Dr. Collette Bromhead

“I am excited by the unique interface betwEen science, medicine and research that I experience at Aotea Pathology.”

Dr Collette Bromhead,
Head of Department, Molecular Biology

highlights and significant events

  • Completion of merger between Sonic Healthcare and Abano laboratories with review of all policies and procedures and implementation of improved systems
  • Installation of new equipment – modular preanalytics – enabling automation of specimen handling within laboratory
  • Rebuild of laboratory facility
  • Achieved IANZ accreditation
  • Implemented changes to improve testing procedures
  • Referrer communications established
  • Recruitment of senior staff including Human Resources Manager and Charge Scientist, Chemistry


  • Grow revenue outside of the DHB contract
  • Appropriately manage demand for DHB funded tests and services
  • Re-tender for new contract with National Cervical Screening Programme
  • Continual improvement including implementing new procedures for patient registration
  • Official launch of new laboratory to key industry people, clinical leaders and healthcare providers
  • Introduce new technology for automated cytology screening
  • Develop new tests for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Work with referrers to maximise the patient benefit in an environment of capped spending
  • Enhance electronic communication between referrer computer systems and the laboratory information system
  • Enable patient pay testing not funded by the public purse
  • Continued upskilling of senior staff with training in aspects of management