Definition

Clinical immunology comprises the discipline of clinical and laboratory medical practice concerned with the diagnosis and management of disorders of the immune system.

Email:lyn.thiele@fmc.sa.gov.au

Aims and Objectives of the Department of Immunology, Allergy and Arthritis

1. provides a conprehensive inpatient and outpatient service in all aspects of clinical immunology including allergic, immunological and rheumatological disease.
2. provides a conprehensive laboratory service for the diagnosis and management of immune disorders. Diagnostic areas involved include:
  • immunochemistry
  • autoimmune serology
  • allergy testing
  • cellular and molecular markers
  • cellular and immune function
  • immunohistochemistry
  • molecular biology

This service is provided to Flinders Medical Centre and affiliated institutions and to other hospitals and medical practioners in South Australia when requested.

3. provides a consultative service for adults and paediatric immunology and allergy in the Southern region and to State and Commenwealth authorities upon request.
4. provides a training and educational program in clinical immunology, allergy and rheumatology for FRACP and FRCPA.
5. provides additional support and specialised laboratory investigations for the Red Cross Blood transfusion tissue typing service and National Bone marrow registry.
6. develops and conducts programa in basic and applied immunology, allergy and rheumatology.
7. teaches athe scientific basis ans clinical practice to medical and science undergraduates, postgraduates and other members of the health professions.
8. ensures high quality performance inboth the clinical and laboratory areas by developing and participating in quality assurance. This includes the provision of a quality assurance and scientific education program in immunology on behalf of RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Ltd for Australia and Asia.
9. assists and promotes technological development in the community and develops appropriate extra mural liason for this purpose.
10. encourages and promotes individual staff development.