Perform pathology tests

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver HLTPAT419A, 'Perform pathology tests'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria


Prepare to undertake basic pathology tests


Ensure the specimen is appropriate for the test requested


Prepare environment for undertaking tests


Prepare equipment, solutions and agar plates and samples in accordance with organisation policies and procedures


Use personal protective equipment in accordance with workplace health and safety policies


Perform handling or basic testing of samples


Accept or reject specimens based on identification, and specimen quality in accordance with organisation policies and procedures


Identify specimen additives (anticoagulants etc) and select appropriate specimens based on additives


Adopt recommended safety precautions when handling biologically hazardous specimens.


Use correct techniques to separate samples for testing


Use recommended techniques to prepare samples for testing


Set up and complete basic tests and quality control procedures


Prioritise specimen processing based on clinical history provided


Take steps maximise test accuracy, validity and reliability


Conduct a re-test if test or quality control results are unreliable


Document results


Document test and control results in recognised format.


Recognise the importance of quality control


Maintain confidentiality of client information


Maintain environment


Clean and store equipment in accordance with laboratory guidelines


Sterilise equipment as required


Dispose of contaminated waster in accordance with infection control protocols and legislative and regulatory requirements


Store chemicals in accordance with organisation policies and procedures


Clean and disinfect work area

Qualifications and Skillsets

HLTPAT419A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL30109 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques