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National Mycology Reference Centre

The National Mycology Reference Centre is actively involved in the teaching of medical mycology to undergraduate medical students, post-graduate medical students undergoing specialist training in microbiology, infectious diseases and dermatology, and medical technologists and scientists.

Helen looking through a microscope

The Centre also hosts a regular national course in medical mycology. Mycology Online is an extension of the reference and teaching activities of the Centre.

Other functions include:

  • The provision of the medical mycology component of the Quality Assurance Programme organized by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia which currently reaches over 120 laboratories situated in Australasia, South East Asia and Oceania; and
  • The maintenance of a reference collection of medically important fungi for teaching and research purposes.
Dr Sarah Kidd
National Mycology Reference Centre
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 
SA Pathology
Frome Road
Adelaide SA 5000
Tel: +61 8 8222 3000
  • Research Interests

    The National Mycology Reference Centre has research interests in the following areas:

    • Antifungal drug discovery.
    • Antifungal susceptibility testing.
    • Surveillance for emerging antifungal resistance.
    • Ecological and epidemiological studies on Candida, Cryptococcus, Scedosporium, Fusarium, Aspergillus and the dermatophytes.
  • Testing Available
    • Definitive identification of yeasts and moulds
    • Antifungal susceptibility testing of yeasts and moulds
    • Referral form Link to external website with current pricing

    Please note that fungal serology testing (galactomannan, Cryptococcal antigen) is available through SA Pathology Link to external website

  • Staff
    Name Position
    Sarah Kidd Head, National Mycology Reference Centre,
    SA Pathology
    Helen Alexiou Medical Scientist
    Ian Ross Medical Scientist
    Rotational Staff
    Sonia Kralj Technical Officer
    Scott Robson Technical Officer
    Helen Fry Technical Officer
    Emeritus Mycologist
    David Ellis Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide

The National Mycology Reference Centre does not provide patient consultations or referrals. Individuals with concerns about fungal infection should seek advice from a registered healthcare professional. Information is provided for education and scientific purposes only and is not intended to replace advice from a registered healthcare professional. Information about a service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement.

School of Biological Sciences



Dr David Ellis