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Syzygy newsletter

Syzygy is a monthly newsletter that provides regular updates on timely and relevant pathology topics for clinicians.




In this edition


2023 December Syzygy
  • SNP service closures
  • Public holiday collections
  • CPD hours and enrolments
2023 November Syzygy
  • Cervical screening test: self-collection update
  • New MBS rebates for reproductive carrier screening
  • Prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing update
2023 August Syzygy
  • Fatty liver disease - what's in a name?
  • Not so little - lipoprotein (a)
  • A slick solution to recycling waste oil
  • Pathologist profile: Dr Caroline Bachmeier
2023 June Syzygy
  • Reproductive carrier screening – making it work in your practice
  • Sonic Edu – new platform, new content
  • Sustainability at SNP
  • Pathologist profile: Dr Nicholas Roetger
2023 May Syzygy
  • Helicobacter pylori - getting it right first time
  • Arsenic speciation testing
  • Pathologist profiles: Dr Aliya Azlan and Dr Patricia Renaut
2023 February Syzygy
  • Why you should consider vitamin B6 when treating a patient for peripheral neuropathy
  • Somatic (tumour) BRCA testing now available
  • Changes to CPD requirements for 2023-25
2022 December Syzygy
  • Introduction of our new e-learning patient education course - Reproductive Carrier Screening
  • Choose how you manage individual eOrder SMS messages
  • Neuroendocrine tumour marker testing update
  • 2022 Christmas service update
2022 September Syzygy
  • Diagnosing Legionella infections
  • Adopting industry best practice: standardisation in
    pathology reports
  • CST/HPV self-collections: September 2022 update
  • COVID-19 and respiratory virus PCR testing
2022 July Syzygy
  • Copeptin test for patients with polyuria-polydipsia syndromes
  • Better clinical management for salivary gland
    tumours with the Bethesda-style Milan reporting
  • Changes to HPV self-collections July 2022
  • Pathologist profile: Dr Tanya Robb
2022 June Syzygy
  • Introducing a new processes to HCV testing
  • Discussion on genome-wide NIPT
  • Information on upcoming changes to HPV self-collections
2022 April Syzygy
  • Important changes to antibiotic susceptibility reporting: Understanding the new meaning of ‘I’
  • Best Practice and Medical Director - start sending electronic pathology requests via SMS
  • Priority COVID-19 PCR testing for healthcare workers
  • Pathologist profile: Dr Marie Bertrand-Philippe

2022 February Syzygy

  • New year, new service: announcing our in-house cardiology services
  • New Medicare rebate for ABPM
  • ThyroSeq® v3—a new molecular test for thyroid nodules
  • Meet our cardiologists: Drs John Hill and Andrea Riha 

2021 December Syzygy

  • The centralisation of microbiology services at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
  • Having trouble finding the time for professional training? Sonic Education can help
  • Pathologist profile: Dr Teong Saw
  • Be prepared for Christmas

2021 November Syzygy

  • Comprehensive COVID-19 travel testing service now available
  • SNP expands NIPT testing capacity
  • New genetic counselling guide
  • New MBS item available: faecal calprotectin

2021 September Syzygy

  • Enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma (EATL) – what to look out for
  • Spotlight on coeliac disease diagnosis
  • New stores item: 25mL histology containers
  • New pathologist profile: Dr Natalie Scott-Young

2021 July Syzygy

  • Prophylactic use of Rh D immunoglobulin in pregnancy care: 2021 guidelines
    What do they mean for your clinical practice?
  • COVID-19 Check In app now being used at all SNP collection centres
  • Seated saline suppression testing now available through SNP procedural collection centres
  • New pathologist profile: Dr Kacey O’Rourke

2021 June Syzygy

  • Recognising and assessing vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia
  • Best Practice users now able to import the full-text pathology report into referral letters
  • New pathologist profiles: Drs Allan Lim, Anna Sokolova, and Lauren Furnas

2021 May Syzygy

  • CST update: self-collected HPV samples now being tested on-site in Brisbane
  • Occupational health monitoring: changes to legal requirements for blood lead levels
  • SNP now offers hair analysis for exposure to heavy metals
  • Urine iodine reports: more information to help interpretation
  • We welcome two new members to our Dermatopathology team - Drs Leonard Wu and Joe Whitfield 

2021 April Syzygy

  • If it’s not COVID-19, what is causing those flu-like symptoms?

2021 March Syzygy

  • What to expect from your Sonic PGx report
  • New SNP bulletin: Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Pathologist Profile: Dr Peter Hutson
  • Patient test collection notes - Updates and new instructions
  • Easter hours for Warfarin Care, Cardiology Services and SNP collection centres

2021 February Syzygy

  • We farewell four of our most senior pathologists
  • National Cervical Screening Program update
  • National Cancer Screening Register healthcare provider portal now available

2020 December Syzygy

  • Continuing professional development - New opportunities
  • The 2nd volume of Sonic Skin Pathology in Practice coming in early 2021
  • E-learning workshops
  • Virtual learning via Zoom
  • Pathologist Profile - Dr Preethi Mathew

2020 November Syzygy

  • New test: Parathyroid hormone-related peptide (PTHrP)
  • Reproductive carrier screening options
  • Genetic testing for Familial Hypercholesterolaemia - patient brochure now available
  • Changes to services for Christmas 2020

2020 October Syzygy

  • Mammalian meat allergy – an emerging threat at the barbeque
  • A new lipid reporting parameter now available: Small dense LDL-C
  • Say hello to the Brave Bunch – the heroes of our new website for kids!
  • Three-gene reproductive carrier screen panel update: changes to testing male patients

2020 September Syzygy

  • Clinical utility of SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing article by Dr Jenny Robson: SNP Pathologist-in-Charge of Microbiology and Molecular Pathology
  • Our new website guide makes Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring easy for patients

2020 July Syzygy

  • Genetic testing to inform tamoxifen prescribing
  • New request form templates make it easier to order prenatal genetic screening
  • Webster to be discontinued from late 2020
  • Update: Including site information when ordering infectious disease testing

2020 June Syzygy

  • New lipid reporting parameters expand asCVD risk guidance
  • Patient test collection notes - Updated and new instructions
  • Familial hypercholesterolaemia testing

2020  May Syzygy

  • RRV on the increase
  • New Sonic Education website – expanding the knowledge of our referrers
  • SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) update
  • SNP COVID Car Collects now open
  • Pathologist Profile for Dr Manisha Jadon
  • SNP report delivery update

2020 February Syzygy

  • Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Requests
  • SNP pathologists awarded the International Board Certificate in Dermatopathology
  • Sonic Healthcare Audits for the 2020-2022 triennium
  • Pathologists profiles for Dr Corrine Wallace and Dr Lisa Squires

2019 December Syzygy

  • New features in the Skin Cancer Surgical Audit 2020-2022.
  • Preparing your clinic for the Christmas holidays.
  • New guided microscopy demonstration videos.
  • The Sonic Healthcare Cervical Screening Test Audit 2020–2022 triennium.

2019 October Syzygy

  • Reports of circulating pertussis now available on our website.
  • Fact sheet to help doctors explain dysplastic naevi to patients.
  • Pathologist Profile: Dr Patrick van der Hoeven.
  • Changes to services for Christmas 2019.
  • Genetic testing for allopurinol hypersensitivity.

2019 September Syzygy

  • Important information: Changes to collection devices.
  • Cancer Council National Cervical Screening Program guidelines.
  • HPV self-collected test: Update.
  • Reminder to return Surgical Skin Cancer and CST audit evaluation forms.
  • Patient test collection notes: Updated and new instructions.

2019 August Syzygy

  • Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology uploads to the My Health Record system.
  • What happens in Australia’s most modern histopathology lab? Let SNP take you on a video tour.
  • Expert interpretation and prescribing advice – the key to introducing pharmacogenomics into clinical practice.

2019 July Syzygy

  • Professor Bev Rowbotham awarded Order of Australia.
  • More guided microscopy demonstrations have been added to our Education Video Library.
  • Beacon reproductive carrier screen expands to detect more genes at a reduced price.
  • Sonic Skin Pathology Handbook update.
  • Sonic Dx Tips - Simple, fast, intuitive mobile results.

2019 June Syzygy

  • Q fever: Can SNP help you to improve vaccination rates?
  • The facts about faxes.
  • Cumulative graph reports – restyled and now electronically delivered.
  • Lactose intolerance: lactase persistence gene test now available.

2019 May Syzygy

  • Dysplastic naevi: WHO reclassifies histological grading.
  • Information about patient test collection instrucations.
  • Infectious disease reports update.
  • Important information: changes to collection devices

2019 March/April Syzygy

  • SNP releases the Beacon expanded reproductive carrier screen.
  • Important information on expiry dates on ThinPrep® vials.
  • Information on helping patients understand their reproductive health.
  • Changes to services for Easter 2019. 

2019 February Syzygy

  • The new SNP remastered website is launched.
  • We add a weekly update on faecal enteropathogens to our infectious diseases reports.
  • Update: Chlamydia and gonorrhoea self-collect testing.
  • Meet the newest members of our histopathology department

2018 December Syzygy

  • New high-sensitivity troponin assay
  • AMH assay reference percentile chart now available
  • National Cervical Screening Program: Women over 75 are now eligible for a Medicare-funded HPV test
  • New Sonic DxPlus secure mail system delivers real-time reporting for infection control
  • Changes to services during Christmas and New Year

2018 October Syzygy

  • Update: Assessing Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection with QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus
  • Update: Helicobacter pylori superbug status demands a paradigm shift in therapy
  • Medicare rebates for BRCA1, BRCA2 and PALB2 gene testing
  • Cervical screening test: Using the correct terminology

2018 September Syzygy

  • CST request forms are updated following the release of new recommendations for symptomatic patients
  • SNP’s Dermatopatholgy Atlas, edited by Dr Blake O’Brien is now available
  • New Medicare items for Cystic Fibrosis testing
  • New and updated patient collection instruction notes for histamine diet, urine cytology and arterial blood gasses
  • Meet Dr Eric Lee, genetic pathologist at SNP
  • How to reset your Sonic Dx password