[Histonet] overseas jobs

Anthony Reilly Tony_Reilly <@t> health.qld.gov.au
Thu Feb 26 18:32:27 CST 2009

Hello Joe
This is an interesting question following on from all of the discussion recently about uncertified techs.  In Australia you need tertiary qualifications to work in a technical position in Histology.  Histologists are regarded and paid at the same level as all other staff working in medical pathology laboratories.  There are 2 levels of staff with those people with an Associate Diploma called Laboratory Technicians and those with a degree called Medical Scientists ( a little extra pay) generally, though the names can vary a little from region to region.  Most Scientists have done a B.Sc in Medical Laboratory Science which involves studying Histology, Haematology, Biochemistry, Blood Transfusion Medicine,  Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Studies and qualifies the graduate to work in any of these fields and I have known a number of people including my wife who have changed vocation more than once in their working life.  She started in Microbiology had 8 years in Histology including EM moved to Haematology for a few years and now runs a smaller multiskilled laboratory where she does Haematology, Blood Banking, Biochemistry and limited Microbiology on a daily basis.  The first 7 years of my working life were spent in Histology during the day and on the on-call roster for nights and weekends to do Haematology, Blood Banking, Biochemistry and  Microbiology.  Hence the equal status with other disciplines.
To get back to your original question she would need firstly to get a work visa as in my organisation (public government laboratory) we are not permitted to interview anybody who does not have a work visa and we can not arrange for people to get them.  Secondly she would need to get her qualifications assessed by either a government body or our institute
the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).  Their website can be found on the net.  If she is graded at degree level she can be employed as a Medical Scientist, if assessed at Diploma level employed as  a Technician but if it is assessed below that level such as a certificate she could only be employed as a Laboratory Assistant. ( much less pay)
I hope this is useful.  
P.S. I always enjoy your insightful contributions to the Histonet.
Tony Reilly

Chief Scientist
Anatomical Pathology
Pathology Queensland
Level 1, Building 15
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Ipswich Rd, 
Woolloongabba Q 4102
Ph: 07 32402412
Fax:07 32402930
tony_reilly <@t> health.qld.gov.au

>>> "JoeNocito" <jnocito <@t> satx.rr.com> 27/02/2009 9:41 am >>>
Howdy Histo land,

I'm posting this message for one of my current students. She graduates in
August from the Histology program and wants to know what the job market is
overseas, especially in the U.K. Any ideas? What will she have to do to be
able to work in Europe or Australia? Thanks for your time.


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