How we can help you
There’s plenty of evidence to show that people who take an active role in their healthcare have better outcomes and recover more quickly from illness. If you or someone close to you is ill, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by all the information you receive. Sometimes not all of it sinks in.
We can help by providing all you need to know about the pathology tests that will be used diagnose, treat and manage any illness you have. We can be here for you whenever you need that information. We believe that by knowing what lies ahead, you can be better prepared.
We can help if you if you:
- have been asked to have tests
- have a diagnosis but aren’t sure what lies ahead
- are managing a chronic illness
- are caring for someone having tests
- are a health professional looking for information to pass on to a patient or seeking a quick resource for yourself
- are a student looking for broad information on a test
What are you looking for?
On every page throughout this website you’ll find a blue Search box that expands into four more search boxes labelled 'KEYWORD', ‘TEST NAME’, ‘CONDITIONS’ and ‘HEALTH CHECK’.
Use this search function if you know the names of the tests you are having. We use a predictive search algorithm based on our database of tests and conditions, so expect some help if you are not sure about the actual test name or spelling.
This enables you to browse a list of our extensive library of test information. Find out why a test might be performed and how the results might be used. We also explain what kind of sample or specimen is required and give answers to some commonly asked questions.
If you know the name of your illness and the tests that you may have to diagnose and manage it, go to this search box.
Also known as screening tests, these are the tests that are performed if you have no symptoms but could be at risk of a disease or condition. Examples are bowel cancer and breast cancer. We have grouped the screening tests according to age - newborn, infants, children, young adults, adults, adults 50+ and the tests used during pregnancy.
If you’re looking for easy-access information or a quick read
You’ll find all the key points about your test on a single sheet – what they do, why your doctor may have ordered them and what the results might mean
We offer short videos and animations that explain some of the most common tests, results and procedures.
If you have come across an unfamiliar word go to our glossary where you’ll find an extensive list of medical and scientific terms.
From our Home Page you can find
Up-to-date information about testing for COVID-19, including what happens when you get tested, types of tests, test accuracy, how to get your results, and symptom checker.
How to get a copy of your results from your doctor, clinic or My Health Record, what if your results are late, can you get your specimen back, and much more.
More people are getting their test results from their doctor or My Health Record. Some tips on deciphering them with the help of example forms.
Reference intervals are a way of assessing your test results. You’ll find them on your results form. This is what they are.
These are the tests that you may encounter during a consultation with your doctor, at a clinic or in hospital, or else the routine tests you can do at home. They give on-the-spot results and don’t need to go to a laboratory for processing.
If you and your doctor are registered with My Health Record, your test reports will be added to your online record seven days after your doctor has received them unless you ask for them not to be uploaded.
You play an important role in ensuring your test results are accurate. It is important you do everything you can to make sure the information you provide is correct and that you follow instructions closely. Here, you’ll find some useful information to help you prepare for your tests.
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Last Review Date: January 2, 2022