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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!