Job Profiles

Medical Scientists

Medical Scientists employed by PathWest are required to hold a tertiary qualification in Medical Science or Laboratory Medicine and must be eligible for professional membership to the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS), a professional association representing Medical Scientists from all disciplines of Pathology. AIMS are involved in establishing and maintaining the high academic and professional standards of medical scientists employed in Australian medical laboratories.


Curtin University is the Western Australian provider of the AIMS accredited degree Bachelor of Science (Laboratory Medicine). This four year course incorporates 28 weeks of clinical laboratory placement over a period of 12 months. PathWest provide placements to Laboratory Medicine students in the areas of specimen collection, specimen reception, quality assurance, occupational safety and health and phlebotomy. The major disciplines of the program include Haematology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Histopathology, Cytology and Immunology.

The Curtin undergraduate students are provided with a structured and organised training program which complements the theoretical and practical knowledge they have gained through university study. Nominated for the WA Health Award, ‘Excellence in Clinical Training’ in 2013, the PathWest Clinical Laboratory Placement Program combined with the Curtin Laboratory Medicine degree, produces quality graduates with an advanced level of knowledge and experience in the many aspects that comprise Medical Science and Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine.


Technical Staff

Technical and laboratory assistant staff make up a significant portion of the PathWest workforce and their roles can vary according to their level, as well as to the sites and departments in which they are employed. The roles and responsibilities of laboratory assistants and technical staff can include specimen collection, specimen sorting and registration, sample processing, maintaining, calibrating and operating laboratory equipment and performing pathology tests. Laboratory assistants and technical staff play a vital role in the successful operation of a Pathology Laboratory.

The entry level requirements for gaining employment as a PathWest Technical staff member are listed below.
Laboratory Assistant
Year 10 Graduation Certificate
Technical Assistant
Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques or minimum 5 years experience as a Laboratory Assistant
Laboratory Technician
Diploma of Laboratory Technology
PathWest provide a training program to existing laboratory assistant and technical staff employees, designed to improve the skills and knowledge of staff as well as to recognise their existing skills and knowledge gained through on-the-job training and experience. Existing PathWest employees are offered the opportunity to undergo traineeships which allow them to attain a nationally recognised and accredited qualification whilst working in their current role.


Phlebotomist/ Specimen Collector

PathWest is committed to providing excellence and innovation in their frontline services and employs Phlebotomists/ Specimen Collectors in hospitals, laboratories, collection centres and in domiciliary service across Western Australia. To work as a PathWest Phlebotomist or Specimen Collector, individuals must possess a positive attitude and a commitment to best practice as well as either, previous experience in the industry or training in a phlebotomy/ specimen collection course or the Certificate III in Pathology course.
PathWest Phlebotomy/Specimen Collector jobs are advertised at​

Click on the following link for further information about the PathWest Certificate III in Pathology Course​.


Page last updated: 30 Jun 2020