Our pathology lab
Our next-generation pathology testing service is fully accredited and quality controlled.
The MyHealthTest laboratory, based in Canberra (ACT), has been accredited in the field of medical testing by the National Association for Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) in conjunction with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.
To attain and maintain accreditation, our facility is regularly assessed for competence based on the relevant international standards.
This includes compliance with standards relating to:
- the qualifications, training and experience of staff
- equipment and its calibration and maintenance
- quality assurance procedures
- appropriate sampling practices
The MyHealthTest laboratory conducts regular proficiency testing with ACT Pathology and participates in external quality control programs such as:
- The National RCPAQAP (Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality - Assurance Program)
- The International RIQAS (Randox International Quality Assessment Scheme)
Accuracy of dried blood spot testing
Dried blood spot testing was first introduced in 1963 by Guthrie and Susi and is now routinely used in heel-prick sampling and testing of newborn infants
More recently, dried blood spot sampling for HbA1c (diabetes) testing has been developed and validated.
The MyHealthTest HbA1c test has been found to be comparable to using traditional whole blood samples.
In 2015, researchers at the Australian National University’s John Curtin School of Medical Research conducted a comparative study of HbA1c (glycated haemoglobin) levels in dried blood spots versus venous (from a vein) whole blood.
The results of this work, which have been published in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Clinical Pathology, shows the accuracy and precision of dried blood spot testing for HbA1c.
Reference articles include:
- Mastronardi et al 2015. The use of dried blood spot sampling for the measurement of HbA1c: a cross-sectional study
- Affan et al 2014. Comparability of HbA1c and lipids measured with dried blood spot versus venous samples: a systematic review and meta-analysis
MyHealthTest meets the increased global demand for pathology testing services and sets the industry standard for preventative and convenient direct-to-consumer healthcare services.