Given Mater’s broad range of on-site medical specialties, pathologist and scientific expertise cover all patient demographic groups—adult, maternity, paediatric and neonatal—and a wide range of specialist services and medical disciplines. All services are client-focused and include:

  • analytical testing
  • results interpretation by medical and scientific experts
  • clinical consultation by specialist pathologists
  • professional support for education (many of the professional staff carry the honorary title of Professor or Associate Professor)
  • support for research and clinical trials with ethics approval.

Committed to excellence in diagnostic and consultative services, Mater pathologists along with their scientific and technical staff are highly skilled with a broad spectrum of unique pathology expertise, so patients can be confident they are receiving exceptional care.

Anatomic Pathology

  • histology
  • cytology
  • autopsy

Chemical Pathology

  • routine biochemistry
  • hormone testing
  • metabolic markers
  • tumour markers
  • neonatal testing
  • special protein investigations
  • therapeutic drug monitoring and pharmacokinetic advisory service
  • gene sequencing


  • constitutional abnormalities
  • bone marrow
  • prenatal testing
  • molecular testing including FISH and SNP microarray


  • Molecular Karyotyping: Micro-array based mapping of DNA copy number and homozygosity blocks. Test request is through Cytogenetics.


  • routine haematology
  • oncology
  • coagulation
  • bone marrow pathology
  • molecular genetics


  • Diagnosis of immunodeficiency diseases (chronic granulomatis disease etc)
  • Diagnosis of autoimmunity diseases (systemic lupus erythematosus etc)
  • Diagnosis of hypersensitivity diseases (allergies etc)


  • Bacteriology
    • microscopy
    • culture
    • identification of organisms and antibiotic susceptibility testing
    • detection of bacterial antigens
  • Parasitology
    • preparation and examination of wet preparations and stains
    • identification of parasites
    • detection of parasitic antigens
  • Mycology
    • microscopy
    • culture
    • identification of fungi and antifungal susceptibility testing
  • Detection and characterisation of microbial DNA/RNA
    • detection of bacterial DNA/RNA
    • detection of viral DNA/RNA
  • Tests on clinical non-human specimens
    • environmental investigations – spore strips, air strips
    • nosocomial infections – MRSA, VRE, Acinetobacter, VISA, ESBLs


  • Detection of antibodies in blood/body fluids in infection and immune disorders
  • Detection of antigens in blood/body fluids in infection and immune disorders

Molecular Genetics

Transfusion Medicine Microbiology and Serology Immunology

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