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.

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 Geneticist

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

Average Age

% Aged 60+

25% of 2018 workforce intend to retire by 2028

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Location - QLD

Major cities

Public/Private QLD


Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

2020 QLD Training Program Selections (First Year)

Eligible Applications Received
Applicants Selected

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2020 to the total number of eligible applications*

The data was sourced from the relevant medical specialist college, or from selection committees coordinated by a Queensland Health pathway/network, or an individual facility.


This data reflects a point in time figure for the selection of applicants commencing the first year of an accredited training program in the 2020 clinical year.

The collection of the selection data occurred prior to the declaration of a public health emergency in Queensland due to the COVID-19 pandemic (29 January 2020).

* eligible applications are determined by selection committees according to the eligibility criteria and required documentation prescribed by the relevant medical specialist college.

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2020 to the total number of eligible applications.

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PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


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.


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.

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).

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