The Lab Without Walls (LWW)
The Lab Without Walls is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to bring new pathology methods into use in remote, rural and regional locations where contemporary medical science has been lacking. Our aim is to develop capability, deploy field pathology methods where there are unmet medical needs and demonstrate the feasibility and impact of those methods.
Words that have been used to describe previous Lab Without Walls projects include ‘ground-breaking’ and ‘pioneering’. Our field workers have a growing amount of experience putting pathology to work in unfamiliar locations and see their work as a problem-solving activity – the logical outcome of rapidly developing medical technology.
While much of LWW’s work is operating molecular methods in distant places, we recognise the importance of appropriate technology. We recently joined with the UWA School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Paladin Energy Ltd to ship a teaching microscope set for use in a regional hospital in northern Malawi where it will be used for malaria and tuberculosis diagnostic work.
Lab Without Walls‘ 2012 programme includes:
- March – microscope set for Malawi
- April – preparation for National Science Week, Eastern Kimberley
- June – fieldwork and methods workshop in Colombo & Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
- August – National Science Week – Mozzie Mash & Mudpies roadshow, Kimberley, WA
- October – familiarisation field trip, Masters in Infectious Diseases programme, UWA
- December – fieldwork and methods workshop in Ipoh, Malaysia
MicroGnome, June 2012