Dr MARJORIE O'NEILL (Coogee) (21:24:12): I celebrate and recognise the pathologists and pathology services across the electorate of Coogee and New South Wales. On International Pathology Day we look to build awareness and highlight the fundamental and essential role of pathology in the healthcare system and in our community. This year has placed an unprecedented amount of pressure on our pathology services and our pathology professionals have risen to every challenge. The entire healthcare system has been able to wisely use the knowledge gained from COVID-19 testing to locate the virus and protect the community. As a result of the amazing work of our pathology professionals, along with our public health unit at Randwick, the Eastern Suburbs have been able to track and trace every local case, keeping people safe and our economy open. Never before has pathology testing made such a contribution to the wellbeing of the community as it has this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that we take the opportunity to thank and celebrate all those who work within the pathology community for their tireless and essential work.
10 November 2020