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Pathology Collector

Also known as Specimen Collector.

Extracts, collects, labels and preserves blood and other specimens from patients for laboratory analysis.


Tasks Include:


  • operating equipment used in diagnosing and monitoring disorders of the heart, kidneys, nervous system and hearing, and in anaesthesia
  • undertaking and assisting with medical analytical procedures and assisting Anaesthetists and surgical teams
  • recording the electrical activity of the heart, from which the heart rate is measured and pattern and rhythm interpreted
  • taking, collecting and labelling blood, urine and other samples from patients
  • preparing and staining slides and tissue sections for blood and histological examination
  • performing diagnostic tests on tissues and body fluids and analysing the chemical constituents of blood, urine, faeces and tissues
  • testing for diseases by looking for the presence of antibodies and the products of immune response in samples
  • setting up, checking and maintaining operating theatres, anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associated equipment
Specialisations
  • Blood Collector
Job prospects for in Victoria

Employment prospects
There are currently 7,700 Medical Technicians in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this relatively large occupation is expected to grow. Employment prospects for the next five years are strong.

Average weekly wage
$1,154.90

Hourly earnings
$29.80

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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