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A fond farewell to pathology after 48 years

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27th September, 2022

A successful career in pathology came to an end recently for Shan Tredinnick, a hospital scientist at NSW Health Pathology’s Orange Laboratory. She has retired after 48 years in the health sector, including 35 years with NSWHP, leaving a lasting legacy for those she has helped to train over the decades.

After 48 years work­ing in the health sec­tor, hos­pi­tal sci­en­tist Shan Tredin­nick has hung up her lab coat and cel­e­brat­ed her retire­ment with col­leagues at NSW Health Pathology’s Orange Laboratory.

She began her career at Orange Base Hos­pi­tal in Cen­tral West NSW in 1974.

Shan says she did­n’t real­ly know what the job would be but loved it from the moment she set foot in the laboratory.

Over the years, she has worked in the pri­vate sec­tor in var­i­ous loca­tions, Shoal­haven Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal in Nowra, Grif­fith, Bathurst and then return­ing to Orange where she has worked for the last 12 years.

As a mul­ti-skilled sci­en­tist, Shan has worked in all depart­ments from Haema­tol­ogy to Chem­istry, Trans­fu­sion, and Micro­bi­ol­o­gy.

“In lat­er years my pas­sion was Haema­tol­ogy Mor­phol­o­gy,” she said.

“I loved train­ing mem­bers of staff in the review of blood films.

“It gave me great sat­is­fac­tion to see my staff grow in con­fi­dence as they improved their skills.”

She also served as chair­per­son of the South West divi­sion of the Aus­tralian Insti­tute of Med­ical and Clin­i­cal Sci­en­tists (AIMS) from 2004 to 2016, coor­di­nat­ing con­fer­ences each year and net­work­ing with com­pa­nies, speak­ers and lab staff from across NSW.

Shan is now hop­ing to find time to trav­el, get back to the gym and swim­ming pool, and indulge in crafts like lead­light­ing, knit­ting, sewing, and quilting.

We wish her all the best for her retirement!


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