Genetic Pathology

Genetic pathologists perform tests on patient samples for mutations in DNA or RNA in order to aid diagnose and manage patients with genetic disorders.

Clinical Practice

Genetic pathologists work as part of multidisciplinary laboratory teams, within both the public and private sector. Genetic pathologists work collaboratively with a range of specialists, including physicians, surgeons, obstetricians and gynaecologists. The range of tests performed by a genetic pathologist can be broad and often straddle many different areas of medicine, including paediatric, adult and obstetric medicine.

Statistics and information - Genetic Pathology

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours
QLD

NA

Average Age
QLD

% Aged 60+
QLD

NA

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

5 years full-time

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

Appointments to Queensland Pathology Training Programs are coordinated by the Medical Support Unit, Pathology Queensland (Health Support Queensland) in conjunction with Pathology Queensland's State Directors and Coordinators of Education and Training. Pathology recruitment is centralised by discipline/sub-specialty and not by facility. Training is accredited through the RCPA.

Training program overview

Genetic pathology training combines knowledge of cell biology and human genetics with computing, informatics and statistical skills to enable the analysis of high volumes of genomic data for diagnosis and management of human diseases arising from inherited, sporadic or somatic genomic variants. Genetic pathology trainees can progress through one of two five-year training programs - biochemical genetics and medical genomics. Training in either program incorporates work-based learning and assessment to position the genetic pathologist to practise as a specialist in either laboratory biochemical genetics or medical genomics and enables them to contribute effectively to translational research and development, undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and other professional activities. Training incorporates work-based learning and assessment. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA).

Eligibility

Applicants must hold registration as a medical practitioner with a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate experience. Applicants must be employed in an accredited laboratory before seeking registration with the College.

Flexibility

Minimum 20% of full-time commitment.

Interrupted training

Allowed - no limit is placed on the time taken to complete training.