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President’s Report

Welcome to the Australasian Division of the IAP newsletter. First let me extend to Richard Scolyer our thanks for his excellent stewardship of the division during his term as President and secondly our congratulations for leading an excellent Annual Scientific Meeting.  Richard I hope will continue to have an active involvement in the Division through his ongoing role on the organising committee for the World Congress to be held in Sydney in 2022 which will be the biggest task and

VIP guests challenge for our Division in many years.  Congratulations also to Jane Dahlstrom in gaining the President-Elect role at the recent ASM; Jane too will be a key player in the ongoing organisation for 2022.  We are delighted that our current divisional treasurer Trishe Leong has agreed to take over Jane's role as Vice-President for Australasia and represent our division in the workings of the worldwide IAP organisation. Nomination forms for a successor for Trishe's role as treasurer of our division have gone out and I would commend this role to anyone who is keen to take a more active part in the life and workings of our Division.

Richard, Uma and Debbie led the team organising the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Division which was held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney from the 2nd to the 4th of June.  Registration numbers at 635 were stellar.

Number of delegates registered for Friday - 445

Number of delegates registered for Saturday - 505

Number of delegates registered for Sunday – 451

The international keynote speakers were very well received and included Dr Jason Hornick (USA) who presented lectures and slide seminars on soft tissue pathology, Dr Marisa Nucci (USA) who presented onmasterclass gynaecological pathology and Dr Alexander Lazar (USA) who presented the Plenary Lecture on molecular pathology. Our masterclass presenters this year were Dr Fiona Maclean and Dr Alexander Lazar.  Dr Anthony Gill  delivered a brilliant Vincent McGovern lecture that was a lovely combination of humor, science and food for thought.  The Distinguished Pathologist Medal for 2017 was awarded to Associate Professor David Ellis whose contributions to our Division and to pathology on the worldwide stage have been enormous.                                                       

My thanks to all the convenors for our Friday program which is now well established as a popular third  day at our ASM as the above registration number demonstrate. 

Similar to last year Prof Gelareh Farshid convened and coordinated the poster presentations along with a new review committee of A/Prof Priyanthi Kumarasinghe, Prof Andrew Gill and Dr Annabelle Mahar. There were some 74 abstract  submissions this year. I thank Dr Farshid and the review committee for their work.This year the winners of the Abstract/Poster awards were as follows:


For the Pathologist category, the First Prize of $500 cash was awarded to the Abstract/Poster


Authors: Te Whiti Rogers, Alpha Tsui, Michael Gonzales

Department of Anatomical Pathology. Royal Melbourne Hospital. Parkville. Victoria


Commendations went to the following 2 Abstracts/Posters


T. N. Gide1,2, C. Quek1,2, J. Madore1,2, A. M. Menzies1,2,3,4, R. Dent1, M. S. Carlino1,5, A. Guminski1,2,3, R. P.M. Saw1,2,6, J. F. Thompson1,2,6, R. A. Scolyer*1,2,6 , G. V. Long*1,2,3,4 and J. S. Wilmott*1,2

1Melanoma Institute Australia, North Sydney, Australia

2Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

3Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia

4Mater Hospital, North Sydney, Australia

5Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals, Sydney, Australia

6Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia

*contributed equally to this work



C Leslie, T Giardina, C Robinson, C Thomas, G Cull, C Grove, J Dass, D Spagnolo, B Amanuel

Department of Anatomical Pathology, PathWest Laboratory Medicine, QEII Medical Centre, Nedlands, Western Australia


For the Registrar category, the First Prize of $500 cash was awarded to the Abstract/Poster


Patton KA1, Menon N1, Cheah K2, Hillery S2, Stewart CJ2, Van Vliet C1, Amanuel B1,3, Combrinck M1,SpagnoloDV1,3, Kumarasinghe MP1,3

1. Department of Anatomical Pathology, PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, QEII Medical Centre, Perth, Australia

2. Department of Anatomical Pathology, Australian Clinical Laboratories (St John of God Pathology), Subiaco, Australia

3. University of Western Australia, School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Perth, Australia.

Commendations went to the following 2 Abstracts/Posters


Green C1Lim W2,Spagnolo D1,3, Rajakaruna R1, Acott N1,Wong D1,3

1Anatomical Pathology, PathWest, QEII Medical Centre, Perth, Australia, 2Department of Renal Medicine, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Australia, 3The University of Western Australia, School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Perth, Australia



L. Downs1, C. Leslie1, D. Houghton1, B. Amanuel1

1PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, Nedlands, Australia

Congratulations to the winners


We had 16 Sponsors and Exhibitors this year which included our Platinum Sponsor Sonic Healthcare and Gold Sponsor Leica. I thank them for their enormous support which was a major factor for the success of our meeting. 

This year, our Division sponsored four pathologists/registrars to attend our ASM. Two from the Philippines, one from Myanmar (Burma) and one from Malaysia. This  form of bursary will continue next year as well.  Moreover, we are planning to webcast our ASM educational programs to the neighbouring countries in the Asia-Pacific region to allow participation in our ASM  by colleagues from under resourced areas.

Our 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting will be held again at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour from June 1 – June 3, 2018.  Please note the dates in your diary.

Keynote Speakers include:

Dr David J Grignon MD.  -University of Western Ontario, Canada who will present on Urological Pathology

Dr Lester D.R. Thompson, MD. -Woodlands Hills Medical Center, California, USA who will present on Head & Neck Pathology

Dr Ronda K Yantiss, MD. -Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA who will present on Gastrointestinal Pathology

More information will be available on the website in the coming months.

For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Secretariat staff at

Thank you all for your ongoing support of the Division; please continue to be ambassadors for the Division and encourage your colleague and trainees to join and take part in all that we have to offer

Peter Bethwaite

President of the Australasian Division of the IAP


Access to ASM 2017 Educational Materials

If you attended the 2017 ASM, you should have received the password to enable you to access this material. If not, please contact the Secretariat staff at in order to receive your password.

These are the steps to access the handouts and the various speakers’ presentations.

  1. Visit our website
  2. Go to  ASM 2017 Educational Materials on the right side of the page.
  3. Click  Registrants’ access to ASM 2017 materials
  4. Choose the day you attended and enter the password provided to you.
  5. You can access the handouts and also the speakers’ presentations for that day.

If you wish to access the slide scanning images.  Follow the 1st and 2nd steps stated above and click the Slide scanning sessions.


Bursaries for ASM 2017

Bursary Applications for Pathologists/Registrars to attend the 2017 ASM are open from 1 Sep 2017

The Australasian Division of the International Academy of Pathology is looking to financially support up to four anatomical pathologists/trainee pathologists from developing countries in our region who would not otherwise be able to attend this meeting. The meeting will be held in Sydney from Friday June 1, 2018 to Sunday June 3, 2018 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

The sponsorship grant would include a single return economy airfare, accommodation organized by IAP, complimentary registration for the full course of the meeting, a ticket to the Welcome Cocktail Reception on Friday the 1st of June and a small cash allowance for expenses.

It is a requirement that if you accept the grant, you will need to attend all three days of the meeting and afterwards provide the executive committee with a short report outlining your assessment of its worth to you.

Applications from interested Trainees/Pathologists should be forwarded to and should include a curriculum vitae.

All applications should reach the above email address by October 30th, 2017.

Applications will be reviewed by the Executive of the Australasian Division of the IAP and a decision made regarding the successful applicants as soon as they are available.

Applicants who have been offered any scholarships/grants by any division of the International Academy of Pathology or by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in the last 3 years are ineligible to apply.

For Application forms please click below.


IAP-Australasia Committee News

Executive Committee

  • Dr Peter Bethwaite takes appointment as the President for the period 2017-2019
  • Prof Richard Scolyer remains in the Executive as Immediate Past President
  • Dr Fiona Maclean remains in the Executive as Honoary Secretary
  • Prof Jane Dahlstrom takes nomination as the President-Elect (2017-2019) and President for 2019-2021
  • Prof Soon Lee completes his board term as Immediate Past President
  • Prof Jane Dahlstrom currently remains as Vice President for the Australasia Region representing the International Council of the IAP
  • A/Prof Trishe Leong currently remains as the Honorary Treasurer


New South Wales / ACT:        A/Prof Wendy Cooper  and Dr Parastoo Irandoost 

Victoria:                                  Prof Richard Williams

Queensland:                            Prof Hemamali Samaratunga

South Australia:                      Dr David Moffat

Tasmania:                                Dr Peter Jessup

New Zealand                           Dr Cynric Temple-Camp

Western Australia:                   Dr Benhur Amanuel


Prof Hans Konrad Muller (1937 - 2017)

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the recent death of Professor Konrad Muller just a few weeks after his 80th birthday.

K Muller

 Kon was a pathologist, academic and medical educator       of extraordinary ability. He served the College in many   roles including a term as President and he was a tireless   supporter and worker for the IAP.  He served this division over   many years including as President and represented us with   great distinction on the world IAP stage including a term as   World IAP President 2006-2008.  Kon’s legacy lives on in   many aspects of Division and especially through the large   number of  pathologists he encouraged to enter the discipline   and whom he supported, mentored and inspired.



Other News items

At the annual meeting of the French Division of the IAP held in Lyon May 17-20, 2017 two Gold Medals were presented. The first to Christiane Bailly who had produced a very successful Bulletin for the Robin CookeDivision for 30 years.

The second to Robin Cooke for services to the French Division especially via the News Bulletin of the IAP since 1980.



Photo: The presentation was made by Francis Jaubert, a leading paediatric pathologist, former President of the French Division of IAP and former President of the IAP. In the background, Christiane Bailly is admiring her gold medal.


Upcoming Events

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June 2017 - July 218 Subscription

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Becoming a member of the IAP-Australasia

The International Academy of Pathology is the largest professional body of pathologists worldwide and has over 60 divisions throughout the world. Meetings are held in many countries throughout the year that are of interest to all members.

The Australasian division aims to foster education, research and advance knowledge in pathology and our Annual Scientific Meeting is a major focus.  Membership funds are necessary to run the division and to both ensure a successful annual meeting and support other activities of the division.

Membership of the Australasian division entitles you to:

  1. A discounted registration rate not only to our Annual Scientific Meetings but also to attend any of the meetings of other IAP divisions.
  2. Access to educational materials in the members only section of the new IAP website (
  3. Discounted subscriptions to the journals Modern Pathology and Laboratory Investigation
  4. Receive newsletters which will provide you with an overview of our current activities and keep you up to date of upcoming educational activities.
  5. Support the education of pathologists and trainees in the Asia-Pacific Region including the provision of the Annual Pathology Symposium in Fiji and through a number of bursaries for pathologists from the Asia-Pacific region to attend our Annual Scientific Meeting

Becoming an IAP Member is a simple process. If you are an Anatomical pathologist/registrar wishing to become a member of the Australasian Division of the IAP, just complete the attached Application form with the payment details and email it to  Once a member, annual renewal of your membership is necessary to maintain your membership status.

We also encourage you to invite your colleagues to become members of the IAP. Application forms are available in our website

If you have any questions regarding our membership, please email our Secretariat Staff at

Becoming an IAP member will give you the sense of pride we share in belonging to this long established charity organisation.

To download the Application form, please click here.