As a clinical geneticist I work with patients and families to obtain diagnoses, direct clinical management, and provide clarification about genetic risk. Clinical geneticists are skilled in clinical phenotyping and interpreting genetic test results. With advances in genetic technology and clinically available testing, we now have more sophisticated tools to help achieve these outcomes for patients.
Professor Julie McGaughran
Clinical geneticists work within both public and private facilities, working collaboratively with other health professionals to provide care for their patients. Services commonly provided by clinical geneticists include diagnosis of genetic conditions and disorders, gene testing, genetic counselling and screening of newborn babies or second trimester foetuses for selected genetic conditions.
6 years full-time (3 years basic training, 3 years advanced training)
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RACP.
Clinical genetics advanced training may be undertaken following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Clinical genetics training incorporates work-based learning and assessments, with the curriculum including programs in genetic metabolic medicine and cancer genetics. Successful trainees will attain the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practise as a Clinical Geneticist in Australia or New Zealand.
Applicants must hold current medical registration, have completed RACP basic training requirements and have secured appointment to an appropriate advanced training position.
Minimum 40% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 8 years.
Allowed. Interruptions of more than 12 continuous months may require additional assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis). Interruptions of more than 24 continuous months may require additional training time and/or assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis).