Quality Use of Pathology Program (QUPP) Current projects

This page provides information, including the aim and/or objectives of projects, currently funded under the Quality Use of Pathology Program (QUPP). Projects are grouped under key themes.

Page last updated: 10 January 2014

Risk Minimisation

Further Development of Key Incident Monitoring and Management Systems (KIMMS) Quality Assurance Program and Evaluation of Outcome Data

Funding Recipient: - Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Programs.

This project will monitor pathology incidents in the pre-and post-analytical phase of testing in order to minimise the risk of errors and incidents in pathology.

Training and Competency Assessment Program

Funding Recipient: - Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Program.

This project will provide online, web-based training and competency assessment modules for scientists in pathology laboratories to meet accreditation requirements and national competency based standards.

Quality Assurance & Capacity - new technology

Improving the Quality of Molecular Genetics Testing and Reporting

Funding Recipient: - Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Program.

This project will establish and develop quality assurance activities to improve the quality of genetic testing in Australian laboratories.

Internal Quality Assurance in Morphological and Interpretative Pathology Disciplines

Funding Recipient: - Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

The project will develop a framework for internal quality assurance for morphological and interpretative pathology that will provide an early warning system of potential performance issues in laboratories.

Development of Standards for Accreditation of DNA Sequence Variation Data Bases

Funding Recipient: - Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

The project will develop standards to accredit DNA Sequence Variation Databases to ensure that the data in the databases are accurate and of sufficient quality to be placed in the Human Variome Project Data Repository so they can be used by diagnostic laboratories to analyse and interpret genetic variants.

Continue to develop the Australian Point of Care Practitioners Network (APPN) as a supporting resource for point-of-care testing in Australia

Funding Recipient: - Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists.

This project will continue the development of the Australian Point of Care Practitioners Network (APPN) as a supporting resource for point-of-care testing in Australia with a focus on INR of testing.

Promoting Evidence-Based Practice

Promote, Expand and Consolidate the Use of Structured Reporting of Cancer

Funding Recipient: - Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

This project will develop, promote, expand and consolidate the use of structured reporting of cancer.

It aims to improve the quality of clinical diagnosis and care for cancer patients by:
  • ensuring that the use of the protocols are agreed ‘best practice’ by ensuring that key elements of the examination are not missed;
  • allowing better communication between clinicians, clinical data systems and consumers and other health services;
  • improving safety and quality by providing a consistent format and content and thereby reducing error; and
  • improving analysis of the reports by allowing more consistent report format and content with fewer errors which will allow accurate retrieval for not only improved diagnosis but improved research and investigation tasks.

Publication of Common Sense Pathology

Funding Recipient: - Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

The project is to support the publication of Common Sense Pathology (CSP) that is circulated to General Practitioners (GPs) and health specialists about quality requesting of pathology tests, using practical case based scenarios with clear and concise information that assists them in deciding which pathology tests are needed for different conditions.

Upgrading and Maintenance of the Manual of Use and Interpretation of Pathology Tests (RCPA Manual)

Funding Recipient: - Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

The project supports the upgrade of the Manual of Use and Interpretation of Pathology Tests (RCPA Manual) to ensure that it remains a current resource for referring practitioners, to guide them in selection and interpretation of pathology tests for various medical conditions.

Pathology Requesting & Reporting - Requester & Consumer Focus

Examination of variation in hospital pathology investigations by Diagnosis-related Groups and associations with outcomes and costs

Funding Recipient: - University of New South Wales.

This project will undertake an extensive data linkage exercise using data from the pathology service together with key hospital data sources to examine the Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG) profile of pathology requesting, along with their impact on hospitals costs and their effect on key clinical outcomes.

Novel quantitative methods that enhance clinical decision support based on routine pathology testing

Funding Recipient: - Bond University.

This project will identify, using sophisticated computational knowledge discovery methods (e.g. pattern recognition), relationships between existing routine clinical chemistry and haematology tests to second tier tests, which will form a tool for enhanced decision making on the need for additional tests.

Harmonisation of adult and paediatric reference intervals for general chemistry analytes across Australian pathology laboratories

Funding Recipient: - Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists.

This project is a continuation of the Harmonisation of Reference Interval (HRI) project and subsequent project specifically seeks to enable laboratories to use similar or harmonised reference intervals for general chemistry analytes across Australian pathology laboratories.

Consumer Focus / Information Strategies

Lab Tests Online Australasia (LTOau) – Stage Two

Funding Recipient: - Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists.

The aim of this project is to continue to provide support for the improvement of an Australasian version of the Lab Tests Online website. This includes the promotion of the LTOau website to both Australian health professionals and consumers and the ongoing development of the site, assisted by feedback from Australian health professional groups and health consumers, to provide current, relevant, authoritative, independent and readily accessible information to Australian health professional groups and health consumers on pathology tests that can be used in the diagnosis and monitoring of certain health conditions.