Testing FAQs

Ordering your own tests isn’t possible. However, if you feel that a specific test or panel of tests may help you, speak with your GP who will advise you.

Yes. We will perform all testing regardless of your request form. If your health care provider has asked that a particular pathologist conduct the tests, then we will forward your collection to the requested pathologist.

Dated pathology request forms authorized by your doctor do not have a specific expiry date. However, if you have not had your test collected within 3 months from the date your doctor requested the test, or from the date they told you they wanted you to have the test collected, we recommend you consult your doctor again, to check if you still require the test, before attending one of our Collection Centres.

Generally, you do not need to make an appointment, unless your doctor has advised you that you should do so for the particular test your doctor has requested. If you have been told to fast for a test, you may wish to call the Collection Centre directly to make an appointment, so that you know when to expect to be able to start eating again, after your test is collected.

Make sure you drink plenty of water prior to your pathology testing - unless your GP has given you a reason not to. This will make it easier for our team member to conduct your blood test.

We accept all brands of pathology request forms. You’ll need to bring your pathology test request form as completed by your doctor, and a valid Medicare card if you have one. If you have a Veterans Affairs Card, you should bring that. You should also bring a list of any current medication you’re taking. You’ll need to show photo ID if you’re having tests for the following purposes: immigration, occupational testing, parentage DNA, insurance or drug screening, or any court-ordered testing.

You can find updated operating hours for all our testing locations here.

Fasting is when you don’t consume any food or drinks, with the exception of water, for a set period of time. This is necessary for certain tests because the nutrients in recently consumed foods and beverages can impact your test results. If you don’t fast or fast for a shorter period, then your test results may be inaccurate.

Usually not. However, this may depend on the type of test you’re having. You should not stop any of your medication unless your doctor has told you to do so.

Routine blood tests are usually sent to GPs within 48 hours. However more specialised testing can take several days. Speak with your doctor for more details prior to your test. 

We will generally bulk-bill (i.e. no gap payment) all testing covered by Medicare.
This is part of our 'No-Gap' Billing Policy.

However, on rare occasions, payment may be required for the following:

  • Your test is not covered by Medicare
  • The test is very complex and may need specialised external testing
  • You are an inpatient or day stay patient in a private hospital