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February 2019 | Published by RCPA

Issue #088

Welcome to the February issue of ePathway

ePathway is an e-magazine designed for anyone who is interested in their health and wellbeing and the integral role pathology plays in the diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases.

This month’s issue of ePathway will look at the following

  • Rickets, a preventable skeletal disorder
  • The RCPA’s new position statement on pharmacogenetics
  • Revisions to the RCPA’s position on direct to consumer genetic testing
  • Pathology Update 2019, The Power of Personalised Pathology

Rickets is a preventable skeletal disorder that affects infants and young children, causing soft and weakened bones. We spoke to Professor Tony Huynh to discuss the role of pathology in the diagnosis, management and treatment of the disease.

The RCPA has released a new position statement on the significance of genetic testing to predict a patient’s response to drugs, also known as pharmacogenetics. We spoke to clinical geneticist and genetic pathologist, Professor Graeme Suthers to find out more.

Last year, ePathway announced that the College had expressed concerns over direct to consumer genetic testing without the involvement of an experienced medical practitioner. Since then, the College has released a revised position statement on genetic tests that are marketed directly to consumers. We spoke to Dr Melody Caramins, Chair of the RCPA’s Genetics Council to explain more about these changes.

And finally, to Pathology Update 2019, The Power of Personalised Pathology which took place from 22 to 24th February 2019 at Melbourne Conference and Events Centre (MCEC). We provide an overview of the hugely successful three-day conference which is one of the largest gatherings of pathologists in the world.

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Rickets – A preventable skeletal disorder

Rickets – A preventable skeletal disorder

Rickets is a preventable skeletal disorder that affects infants and young children, causing soft and weakened bones. We spoke to Dr Tony Huynh, a paediatric endocrinologist at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and Chemical Pathologist at Mater Pathology in Brisbane, to find out more about this treatable disease and to discuss the role of pathology in the diagnosis, management and treatment.

 

 

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The RCPA advocates for a collaborative approach for the successful introduction of pharmacogenetics in healthcare in Australia

The RCPA advocates for a collaborative approach for the successful introduction of pharmacogenetics in healthcare in Australia
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) has released a new position statement on the significance of genetic testing to predict a patient’s response to drugs, also known as pharmacogenetics. The RCPA is advocating for a collaborative approach with medical colleges and the wider medical profession, the Government, educators, and researchers, with the aim of creating national guidelines that will facilitate the safe and appropriate introduction of pharmacogenetics in Australia. By using pharmacogenetic testing, a clinician can align a prescription with the patient’s potential for a beneficial or adverse response to a drug.

 

 

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New RCPA position statement on direct-to-consumer genetic testing

New RCPA position statement on direct-to-consumer genetic testing
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) has released a revised position statement on genetic tests that are marketed directly to consumers. The RCPA strongly advocates that complex medical tests should always be requested by, and after discussion with, an experienced medical practitioner or other appropriately qualified health practitioner. This approach applies to all medical tests, however is particularly relevant for complex genetic tests that predict the medical future individuals, including children.

 

 

 

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Pathology Update 2019, The Power of Personalised Pathology

Pathology Update 2019, The Power of Personalised Pathology
Dr Lillian Siu

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) Pathology Update is the key pathology educational annual scientific meeting, and is one of the largest gatherings of pathologists in the world, now featuring ten concurrent sessions and 147 speakers including 11 international speakers. his year’s conference, Pathology Update 2019, The Power of Personalised Pathology, took place at the Melbourne Conference and Events Centre, from 22-24th February 2019.

 

 

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