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28th May, 2024

Our stall at the Central Coast Careers Pathway Expo earlier this year was a hit for high school students from around the region.

Dynam­ic duo Claire Pad­gett and Lara Bas­sell from our Gos­ford lab­o­ra­to­ry and col­lec­tion cen­tre worked the NSW Health Pathol­o­gy stall at the April event which attract­ed 3,000 stu­dents from 22 schools.

For many stu­dents pon­der­ing life after high school, the lure of a career in pathol­o­gy was an entic­ing prospect with Lara and Claire field­ing ques­tions from stu­dents all day.

“Many stu­dents were inter­est­ed to find out what we did in the lab­o­ra­to­ry in gen­er­al, as well as what dif­fer­ent depart­ments we had,” said Lara, who works in Haema­tol­ogy at the Gos­ford lab.

“The stu­dents were also very inter­est­ed to watch Claire’s demon­stra­tion on col­lec­tion tech­niques and were amazed with how it all worked.”

Stu­dents were keen to learn about the dif­fer­ent path­ways to get into a career in lab­o­ra­to­ry science.

Lara’s path to pathol­o­gy is just one exam­ple of the many ways to pur­sue a career in the lab.

“I stud­ied a Bach­e­lor of Med­ical Sci­ence Pathol­o­gy, part-time by dis­tance through Charles Sturt Uni­ver­si­ty, while rais­ing 3 young chil­dren and work­ing part-time.”

And for those stu­dents con­sid­er­ing tak­ing the leap into life in pathol­o­gy, her advice is simple.

“I would say go for it!” she said.

“Soci­ety will always need pathol­o­gy services.

“A career in sci­ence and pathol­o­gy is so reward­ing as we are help­ing to save lives, and every day is interesting.”


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