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Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Page: 8147

Senator URQUHART (TasmaniaOpposition Whip in the Senate) (15:41): At the request of Senators Bilyk, Polley and Brown, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 14 November 2018 is International Pathology Day,

(ii) 35,000 people work in Australia's pathology industry, conducting 500 million pathology tests each year,

(iii) 70% of medical treatment decisions and 100% of cancer diagnoses rely on pathology,

(iv) International Pathology Day coincides with World Diabetes Day, and

(v) early detection of conditions, like kidney disease and diabetes, improves medical outcomes and, in the case of diabetes, can halve treatment costs; and

(b) encourages all members and senators to understand and appreciate the key role pathology has in Australia's health care system.

Question agreed to.