Issue #120
December 2021
Pathology Update 2022 announced

Under the guidance of the Pathology Update 2022 Overseeing Committee and with the support of the Board of Directors, the RCPA presents Pathology Update 2022, “In Our Hands”. The College’s annual scientific educational meeting brings together pathology professionals from across the seven different disciplines of pathology and will welcome a selection of invited speakers and delegates who will either present in person or virtually. Developed as a hybrid event, Pathology Update 2022 will take place from Friday 4 March until Sunday 6 March 2022 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

Dr Lawrie Bott, President of the RCPA said,

“Pathology Update 2022 “In Our Hands” strikes us as being very apt. In recent times, it has been up to each one of us to do our bit for ourselves, our families, our community, and our profession; to make choices and take responsibility in our own hands to work our way through this pandemic. For our 2022 conference, the Scientific Program Committees have produced another attractive spread of topics that will offer valuable new learning experiences’

“As always, Pathology Update gives us all the opportunity to meet up with colleagues and become immersed in the discipline scientific program sessions, as well as plenary sessions and social events. This is perhaps something that not everyone has been able to do with the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation.”

Four plenaries will take place during the conference. On Friday 4 March, Prof Dominic Dwyer, medical virologist and infectious diseases physician at Westmead Hospital and Sydney University, will present the David Rothfield Memorial Oration, “Where science and politics meet: The origins of SARS-CoV-2”. Prof Dwyer is actively involved in investigations of outbreaks of viral infections. He worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO) during the SARS outbreak in China in 2003 and was a member of the WHO Joint Mission on the Origins of SARS-CoV-2 in Wuhan, China in 2021.

Also taking place on Friday will be the Innovations Plenary, “First, do no harm… to yourself and why neuroscience helps”, presented by A/Prof Caryl Barnes. Currently a Senior Staff Specialist in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital, A/Prof Barnes has a specific role providing psychiatric support to the inpatients and staff on the State-wide Burns Unit. In addition, A/Prof Barnes was the subject matter expert for Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing team at Black Dog Institute for over 13 years, has been a panel member for the NSW Medical Board Impaired Registrants Program and an occasional member for NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).

On Saturday 5 March, Professor Timothy Hughes will present the Eva Raik Memorial Oration, “Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia: Closing in on the Target”. Prof Hughes is the Precision Medicine Theme Leader at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI); Beat Cancer Professor at the University of Adelaide and Consultant Haematologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He is also Chair of the International Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Foundation (iCMLf) and an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS).

CEO and Managing Director of Sonic Healthcare, Dr Colin Goldschmidt will present in the Innovations Plenary on Sunday 6 March with his presentation, “Medical Leadership in Pathology”. After practicing as an anatomic pathologist for six years, Dr Goldschmidt became CEO of Sonic in 1993 and has led Sonic’s global expansion by committing the company to a model of Medical Leadership, which incorporates unique professional, operational, and cultural attributes.

Pathology Update takes place from Friday 4 - Sunday 6 March 2022. Online registration is open at:

Early Bird and Roche E- Scientific Poster display submissions close on Friday 4 February 2022.



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