The history of Southern IML Pathology really began in 1982, when its precursor, Andersen Pathology commenced operations with founder Dr Stephen Andersen. In the early days Andersen Pathology operated as a histology and cytology laboratory out of a small room on Crown Street, Wollongong

Southern.IML Pathology provides a comprehensive private pathology service to the Illawarra and South Coast region of New South Wales and is the largest private pathology practice in the region with approximately three hundred members of staff.

It is a fully owned subsidiary of Sonic Healthcare Limited , an Australian owned and publicly listed company on the Australian Stock Exchange. Sonic Healthcare is the largest pathology service provider in Australasia.

Southern.IML Pathology is committed to providing a quality pathology service to all its referring medical practitioners, patients and their staff. In 1991 and 1992 we introduced an ISO9002 quality system and became the first pathology laboratory in Australia to obtain quality systems certification to ISO9002.


Southern.IML Pathology History Summary

1988 Andersen Pathology merged with Gilberg Pathology to form Southern Pathology

1992 ISO 9002 Certification (now known as ISO 9001)

1995 Commendation for High Achievement, Australian Quality Awards

1997 Alpha Healthcare purchases Southern Pathology

1998 Consumer Services Award in the Inaugural Illawarra Business Awards

1999 Alpha Healthcare sells it's pathology division to Sonic Healthcare

1999 Sonic Healthcare acquires Southern Pathology

1999 Winner of an Australian Quality Award for Business Excellence

1999 Awarded Illawarra Business of the Year

2001 Southern Pathogy joins with Illawarra Medical Laboratory to form Southern.IML

2002 Southern.IML Patholgy and LIfeline Southcoast form a community partnership

2006 Certified as a Registered Training Authority by VETAB NSW

2007 Southern.IML Pathology enters into an Anatomical Pathology, Specialist Pathologists
         services agreement with SESIAHS.

2008 Winner of Ministers Award for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices

2010 Southern.IML Pathology renews the agreement with SESIAHS for Anatomical Pathology,
         Specialist Pathologists services.

2012 Dr Stephen Andersen is awarded an OAM for service to medical education, to the
         specialty of Pathology, and to the community of the Illawarra region.

2013 Southern.IML Pathology commences 'pathways' program with the University of
        Wollongong and Department of Education & Training for students to gain entry to
        Bachelor of Nursing.