BLOOD AND URINE COLLECTION AND LABORATORY ANALYSIS
This section contains details of the collection and analysis of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey (NATSIHMS) blood and urine samples, including details of the quality control and quality assurance procedures that were conducted to ensure the quality of the NATSIHMS results.
Analytical control of the imprecision (variability) of the NATSIHMS results was monitored and maintained using a multi-layered quality assurance system comprising of Internal Quality Control (IQC) processes, participation in an External Quality Assurance Program (EQAP) and the periodic review of analytical variability for each NATSIHMS test. In conclusion, the ABS is satisfied with the quality assurance system used by Sonic Healthcare Pathology to ensure the reliability of the NATSIHMS results.
All blood and urine analyses for the NATSIHMS were conducted at Sonic Healthcare Laboratories. Douglass Hanly Moir (DHM) Pathology in Sydney, Australia, was the central analysing laboratory used for the majority of blood and urine sample analyses and urinary iodine analysis was conducted by Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (SNP) in Queensland, Australia.