Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (19:22:33): On International Pathology Day I acknowledge the integral service that pathology workers provide and have provided during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, health staff have been at the front line of the global fight against contagion and illness.

Here in New South Wales our pathology workers have worked tirelessly to ensure that testing has occurred in a timely and accurate manner. They have been among the great heroes in the battle to track, trace and slow the spread of COVID-19.These workers have still managed to undertake those other essential tasks that serve our community every day of every year.

The first International Pathology Day was held in 2014, and the work performed by people in this health discipline is more important today than ever before.I thank all those who undertake this important work in our community. Thanks also to the Health Services Union which supports them in ensuring they return home safe, regardless of the dangers of their work.

I hope they can enjoy this special day, reflect on this remarkable year and celebrate all they have accomplished.