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Meet Sanjaya

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9th May, 2023

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.


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