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This page was last updated on Friday, 2014-09-30.

I used to live in Darwin but now I live in Canberra.

Who am I?

G'day, my name is Gary, I'm a Clinical Microbiologist (Medical Microbiologist for English friends and colleagues), and I was the Director, Northern Territory Government Pathology Service, of the Department of Health and Community Services. I had been working in the NT from 12 February 1996 to 28 September 2007. From 02 October 2007, I became the Assistant Secretary of the Health Emergency Management and Biosecurity Branch (now the Health Emergency Management Branch) in the Office of Health Protection in the Department of Health and Ageing in Canberra. I was also the Incident Coordinator for the National Incident Room. In December 2012 I changed roles and become the specialist medical adviser in health emergency management.  

I'm originally from Brisbane in Queensland. I did the majority of my junior medical and most of my specialty training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (1990 to 1994).  I did my last year at the Royal Brisbane Hospital (1995). I am enjoying Canberra although it is a lot colder than Brisbane and Darwin. Canberra is like a big country town. It just feels a little bigger than Darwin and while everyone is friendly, they're not Darwin-style friendly. What I love about Canberra is that for our nation's capital nearly every day you can see a kangaroo, either alive in a field or as road kill.

For those who are interested, my qualifications (and awards) include:

AM (2003); B.Med.Sc. [Dist] (1987); MASM (1989); M.B.,B.S. (1989); FRCPA (1995); FACTM (2000); MRACMA (1997); AFCHSE (2004)

To get a better idea of my professional history click here.

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia

To get a better idea of the College please visit their site at http://www.rcpa.edu.au.

I had the privilege of being Vice President from 2005 to 2007 before taking up my current position.

For medical students and other medical practitioners, there is a tremendous resource available at this site. It is known as the Manual of Use and Interpretation of Pathology Tests.  You can also find "Common Sense Pathology" in the publications section.

The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine

The College has just launched its new web site.  Please take a look here.

The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Inc. is the pre-eminent organisation in the Australasian region representing professional interests in tropical medicine. The College promotes the highest ethical and professional standards through education and information. It has both regional and global interests with more than 600 members coming from about 30 countries around the World and maintains links to three international organisations working in tropical medicine. Membership includes doctors, scientists, academics, military personnel, veterinary scientists, consultants and other health professionals. Several committees and groups within the College assist in organising local and regional scientific meetings, as well as other professional activities.

The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council

The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) advises the Commonwealth, State and Territory Health Minister’s on matters relating to the accreditation of pathology laboratories. NPAAC plays a key role in ensuring the quality of Australian pathology services and is responsible for the development and maintenance of standards and guidelines for pathology practices. NPAAC is made up of representatives from all States and Territories, nominees from peak professional bodies and the Department of Health and Aging.

National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia

NATA has a memorandum of understanding with the RCPA in terms of medical laboratory accreditation. When medical laboratories are assessed, they are visited by a NATA staff officer, scientist(s) and a pathologist(s). It is important to remember your laboratory is NOT being NATA'd but is being assessed by NATA and RCPA.

Proficiency Testing Australia

PTA came into existence on 2006-01-01. I became the Chairman of the Board on Tuesday 2006-06-06. I resigned as Chairman of the Board on the 17 August 2007 to take up my current position.

For more information go to http://www.proficiencytesting.com.au

The Public Health Laboratory Network

The PHLN is a collaborative group of laboratory representatives. The aim of the PHLN is to provide strategic advice and share expertise at the national level in order to enhance the national capacity for the laboratory based detection and surveillance of agents and vectors of communicable diseases in Australia. This is achieved by sharing of knowledge and expertise within the PHLN, consultation with other laboratories, organisations and individuals with specialised expertise and communication with other public and private laboratories in the jurisdictions. The PHLN is now a standing committee of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). I was chair of PHLN for three years from 2005 to 2007. 

For information contact the secretariat at PHLN.Secretariat@Health.gov.au.

Contact Details

If you want my contact details, please click here.


If you have any questions or constructive comments please contact me (Gary Lum).

This site as such is owned by me and maintained on my private time. If there is a problem with alleged unauthorised material please contact me directly. I update and work on this site in my own private time and NOT on work time.