ACT Pathology

Pathology is a medical specialty looking at disease processes and their causes

ACT Pathology provides specialist pathology services to the general community, and pathology testing while patients are in hospital and when they return to their homes.

We can bulk-bill patients with a valid Medicare Card directly to Medicare Australia.

There are certain tests that do NOT have a Medicare Item Number and therefore the cost of testing will have to covered by the patient.

Collection centres

You can find ACT Pathology licensed collection centres at seven convenient locations across Canberra.

Please refer to individual listings of collection centres for details of opening hours.

Please note that all collection centres are closed on public holidays. Also some are closed on Saturday of long weekends.

    Please note: Tuggeranong Collection centre is now located at Tuggeranong Community Health Centre-corner of Anketell & Pittman Sts - Phone (02) 6205 2794

Tube Guide

For Tube Guide, Order of Draw and what tubes to use for certain tests, go to

Download: Tube Guide and Order of Drawer (PDF File - 664k)

Fine Needle Aspiration Service

ACT Pathology offers a Fine Needle Aspiration Service at the Canberra Hospital Collection Centre.

Download: Fine Needle Aspiration Service (PDF File - 156k)

Electronic Results delivery

Clinical Application Systems (CIS) (ACT Health employees only)

The Clinical Information System (CIS) is only available to ACT Health employees who are treating patients. It is a secure means of clinicians working for ACT Health to assess results for their patients through a user friendly web browser. ACT Pathology provides authorised personnel with access to pathology results via CIS on the ACT Government Intranet.

To apply please fill in the online registration form by clicking on the "Register Me" button on the CIS Homepage.
Please provide a valid hospital email address and contact number or your application will be rejected.

Downloading to surgeries

For surgeries that have practice management software (eg. Medical Director, Medtech 32, Medical Spectrum, Intrahealth, Genie), ACT Pathology is able to provide direct and secure down loading of your pathology results in PIT or HL7 formats via permanent internet connection.

To apply online, go to:
HealthLink Service Application form
or phone Customer Services 6244 2932

Patient billing information

ACT Pathology bulk-bills directly to Medicare Australia for patients with a valid Medicare card for pathology tests that have a Medicare item number.

For more information about patient billing, please contact our accounts section on (02) 6244 3939 or email: pathology.accounts@act.gov.au

Contact us

ACT Pathology
PO Box 11
Woden ACT 2606

Phone (02) 6244 2932 Customer Service
Doctors Phone Line (02) 6244 2930 (24hrs)

Fax (02) 6244 2815
Email actpathology@act.gov.au

For more contact information, please see our ACT Pathology contact list.