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Mr. David Spence

Mr. David Spence

A/Director of Operations

Darug. Mr. David Spence

David is the Act­ing Direc­tor of Oper­a­tions, NSW Health Pathol­o­gy West. David over­sees strat­e­gy, per­for­mance and oper­a­tions for lab­o­ra­to­ries sit­u­at­ed with­in West­ern Syd­ney LHD (West­mead ICPMR, Black­town, Auburn, Mt Druitt) and Nepean Blue Moun­tains LHD (Nepean, Blue Moun­tains, Lith­gow). David’s sub­stan­tive posi­tion is Oper­a­tions Man­ag­er , NSW Health Pathol­o­gy Hunter, where he was based in New­cas­tle and was respon­si­ble for per­for­mance and oper­a­tions for lab­o­ra­to­ries sit­u­at­ed with­in the Hunter to Man­ning geo­graph­i­cal areas. David has also been the Act­ing Direc­tor of Oper­a­tions for North for a peri­od of 15 months dur­ing the ini­tial peri­od of the COVID-19 pandemic.

David has 30 years of expe­ri­ence in pub­lic Pathol­o­gy hav­ing com­menced his career as a Trainee in a mul­ti-dis­ci­pline region­al lab­o­ra­to­ry. He has worked in all dis­ci­plines before set­tling in Micro­bi­ol­o­gy and then pro­gress­ing into management.


Anatomical Pathology Chemical Pathology Genomics Haematology Immunology Microbiology Pre and Post-Analytical Transfusion


Anatomical Pathology

Our anatomical pathologists examine tissue and cells taken from patients to diagnose a wide variety of diseases, including cancer.

Chemical Pathology

Our chemical pathologists analyse chemicals in our body fluids and tissues to help diagnose and manage disease. They play a unique dual role of doctor-scientist, looking at changes in human body chemistry for screening, diagnosis, prognosis and management.


Our haematologists help diagnose and treat blood diseases and cancers.


Our immunologists help us better understand and treat diseases of the human immune system.


Our microbiologists and virologists are critical to NSW public health and emergency responses to pathogen-borne disease, and their expertise is recognised world-wide.

Pre and Post-Analytical

This is the process that happens before and after specimens reach our labs for testing, providing vital links between pathology requests, diagnostic testing and results.


Our transfusion service is critical to the operation of emergency and in-patient care across NSW.

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