A series of workshops will be held prior to the beginning of the main conference on at nearby offsite venues within 10 minutes walk of the Hotel Grand Chancellor.  Places in these workshops are limited are at an additional cost to the conference registration.  Non-delegates are also welcome to book.

Note that Friday morning and afternoon workshops run concurrently.  You can only book to attend one morning and one afternoon workshop.

If you wish to attend the pre-conference workshops below, please register through the Workshop Portal.


Biocare_300x200Multiplex IHC Workshop

When: 1430 – 1730 Thursday 16th November

Presenters: Mike Verney, International Sales Manager – Asia Pacific Region, Biocare Medical

Venue: Surgical Skills Laboratory, Level 1, Clinical School, 43 Collins Street Hobart

Cost: $95 (including afternoon tea)


Biocare Medical will conduct a wet workshop for qualified Histology / IHC qualified delegates that will demonstrate both conventional, sequential, multiple staining with denaturing and simultaneous multiple staining using species specific reagents.

The slide array will include specific assays for Breast, Colon, Lung and Prostate disease provided by Biocare. Delegates are invited to bring one or two slides from their own laboratory to trial. The workshop will be manual, on the bench with standard IHC techniques.


Limit: 30 participants


Tissue Recognition – The Basics

When: 0930 – 1200 Friday 17th November

Presenters: Dr Tayiba Tayiba, Anatomical Pathology Registrar, Royal Hobart Hospital

Venue: Keith Milligen Lecture Theatre, Basement Level Clinical School, 43 Collins Street Hobart

Cost: $95 (including morning tea)


Using macroscopic samples and microscopic images Dr Tayiba will present images of samples that many Histopathology laboratories receive, explaining their functionality and how to differentiate between normal tissue and tissue with minor or major changes.


Limit: 150 particpants

Pathology of the surgical cut-up: What you need to know before making the cut

When: 1000 – 1230 Friday 17th November

Presenters: Dr Ros Malley, Senior Anatomical Pathology Registrar, Royal Hobart Hospital

Venue: Surgical Skills Laboratory, Level 1, Clinical School, 43 Collins Street Hobart

Cost: $95 (including morning tea)


Using potted pathology specimens Dr Ros Malley will run a workshop about the pathology of complex surgical specimens that arrive at the cut-up bench, including AP resection, uterine cancers and radical prostatectomies. This will include the important features in the macroscopic description of specimens, which samples are taken and why this information is important for patient outcomes.

Participants are welcome to request another specimen type. Dr Malley will endeavour to cover the most requested specimen type in this workshop.


Limit: 32 participants


Tissue Recognition – The Weird, The Wonderful and The Wacky

When: 1430 – 1700 Friday 17th November

Presenters: Dr Nada Dickinson, Senior Anatomical Pathology Registrar, Launceston General Hospital

Venue: Keith Milligen Lecture Theatre, Basement Level Clinical School, 43 Collins Street Hobart

Cost: $95 (including afternoon tea)


Using macroscopic samples and microscopic images, Dr Dickinson will look at tissue recognition of samples not commonly seen in many laboratories and tissue with advanced disease.

Why is this cell angry?  What makes this tumour ugly?  Is that really what I had for lunch?  Find the answers to these questions (and more) as we look at a selection of tissues demonstrating the spectrum of changes from early dysplasia to poorly differentiated neoplasia.  Examples of unusual findings encountered during routine reporting will also be included.

Limit: 150 particpants

Perfecting the Gram Stain

When: 1330 – 1630 Friday 17th November

Presenters: Members of the Anatomical Pathology Quality Assurance Program and Technical Committee Members; Zenobia Haffajee, Neeta Lal, Julia Pagliuso

Venue: Surgical Skills Laboratory, Level 1, Clinical School, 43 Collins Street Hobart

Cost: $95 (including afternoon tea)


Were you disappointed with your EQA assessment result for the Gram stain in 2016? This wet workshop will enable familiarisation with 2-3 manual methods for the Gram stain.

The QAP will then organise an interactive mock assessment of the stained slides with assessment criteria used by the QAP.

Participants will be educated on what the QAP looks for when assessing slides and receive an understanding of the large variation of staining submitted for assessment and the scoring system.


Limit: 60 participants


Dako_200x100Molecular Breakfast Workshop

When: 0700 – 0830 Saturday 18th November

Presenter: Scott Reed, Applications Specialist, Agilent Technologies

Venue: Grand Ballroom 3, Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart

Cost: $70 (including breakfast snack, tea and coffee)


Agilent Technologies will hold a workshop on genomic techniques, covering the background and applications of a variety of FISH probes, their manufacture, what to look for and avoid when selecting probes and the general pitfalls for laboratories performing (or looking to perform) molecular techniques. The workshop will include manual FISH techniques being demonstrated.


Limit: 50 participants

About the National Conference

The National Histology Conference in Australia commenced in 2003. Talks between the Victorian and New South Wales histology groups primarily led to the inaugural conference in Sydney. Since that first conference, the states with organised histology groups notionally agreed to hold the conference every two years rotating through those states.

2003 Sydney, NSW
2005 Melbourne, VIC
2006 Gold Coast, QLD
2009 Adelaide, SA
2011 Sydney, NSW
2013 Melbourne, VIC
2015 Brisbane, QLD

The event has grown in stature and professionalism with the venues, presenters and social engagements continuing to drive the conference to new levels of sophistication and probity.

This conference explores the potential for the histology groups to venture to states currently without organised histology groups. This provides one further step in the evolution of histology meetings by broadening to yet to be explored states and territories on a national level.

The Histology Group of Victoria will be the host of the conference, but unlike other National Histology Conferences will be joined by all states to create a more national approach to the first neutral location.

Conference Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the conference.