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Ms. Vanessa Thomson

Ms. Vanessa Thomson

Director of Scientific and Technical Strategy

Gumbaynggirr. Ms. Vanessa Thomson

Vanes­sa is an expe­ri­enced pathol­o­gy leader and man­ag­er. She has been respon­si­ble for oper­a­tional man­age­ment of sev­er­al lab­o­ra­to­ries, col­lec­tion cen­ters and lead­ing a pri­vate com­pa­ny. She has been in her role in NSW Health Pathol­o­gy since Oct 2018. Pri­or to this, she was the act­ing lab­o­ra­to­ry man­ag­er at a NSW Health Pathol­o­gy lab­o­ra­to­ry, and spent over 10 years work­ing in pri­vate pathol­o­gy in Aus­tralia large­ly in man­age­ment roles and about 20 years in pathol­o­gy in New Zealand and Nepal. Vanes­sa was look­ing for a new chal­lenge and to use her skill set and expe­ri­ence to make a dif­fer­ence at a strate­gic lev­el. She is a Fel­low of NZIMLS, Mem­ber of AIMS, has advo­cat­ed for the pathol­o­gy pro­fes­sion for over 30 years and want­ed to con­tin­ue this advo­ca­cy for sci­en­tif­ic and tech­ni­cal health pro­fes­sion­als as a pathol­o­gy leader. Vanes­sa works col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly with all port­fo­lios in NSWHP and at all lev­els of the orgainisation.


Anatomical Pathology Chemical Pathology Corporate & Support Services Genomics Haematology Immunology Microbiology Point of Care Testing Pre and Post-Analytical Public Health Pathology Research 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.

Corporate & Support Services

Supports delivery of efficient, effective and transparent services. Includes legal, risk management, internal audit, policy, privacy, records management and GIPA (freedom of information) functions.


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.

Public Health Pathology

A statewide service delivering a coordinated response for all NSW notifiable diseases in collaboration with the NSW Ministry of Health.


Every day, our NSW Health Pathology colleagues take part in innovative research to improve public health and safety.


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

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