Clinical Genetics

Clinical geneticists diagnose, treat and manage who have, or are at risk of having, genetic or inherited conditions. The science of genetics, genetic counselling and syndrome identification, enable clinical geneticists to provide patients and their families with genetic information which enhances the health management of those patients over the course of their life. Conditions commonly treated by clinical geneticists include muscular dystrophy, chromosome disorders, cystic fibrosis, intellectual or developmental disability, birth defects, still births, early infant death and some forms of cancer.

Clinical Practice

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.

Statistics and information - Clinical Genetics

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours
QLD

Average Age
QLD

% Aged 60+
QLD

No data for the workforce intending to retire by 2027

NA

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Location - QLD

Regional
Major cities

Public/Private QLD

Private
Public

Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Length of Training

6 years full-time (3 years basic training, 3 years advanced training)

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RACP.

Training program overview

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.

Eligibility

Applicants must hold current medical registration, have completed RACP basic training requirements and have secured appointment to an appropriate advanced training position.

Flexibility

Minimum 40% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 8 years.

Interrupted training

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).