Personal Stories

Phlebotomist (Pathology Specimen Collector)

Gabrielle- Phlebotomist
  • Name: Gabrielle
  • Job: Phlebotomist
  • Location: Gold Coast, QLD

"I have grown as a person."


Why did you choose this field of work/job?

Pathology has been something I have always been interested in since I was young. This has been a stepping stone to further study in the health sector.

What tasks does your job include? What do you love about your job the most?

I love the patient contact and seeing people walk out of the clinic happy with the service I gave them.

What was your study journey to get this job? (eg. when did you start study, what course, how did you study (online/face to face/on the job/through school).

I contacted a registered training organisation to enquire about the Certificate Ill Pathology collection course when I had just turned 17. They told me I had to be 18 before I could go on placement, but the Trainer gave me a textbook to read in the meantime until I was 3 months out from turning 18.

When I reached that age, I joined their face-to-face class 3 days a week for 2 ½ months. I then I had to wait for another 3 weeks after everyone else in my class went on placement because I was still not 18.

The day after I turned 18, the training organisation arranged a placement for me with a well-known pathology laboratory. I loved my time there and I must have done okay because they asked for my resume, and I have now been working for them for almost 2 years now.

What are your future plans for work and study?

I am enrolling in the Diploma of Mental Health, and I will continue to work as a casual collector while I am studying.

What is one thing about your study and/or job that you would love to share with people considering this career? (eg. any advice or support you found helpful, the challenges/rewards).

I had the best time studying with my training organization. The trainers were really helpful and supportive and even though I was so young, they encouraged me to do better all of the time. They gave me the confidence to apply for jobs and even supported me through that process.

I have grown as a person in the role I am currently doing and that has given me the confidence to go further with my studies. My employer has been very supportive of me doing extra study as well.


nurse taking blood

Job Profile - Pathology Specimen Collector / Phlebotomist

A Pathology Specimen Collector (or a Phlebotomist) collects blood and other pathology specimens for laboratory analysis.
Person getting blood test

Career Pathway - Pathology Collection

Pathology is the process of how diseases are confirmed and diagnosed and can also be used to see if a patient’s disease is getting better with treatment.