Competency information


Assist in performing pathology tests with relevance to the routine investigation of relevant conditions, including the production of results, reference ranges and clinical interpretative reports, e.g.

  • full blood count
  • urea and electrolytes
  • liver function test
  • lipids
  • cerebrospinal fluid monitoring
  • sputum culture and sensitivity
  • therapeutic drug monitoring, e.g. carbamazepine.


  • Quality assurance and accreditation processes in pathology.
  • Relevant national, international and local standards.
  • Factors affecting health, safety and integrity in handling and processing of specimens.
  • Generation of common pathology test results, comparison to standard reference ranges and the possible abnormal results found in patients presenting to cardiac, vascular, respiratory and sleep or neurosensory science or gastrointestinal/urodynamic sciences services.
  • Relevance and importance of specificity, sensitivity, accuracy, precision and linearity in the evaluation of analytical methods.
  • Capabilities and limitations of methods, techniques and equipment.
  • Safe laboratory practices, including principles of sterilisation and decontamination.
  • Specimen preservation, distribution, separation, storage and disposal procedures.
  • Methods and procedures to establish reference ranges and how to use reference ranges in interpreting results.
  • Principles and applications of techniques using different instrumentation.
  • Use and application of reagents for analysis.
  • Significance of standard operating procedures (SOPs), internal quality control and external quality assessment.

Relevant learning outcomes

# Outcome
# 3 Outcome Identify key anatomical landmarks on images obtained using ionising and non-ionising imaging media in the investigation of patients with cardiovascular, respiratory, sleep OR with gastrointestinal and lower urinary tract (LUT) disorders OR conditions resulting in referral to audiology, neurophysiology, or ophthalmic and vision science services, and describe the limitations and impact of results on patient diagnosis, treatment and care.