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Get to know what work and life are like for Sanjaya in Regional NSW.
What is your position?
Technical Officer at the Griffith Laboratory. I’ve been with NSW Health Pathology for 7 years, and before that, I worked in private pathology in Sydney for 3 years.
Are you glad you made the move?
Yes, I am. And I’m happy here. It’s a lovely place and the working environment is really friendly.
I had hoped to work with NSW Health Pathology. That was my ambition. I wanted to learn more skills in a multidisciplinary core lab setting.
At other labs, you might only get experience in one area, such as chemistry and be fluent in that discipline. But here, you can work across multiple disciplines like our blood bank, chemistry, haematology and blood film morphology. Pretty much everything.
We have a great team here, really supportive.
How much of a difference will the new Griffith laboratory make day to day?
It will be new, bigger and a fresh start for us. We’ll also have more space and more instruments too which will make a difference. It’s exciting to have a brand new lab.
How has COVID changed things up a bit these last few years?
It has been busy, but because we worked closely as a team it was good. Everyone helped each other out and together we got the job done. That’s one of the best parts of a smaller, regional laboratory. It’s all hands-on deck when times are tough.
What made you want to have a career in pathology?
Pathology is all about people and giving better patient care. Pathology is responsible for 70% of patient diagnoses. Doctors depend on pathology. I wanted to study pathology and in fact I am still learning. You can’t stop studying. Pathology is evolving all the time, with new methods and new systems, it’s constantly changing, and you’re always learning.
What’s your favourite thing about living in the Griffith area?
This is a charming town. When I made the move from Sydney, I wasn’t expecting it to be this nice, but that’s why I’ve stayed here for 7 years. It has a big Italian community and great restaurants. My 5‑year-old daughter goes to a good local school. Even though it is far from big cities, as a family, we’ve got everything we need right here.