We are an iconic provider of hospital-based healthcare, striving to deliver an exceptional standard of care
We comprise several hospitals, health centres, a nationally accredited education provider and a world-class research institute
We are a nationally accredited, hospital-based Registered Training Organisation - the only one of its kind in Queensland
We are part of a collaborative research institute with The University of Queensland and founding partner of the Translational Research Institute
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Mater Pathology operates a highly sophisticated, state-of-the-art pathology laboratory featuring specialist medical, scientific and technical staff. The expertise of our staff means we can offer complete routine and specialised pathology services.
All of our profits are reinvested into advancing treatment options and improving care outcomes for our patients through Health, Education and Research.
Our price list outlines the most commonly requested non-Medicare rebateable tests performed by Mater Pathology to provide you and your patients with an assurance of the total costs.
View the latest Medicare Pathology Item Limit guidelines and information.
To request a test please complete a Mater Pathology Request Form.
To ensure your practice is fully stocked, we have developed a Stores Ordering Form for your convenience. Please complete a request form and send it with your regular Mater Pathology courier or fax to 07 3163 2122.
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The following reference sites are available to assist you with choosing the correct test, and provide clarity around the collection requirements:
If you have a question please contact our team on 07 3163 7500. You can also visit our online resources to view, print or download information sheets and find further information on our tests.
Anatomical Pathology offers a range of high level expertise across a wide spectrum of histopathology, including routine and tertiary level teaching hospital expertise.
Our vastly experienced anatomical team meticulously provide:
We also offer a complete range of cytopathology services including:
We welcome all referrals, large or small, and appreciate the chance to play a role in guiding patient management for the best outcome for individual patients.
Meet our team of anatomical pathologists
The Mater Pathology Chemical Pathology laboratory is staffed by a highly experienced team of pathologists and scientists and offers a comprehensive array of routine and complex testing to a number of private hospitals across Brisbane and to the local community. We serve as a reference laboratory for several highly specialised tests Australia-wide, and provide significant support for research and clinical trials.
Our routine service encompasses:
We also offer a specific range of specialised tests, including comprehensive chromatography and mass spectrometry services:
Our expert team of pathologists are available for consultation on all aspects of Chemical Pathology, including the investigation of inborn errors of metabolism.
Meet our team of chemical pathologists
The Cytogenetics laboratory at Mater Pathology provides a comprehensive suite of testing for the diagnosis of chromosome rearrangements by both conventional karyotyping methodology and molecular based technologies.
Several of our scientific team hold additional qualifications and memberships with the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA), including two Fellowships.
Result interpretation and testing advice is available from our FHGSA accredited scientists and genetic pathologists.
Diagnostic testing is performed on:
Karyotyping is performed either by conventional methodology or by molecular karyotype using a SNP based microarray platform. Molecular karyotyping provides a much higher resolution, genome-wide analysis enabling detection of subtle rearrangements not possible at the conventional karyotype resolution. Microarray testing is considered the gold standard method in the diagnosis of patients with developmental delay, intellectual disability or multiple congenital abnormalities. In addition, this test does not rely of tissue culture methodology and allows a much greater success rate for products of conception samples.
Fluorescent In Situ Hybridisation (FISH) testing is also performed on all of the above samples, as clinically indicated. This test is particularly useful for the rapid diagnosis of common aneuploidies, microdeletion syndromes such as the 22q microdeletion, and for the detection of cancer gene rearrangements. FISH testing can also be performed on paraffin embedded tissue (FFPE FISH) when no fresh tissue is available; For example, fixed tissue samples of tumour and products of conception.
Mater Pathology offers a comprehensive range of genetic testing, including:
Mater Pathology's Haematology laboratory is home to a large team of highly experienced and dedicated haematopathologists and haematology scientists.
Our team provides:
In addition to our comprehensive service, we offer a range of specialised tests including:
We run an efficient Warfarin management care clinic that cares for hundreds of patients. Our service to these patients includes regular communication with the GPs or specialists, instructions regarding diet and lifestyle, and after-hours calls (often by haematologists) when necessary.
Mater Pathology's Immunology laboratory covers a wide range of immunology, serology, molecular microbiology and haematological malignancy testing.
We offer a comprehensive screening for autoimmune and allergy testing with a partner laboratory:
Molecular screening for infectious diseases is performed on site with an approach based on innovative multiple PCRS:
We perform serological testing for antenatal screening, infectious diseases, immunisation status and sexually transmitted infections including:
Our experienced flow cytometry team can provide the following services:
The department is both TGA and NATA accredited.
We are supported by highly experienced pathologists across the diverse disciplines within the immunology department, who are readily available to provide advice and assist in the interpretation of results.
Mater Pathology's Microbiology laboratory comprises a dedicated team of highly qualified clinicians, scientists and support staff working together to deliver timely results significant to the diagnosis and management of infections in patients.
Services provided include:
Our new state-of-the-art laboratory and contemporary equipment enables us to provide comprehensive services as well as perform unique specialised testing including:
Meet our team of microbiologists
Mater Pathology does not charge any out of pockets for all Medicare rebateable items. Some Medicare rules, if not met, will trigger a bill for patients. These rules are specific to the test and often require specific statements by you to avoid any out of pocket charges.
Mater Pathology has significant arrangements with private health insurers to bill directly rather than sending the patient a bill. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions as to insurance providers where this applies.
Should patients receive a bill, it will usually be in relation to a non-Medicare rebateable test requested. You may outline the cost to the patient prior to collection, and our collection staff will provide details to the patient upon collection. If a patient opts not to progress with the test, you will be notified of that decision.
For any Mater Pathology account enquiries please contact 07 3163 8636 between 8 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday.
Mater Pathology has over 25 collection centres located throughout Brisbane and its surrounding communities.
For patients who have difficulty accessing our collection centres, we have a comprehensive home collection offering.
Additionally, a 24 hour collection service is available for outpatients through Mater Hospital Brisbane Emergency and Mater Private Emergency Care Centre. After 5 pm, patients can visit either of these locations and a phlebotomist will be contacted. We also have laboratories located in Mater Hospital Brisbane, Mater Private Hospital Springfield and St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Northside.
For the convenience of regular referring doctors, Mater Pathology offers a Warfarin care program for your patients. We operate the program from Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 6 pm and can be contacted on 07 3163 8378.
Mater Pathology services a wide range of nursing homes throughout the greater Brisbane area.
Why choose our aged care service?
Our team have a convenient, single contact phone number for all of your pathology enquiries—simply phone 07 3163 8500, day or night.
To view a list of resources developed by Mater Pathology specifically for the medical community, click here.
In order to enhance our added test service, we offer a fax option for ordering tests in addition to those originally requested on the patient's request form. This option offers a time-efficient way of dealing with your patient’s follow-up.
Rule 3 of the Pathology Services Table limits the benefits payable for pathology items during a single patient episode. Exemptions to this rule have been granted for certain specified tests in certain clinical circumstances. The exemption is referred to as ‘Rule 3 Exemption’.