Lab Tests Online-AU was designed to help the patient better understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases. The website is managed by the AACB and is the product of a collaboration of professional societies representing the laboratory community.
The site was launched at a time when health care consumers were being asked to assume more responsibility for their care and knowing more about laboratory tests and the issues surrounding testing is an important step in this direction. Since its launch in 2007, Lab Tests Online Australasia has helped thousands of users learn about their tests and discuss them more clearly with their doctors. It has also been found to be useful by health professionals and tertiary students.
To ensure that the site will be accepted as a trusted source for medical information, we aim to adhere to the principles espoused by the Health on the Net Foundation. This site would not have been possible without the many volunteer hours provided by members of our management and editorial boards, nor the financial support obtained from a grant awarded by the Commonwealth Department of Health: Quality Use of Pathology Program. We are also grateful to the original Lab Tests Online site in the USA, who allowed us to licence their original design and content.