Pathology is a medical specialty that focuses on determining the cause and nature of diseases and is integral to the health of all Australians.
In fact, 70% of all medical decisions and 100% of cancer diagnoses rely on a pathology test. Primary’s mission in pathology is to deliver accurate and timely diagnostic services Australia-wide.
Primary’s Pathology division, Specialist Diagnostic Services or SDS, is one of Australia’s leading providers of private medical laboratory and pathology services.
SDS operates over 100 medical laboratories and over 2,200 patient collection centres across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia. Each year, it provides one in every three pathology services in Australia, extending from exclusively servicing some of Australia’s largest and most complex private and public hospitals to small and remote Australian Aboriginal communities.
SDS employs around 280 specialist pathologists and over 7,600 dedicated scientists, laboratory technicians, phlebotomists and team members. SDS offers its medical laboratory and pathology services through a variety of different geographically-based and specialty brands including:
Founded in the 1920s, QML Pathology is the market leader in Queensland operating over 20 laboratories throughout regional and metropolitan Queensland and more than 500 collection centres across QLD and northern NSW.
Laverty Pathology can trace its origins all the way back to Dr Eva Shipton, one of Australia’s first female pathologists, who opened her clinic in Macquarie St, Sydney in 1928. Today Laverty Pathology is one of Australia’s largest practices with 30 laboratories and more than 700 collection centres servicing metropolitan Sydney, the ACT, and regional NSW.
A premier medical laboratory and pathology provider in Victoria, Dorevitch Pathology maintains 33 laboratories and nearly 700 collection centres across the state. In addition, the practice services many of Victoria’s largest public and private hospitals.
Western Diagnostic Pathology provides specialist expertise to many indigenous communities extending from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands to Arnhem land in Northern Australia and Albany in the south. These practices also service Perth’s largest public and private hospitals as well as practitioners throughout the state.
A specialist genomic analysis laboratory with a strong industry presence worldwide, Genomic Diagnostics was the first private laboratory in Australia to offer polymerase chain reaction testing that detected the DNA of viruses, and well as the first to provide next generation sequencing for diagnostic testing. Genomic is currently Australia’s largest non-government diagnostic genetic sequencing facility with the biggest genetically-characterised tissue banks in the country.
We also have a number of highly specialised practices dedicated to niche human and veterinary pathology: