The Australian state of Queensland covers 1.7 million square kilometers but has a population density of only 2.86 people per square kilometer. Adjacent regions in Northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory are home to an even sparser population.
Servicing such a vast area with a thinly dispersed population creates logistical and financial challenges for SNP. Transporting tissue specimens of patients between locations for laboratory inspection adds to turnaround times for regional histopathologists, with physical shipping carrying a price tag as well. At the same time, demand for histopathology services is on the rise, with an expectation of faster diagnoses.