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The 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Division of the IAP


Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD, Australia
Date: FRIDAY 31st MAYSUNDAY 2nd JUNE 2024


Keynote Speakers

Professor Bruce M. Wenig

Endocrine and Head & Neck Surgical Pathology

Professor Iris D. Nagtegaal

Gastrointestinal (Colorectal)

Professor Fausto J. Rodriguez



Sponsorship opportunities available

More information to follow

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Open in December.


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Your Executive Team


Clinical Associate Professor Fiona Maclean


Clinical Associate Professor Fiona Maclean is Deputy Director of Histopathology at Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology, with special interests in urogenital and musculoskeletal pathology in particular. Assoc. Prof. Maclean graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours. She initially worked as a resident medical officer at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital, where she was awarded Intern of the Year. Assoc. Prof. Maclean holds positions as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University and Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame.

She has authored two chapters in the current edition of Sternberg’s Diagnostic Surgical Pathology, and one chapter in the current edition of Histology for Pathologists,both of which are premier textbooks in the fields of pathology and histology.

She is passionate about teaching pathology and enjoys presenting lectures to people from all walks of life. She is president of the Australasian Division of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP), and co-convenor of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Program (RCPAQAP) Anatomical Pathology Bone and Soft Tissue Diagnostic Program for 2020 and co-convenor of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Program (RCPAQAP) Anatomical Pathology Bone and Soft Tissue Diagnostic Program for 2020.and co-convenor of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Quality Assurance Program (RCPAQAP) Anatomical Pathology Bone and Soft Tissue Diagnostic Program for 2020.


Clinical Professor Marian Priyanthi Kumarasinghe

MBBS, MD, Dip Cytopath (RCPA), FRCPA

Professor Kumarasinghe is a Senior Consultant Pathologist at PathWest (Public Pathology service in Western Australia), a Consulting Pathologist to Clinipath Laboratories and a Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University Medical School. She is the current chair of Structured Pathology Reporting of cancer project for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and a Past President of the Australasian Gastrointestinal Pathology Society. She continues to contribute to multiple structured cancer protocols for RCPA and International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR).

She specialises in gastrointestinal, pancreaticobiliary and endocrine pathology. She is a national and international authority on gastrointestinal pathology and has presented on numerous occasions at conferences throughout the world. She is a contributing author to the WHO classification of tumours of the digestive system, Genetic Tumour Syndromes, IAC-IRAC Cytopathology Reporting System for Pancreaticobiliary Cytopathology and the co-editor of text “endoscopic biopsy interpretation: a practical guide” – the first Australian text on gastrointestinal pathology. She has authored nearly 200 publications, several invited reviews and co-authored chapters on GI pathology and pancreatic and thyroid cytology. She is the recipient of the inaugural award by the official journal of Royal College of pathologists of Australasia “Pathology” in 2017 on her contribution to HER2 testing of gastric and gastroesophageal junctional cancers in Australia. In addition, she has won numerous academic awards dating back to her early career by many professional societies and governing bodies.



Professor Catriona McKenzie

MBBS (Hons 1), FRCPA

Professor Catriona McKenzie graduated with first class Honours from the University of Sydney and trained at Concord, Royal North Shore and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals. She is currently a senior staff specialist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Camperdown and Clinical Professor at the University of Sydney. Her subspecialty and research interests include gastrointestinal and liver pathology including transplantation pathology, non-melanoma skin cancers and pathology education. She has contributed to two editions of the WHO Skin Tumour books in addition to multiple peer reviewed publications. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Pathology.

She is current chair of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasian Academic committee, chairs the gastric structured reporting protocol and is a member of the non melanoma skin cancer structured reporting protocol. She is a long standing member of the Australasian Division of the IAP as well as past convenor of the liver companion club.  She both founded and convened the Education in Pathology companion club in the Australasian division. She enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students and trainees and is committed to raising the profile of pathology.

Honorary Secretary

Professor Alfred K. Lam AM
MBBS, MD, PhD, FRCPA, FRCPA (FFOP), FRCPA (Faculty of Science) FRCPath (UK), FIAC, FHKCPath, FHKAM (Pathology).

Professor Lam is the Foundation Chair Professor in Griffith University with 30 years’ experience in diagnostic and molecular pathology. His research focuses are on diagnostic and molecular pathology of cancers of gastrointestinal tract, endocrine, oral and head/neck. He has produced over 370 referred journal articles with the citation index (Scopus H index) for his publication at 53 in 2019. His research contributions made him awarded the best senior researcher by Griffith University’s Vice Chancellor and the winner of Australian society of medical research Queensland health and medical research award.

Professor Lam has contributed to 3 editions of World Health Organization on classification of tumour since 2003. He is an expert editor of the Fifth edition of World Health Organization book on classification of Digestive tract tumour pathology. He also edited a book on Oesophageal cancer and contributed more than 40 book chapters.

Professor Lam chairs the development of a dataset for the reporting of oesophageal cancer by International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR). He has also contributed to multiple structured cancer protocols in Australia and ICCR. At present, he is on editorial board of multiple international peer-review journals such as Pathology, Human Pathology, Endocrine Pathology, Endocrine-related cancer, International Journal of Molecular Sciences etc.

In professional committees, Professor Lam acts as principal examiner in Anatomical Pathology for Faculty of Science for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. He is nominated as Honorary Secretory in Australasian Division of International Academy of Pathology (IAP).

Honorary Treasurer

Assoc Professor Andrew James Dettrick

Assoc Professor Andrew Dettrick is an Anatomical Pathologist, senior staff specialist and former Director of Pathology at Sunshine Coast University Hospital in Queensland.  His special interests include heart and lung pathology, head and neck pathology and skin cancer.  He is Adjunct Associate Professor of Pathology at University of the Sunshine Coast.  His current research is focused on cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.

Director (IAP Central Executive Council Representative)

Professor Gelareh Farshid

Professor Gelareh Farshid is a fulltime senior Consultant Pathologist at SA Pathology, Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Professor Farshid enjoys long standing research interests and clinical expertise in diseases of the breast, population based screening and in soft tissue pathology. She contributes to multiple national and international professional bodies.

Gelareh has extensive experience in Clinical Governance and Executive Management, having served as the Clinical Director of BreastScreen South Australia for a decade, being a pathologist on the BreastScreen Australia National Quality Management Committee and serving as the Secretary of the International Society of Breast Pathology. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has a Doctorate in Medicine and a Masters Degree in Public Health.