Dr Helen Wordsworth






Special practice responsibilities

Deputy CEO Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology

Chair of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Executive Advisory Committee

Member of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Risk Management Committee


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Special interests

Cytogenetics, coagulation, haematology, malignant haematology







Dr Helen Wordsworth is a senior haematologist at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Brisbane where she reports across all areas of haematology and provides consultative advice to many referring clinicians as well as her colleagues across the practice.

As Deputy CEO of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, she also plays a key role in the executive oversight of the practice – one of Australia’s largest diagnostic testing laboratories and its most geographically spread. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she has extensive experience that encompasses not only diagnostic testing and clinical practice, but also organisational management and leadership. She is passionate about driving better outcomes for patients, doctors and their communities and enjoys the opportunity for big picture thinking to find solutions to the challenges of delivering a high quality pathology service in a complex environment.  She assumes the role of CEO in the absence of Dr Michael Harrison and is Chair of the Executive Advisory Committee where she leads a consultative forum that sets strategic goals and advises on significant operational issues. She sits on the Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Risk Management Committee, established to monitor and manage risk and compliance.

Dr Wordsworth is also a clinical haematologist visiting the Princess Alexandra Hospital where she attends two large outpatient clinics: the Lymphoma Clinic and the Myeloma Clinic and takes part in regular multidisciplinary team meetings where lymphoma cases are discussed. She is a co-investigator on numerous haematology clinical trials being conducted at the hospital.

Dr Wordsworth graduated in Medicine from The University of Queensland in 1988 and undertook her medical internship at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Her interest in haematology developed during her physician training. She found it appealing that haematological research was able to be quickly translated into clinical practice and improvements made to patient care, and that advances in haematology led to insights and improvements in other areas of medicine. She went on to advanced training in haematology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Royal Brisbane Hospital and was awarded dual fellowships of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1998. She joined Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology in 1999.

Dr Wordsworth has a long-held interest in training new generations of pathologists and established haematology registrar training at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology. She was supervisor of training of the haematology registrars attached to the laboratory until 2018. She is an examiner in haematology for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

She has memberships of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis; the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand; the European Haematology Association; and the International Society of Laboratory Haematology.

Dr Wordsworth plays an active role in maintaining professional standards and holds many external appointments. She is Chair of the Haematology Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia; and a member of the ministerially-appointed National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC). She is a technical assessor for the National Association of Testing Authorities and a member of its Medical Testing Accreditation Advisory Committee.

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