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Pathologists are experts in the nature, causes and processes of diseases. Over 70% of all diagnoses involve pathology tests. Pathologists provide the evidence to diagnose cancers, infectious diseases and diseases such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Pathologists play an important role in blood transfusion services as well as solving tough cases using tissue testing including blood, body secretions and tissue samples to determine the cause of illness or death.

Pathologists work in laboratories predominately in large public or private practices or hospitals. They are exposed to most aspects of medical practice and work very closely with scientists, laboratory technicians and other medical specialists. 

In order to become a qualified pathologist a degree in medicine is required, followed by a minimum of two years in practice and a 5 year specialised pathology training course.