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Welcome to the Australian Pre-analytical Network (APaN) incorporating the Australian Phlebotomy Association Network

The Australian Pre-analytical Network incorporating the Australian Phlebotomy Association is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that offers its members the benefits of education, information, representation, and research. We represent the interests of our members in community, professional and political forums by providing a united voice for issues concerning our members and our industry. As a united network, we welcome membership from both private and public sector phlebotomy and pre-analytical staff and the industries and organisations that support us.

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UPDATES: The Nationally recognised qualification HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology Collection is the now the only nationally recognised training course in Australia. All previous courses have been superceded.

Students should ensure they are only enrolling in the nationally recognised course. You can see details about the new qualification, employment prospects and providers from the link below.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 35 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. This includes collections on a wide range of patients. APaN does not support 'practice' on fellow students, and this does not meet the assessment criteria of the course. You should ensure the provider you select offers work experience. The average duration is 6 months. Providers offering Weekend courses are not recommended or endorsed and the training will not be recognised by industry. APaN as an independent body, is not able to endorse any one provider.

https://www.myskills.gov.au/courses/details?Code=HLT37215

Certified Practicing Phlebotomist (CPP)

The question about whether or not Australian Phlebotomists should be ‘certified’ continues with both camps putting forward arguments as to why or why not this should occur. Overwhelmingly however, our members have indicated that they would like a way of being recognised for their skills apart from holding a certificate- given that people can (currently) gain the certificate with little or no experience in the actual procedure of collecting blood.

During 2015 APaN undertook research with employer groups and stakeholders, to identify what a "certified" phlebotomist should be. As part of this process we have been engaged in discussion with associations in other countries to see if we can align with their criteria. Initial thoughts are that CPPs will need to demonstrate: - At least 2-3 years industry experience - A current competency assessment - Certificate III in Pathology Collection or equivalent, OR demonstrate that they could fulfil the requirements of the qualification. - evidence of ongoing professional development annually.

Summary results of the survey can be found at: http://www.apan.com.au/survey

This conversation will continue and we welcome feedback from all stakeholders.