Over the years there have been several incarnations of a Victorian Histology Discussion Group. The current Histology Group of Victoria Inc. evolved from a committee formed by a group of like-minded senior histology scientists representing major public hospitals and private pathology providers in the state of Victoria. Their intent was to create a Histology discussion group that catered to the needs of all people with an interest in Histology. This was not to be limited to medical scientists, and had the primary goal of provision of education to local Victorian members. On August 6th 1997, the HGV officially became an incorporated association.
The inaugural AGM of HGV Incorporated was on March 19th 1998. The elected committee was; President: Tristan Roberts, Vice President: Sue Sturrock, Treasurer: John Mills, Secretary: Alan Sutton Committee: Clare Christian, Irene Giouzeppos, Piero Nelva, Mike Rentsch, Clyde Riley, Ruth Wilkinson and Jane Witte
Whilst not being recognised in the AGM minutes as having an elected position, Judy Brincat was an incumbent member of the committee prior to the AGM and was subsequently mentioned in the minutes following the AGM, and is thus recognised as being part of the inaugural committee. Judy Brincat retired from the Committee at the end of 2013 after 16 years of service. She has been awarded a Life Member for her years of service.
The HGV has run several one-day seminars, the most recent in 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2010, a joint meeting with HGSA at Coonawarra in 2003 and 2007 and in 2005 hosted the 2nd National Histology Conference in Melbourne which broke all records with a peak attendance of 327. The National Conference in 2013 held at Melbourne's Crown Casino was another great success.
The HGV is proud to remain a non-profit organization whilst maintaining free membership. Our membership base has grown from just over 300 in 1998 to 530 present day.
In 2006 we registered our own Association rules, changed our web address to www.hgv.org.au and formally began regular communications with the other state histology groups to grow Histology education at a National level.
Where are we now?
The HGV mission statement encapsulates our goal of "providing a dynamic continuing education program in which all persons with an interest in Histology and Histotechnology are freely invited to participate". Whilst we cater specifically for Victorians, we have a membership in all states and territories and several overseas.
Our membership is in excess of 530. To further these aims we publish a bi-monthly newsletter - "Paraffinalia". The newsletter includes notification of scientific meetings, conference registrations, reports from previous scientific meetings, journal reviews, advertising, and other general histology news. In 2010 the committee decided to offer electronic receipt of the newsletter. The committee has also set up an online database of antibodies to assist laboratories in sourcing information on those unusual antibodies that are requested by Pathologists. We hope in the future that more of the institutions around Victoria, will support this venture.
What's happening in 2013 and beyond?
April 2013: The HGV hosted the National Conference in Melbourne. It was held at the iconic South Bank precinct with the meeting at Crown Casino. We had record numbers in both the workshops and presentations. All our speakers did an amazing job and made the program even better than expected!
The 2013 Trivia night was held in July and was another great success. The winning team was Peter MacCallum. We had a record number of participants with over 100 people taking part. Tables sold out quickly so make sure to book early in 2014 to avoid disappointment!
March 2014: Joint HGV/HGSA Scientific Meeting Mt Gambier
October/Nov 2014: Look out for information regarding an upcoming conference in Tasmania. Details are still being finalised.