General Pathology Conference Feedback

Thursday, 24 September 2020 | Charlie Robinson

Clinpath hosted the first General Pathology Conference at UCity. 

Leading from one participants feedback who said it was "one of the most valuable, well organised meetings in the past few years" we can share that we had nearly 50 delegates in the room with others zoomed in from the UK, Victoria, America (Milwaukee), Spain, Sudan, and Zimbabwe! 

We explored the world of pathology and brought together some of the leading pathological and medical experts within our state of South Australia. We started the day with a summary of the COVID-19 aged care environment from Dr Fergus Whitehead, Clinpath’s CEO, which was appropriate as the event venue, UCity, managed by Uniting Communities is a truly unique, inclusive and diverse ‘vertical village’. The world-first, radical mixed-use building brings together retirement living, specialist short- and long-stay disability apartments; a function centre; commercial, retail and hospitality outlets.

Fergus shared that Clinpath’s operational updates during this pandemic has included the expanded molecular laboratory, 4 PCR platforms with capacity for 1500-2000 tests per day and a long term vision to support South Australia’s medical community with state of the art molecular testing.

He also shared that under the Sonic Healthcare contract, the aged care rapid response team can be dispatched (any time of day or night) with plans for any positive COVID-19 test resulting in all residents and staff working onsite being tested after facility locked down, in a scenario where Clinpath would work with SA Health to protect our most vulnerable.

From there, the day then moved onto 220 sides encapsulating 20 tips about Dermatopathology from Dr Craig James. As many said, it was “a fully packed day” that everyone enjoyed, even though it was very intense.

Associate Professor Wendy Raymond spoke about the changing face of Breast Cancer, Dr Travis Brown spoke about serum proteins, Dr Nicole Sladden spoke about rash decisions, and SA Heart’s Dr Luan Huynh spoke about troponin. During the afternoon, the participants were treated to a pot pouri of topics from Sonic Genetics National Director Professor Graeme Suthers.

The exercise breaks provided by ParkinsonSA’s Brain and Body Studio were a very welcome relief between speakers at morning tea and lunch. Everyone agreed, Tayla was amazing. Given the restrictions - it was great to have the exercise stretch sessions on offer.

With Steve Davis as our MC for the day, who also just happens to be the co-host of This Pathological Life, he managed to wrangle medical terminology he'd never encountered before, while keeping the day moving with his warmth and wit. 

We have accepted all feedback and while many have shared with us they felt the course structure was appropriate and relevant information for GP's, Clinpath will look at providing shorter more clinical talks over time to compliment the Conference. With the easing of pandemic social distancing regulations, we also hope to provide more opportunities for discussions during the sessions.