Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - UP SKILL - Re­becca Dargie

THE red stuff tells us pretty much ev­ery­thing and most med­i­cal treat­ments these days start with pathol­ogy.

An in­dus­try qual­i­fi­ca­tion is a valu­able as­set for peo­ple.

TAFE’s Cer­tifi­cate III in Pathol­ogy is an en­try level qual­i­fi­ca­tion for peo­ple who want to work in pathol­ogy col­lec­tion, and also pro­vides skills that would al­low them to as­sist in a pathol­ogy lab.

The course cov­ers blood col­lec­tion, in­fec­tion con­trol and first aid, as well as more generic units re­lat­ing to gen­eral skills such as work­ing as part of a team and ba­sic health and safety.

Course teacher Paul Arm­son said peo­ple who work in Spec­i­men col­lec­tion of­fi­cer Pathol­ogy as­sis­tant Lab­o­ra­tory aid Spec­i­men re­cep­tion as­sis­tant Pathol­ogy col­lec­tor Op­er­a­tional of­fi­cer, test­ing pathol­ogy or in lab­o­ra­tory work need to be very sys­tem­atic and pay great at­ten­tion to de­tail.

“This course leaves you work-ready and this is a grow­ing area,” he said.

“Em­ploy­ers in sci­en­tific fields pre­fer peo­ple who can show ini­tia­tive.

“In this par­tic­u­lar role it’s im­por­tant to be able to deal with anx­ious (peo­ple) and to show em­pa­thy.”

Pathol­ogy needs a sys­tem­atic ap­proach to work.

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