virtual delegates) the team at Roche Diagnostics Australia were delighted to connect once again, face to face with the incredible and hard working people of the pathology industry.

For the first time in years, delegates were able to catch up in person and share their thoughts on what had been an exceptional 12-24 months in Australia's pathology industry.

Roche Diagnostics Australia's Presence

In line with our commitment to this great industry, Roche Diagnostics Australia's stand featured prominently near the conference entry, comfortably spread over the two spaces, booths 10 and 11. 

Our information touch points were part of our sustainable approach to maintaining a paperless in our office and with our customers. Two wall-mounted 60inch LED display units looped key product messaging around Digital Pathology and the Roche Product Development Pipeline. 

Roche Diagnostics Australia were honoured to play the defacto role of welcoming delegates through the door with the enticing smell of freshly brewed coffee, staffed by what seemed two of Sydney's hardest working Baristas!

Roche Scientific e-poster display
Roche Scientific e-poster display
Roche Scientific e-poster display

As major industry supporters attending the event, Roche Diagnostics Australia was honoured to sponsor the Scientific e-poster display.


Every year The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia invites all delegates to contribute to the scientific program, by submitting scientific abstracts. Up to 150 entries are judged by a panel of the Pathology Update 2022 Overseeing Committee. 


For the first time this year, the posters were displayed digitally. Exhibited over 6 large touch-screen displays, the posters were rendered as an easy to access to navigate mobile apps, with the ability to scroll and zoom in on the detail.


Out of a total of 150 abstracts considered by a subcommittee of the RCPA Board of Education and Assessment, seven winners were chosen. Roche was honoured to present $500 award to each of the winners across the 7 major pathology scientific streams (anatomical, chemical, forensic, genetic, haematology, immunopathology, and microbiology).


Roche Diagnostics Australia's head of customer success Adrian Bradley represented the company during the awards ceremony on Saturday, congratulating all winners on their prizes. 


Roche Diagnostics Australia congratulate this years winners across each 7 streams. Due to issues around intellectual property, these scientific papers are only able to be accessed by logging into the RCPA scientific platform. 

  • Anatomical Pathology (Poster: #6) by Dr Alpesh Amin. Title: Utility of c-FOS immunohistochemistry as an ancillary tool in the diagnosis of proliferative fasciitis and proliferative myositis
  • Chemical (Poster: #96) by Dr Paul Bonnitcha. Title: Severe hypophosphataemia after Ferinject infusion: Case report and review of available information
  • Forensic (Poster: #118) by Dr Lena Quinto. Title: Shades of blue: A case series of sodium nitrate poisoning
  • Genetic (Poster: #125) by Dr Nysa McGowan. Title: Next-generation fetal blood group typing panel for safe precision medicine management of women with red cell and platelet antibodies
  • Haematology (Poster: #137) by Mr Aris Macrae. Title: Point of care full blood count (FBC) testing in a rural hospital without an onsite laboratory: Results of a pilot evaluation
  • Immunopathology (Poster: #151) by Dr Jianna He. Title: IgG4 related disease: Cousin, Companion or Complication of Sjogren's syndrome?
  • Microbiology (Poster: #161) by Dr Andrew Fox-Lewis. Title: SARS-COV-2 viral load dynamics and real-time RT-PCR cycle threshold interpretation in symptomatic non-hospitalised individuals in New
Innovations Plenary

After the urgency around Omicron subsided and an incredibly busy 12 months in Australia's pathology industry, the opportunity to hear insights is from the experts were to be missed.During the course of Friday, the first day of the event it quickly became obvious a large number of delegates were there to hear the many, highly specialised speakers on the scientific program.

An incredible195 speakers featured concurrent presentations across10 disciplines, proving an immense variety and depth of scientific information within the pathology industry.

Some highlights included keynote address' by Professor Dominic Dywer, a medical virologist and infectious diseases physician at Westmead Hospital and Sydney University. Prof Dwyer shared incredible insight of his time as member of the WHO Joint Mission on the Origins of SARS-CoV-2 in Wuhan, China in 2021.

Attendees were treated to the inside experiences and photos on the ground at Wuhan, whether it be the wet markets, hounded by the press and the Wuhan institute of Virology. Prof Dwyer made the convincing case that Science, Politics and Social Media are 'difficult bedfellows'.

Another highlight was the talk by A/Professor Caryl Barnes who shared her insight on Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing team at Black Dog Institute for over 13 years.

Currently a Senior Staff Specialist in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital Caryl discussed multiple facets of an individual mental health in the workplace setting. Topics covered included burnout, how a mentally healthy individuals flourish and how a psychological safe workforce is a less expensive, more productive company.