Melbourne Genomics education events, courses and other training opportunities for medical professionals and data scientists.

Education events for clinicians

Genomics in the Clinic - Online


1 October - 31 December 2023

  • Each ~4-hour course equips doctors to understand when and how to order a genomic test, and how the test results can inform medical decisions.
  • 3 courses to choose from – genetic conditions, oncology, and paediatric oncology
  • Only available to doctors and other health professionals employed at Melbourne Genomics member organisations

Our Genomics in the Clinic courses have been highly rated by participants and shown to improve knowledge, skills and confidence in using genomics in clinical practice across multiple specialties.

These interactive online courses are a great opportunity to catch up with the fast-moving world of genomics. Doctors, scientists and researchers can pick and choose from three course options: genetic conditions, adult oncology and paediatric oncology.

Learn at your own pace, in your own time.

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Education events for medical scientists

Online learning in variant interpretation


21 November - 31 March 2024

  • Four introductory courses for those new to variant interpretation.
  • An advanced course for professionals familiar with variant interpretation
  • Complete at your own pace, with new modules coming in 2024
  • Only available to those affiliated with Melbourne Genomics member organisations

Variant interpretation is a sought-after and fast-evolving field. The introductory courses provide foundations in the principles and processes involved in variant interpretation. The advanced topics can help you move to the next level of expertise, covering concepts such as pseudogenes, mosaicism, imprinting and more to solve complex cases by closely interrogating genomic and clinical data.

The courses have been highly rated by participants and shown to improve knowledge, skills and confidence in variant interpretation.

For a short time only, you can complete these courses completely online.

Introduction to Germline Clinical Variant Interpretation



  • 3 days of workshops over 3 months
  • In-person + interactive online pre-reading
  • For medical scientists who have recently moved or are ready to move into germline genomics
  • Also relevant to clinicians, researchers and data scientists involved in germline genomics

Variant interpretation is the process of finding and prioritising the variants found in a genomic test, then collecting and curating evidence to determine how likely they are to explain the cause of a condition or cancer, and identifying treatments the patient may respond to.

Learn the principles of variant interpretation and clinical bioinformatics.

Experts in the field review the online content and lead you through practical examples and case studies with peers.

EOIs are open now!

Advanced Clinical Variant Interpretation for Medical Scientists


October-November 2023

  • Two all-day workshops, a month apart
  • Workshops cover advanced topics and complex cases
  • In-person + interactive online pre-reading
  • For medical scientists, researchers and other professionals working in genomics who want to extend their knowledge and skills in diagnostic testing for rare germline disorders

Learn directly from experts in the field.

This course provides an opportunity for those already practising variant interpretation to refresh their understanding of key principles and processes.

Participants apply and extend their knowledge and skills by working through more advanced topics and complex cases.

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Careers events

Careers in diagnostic genomics: diverse qualifications and pathways

WEBINAR RECORDING (Co-hosted with InGeNA on 7 September 2023)

  • One-hour webinar recording
  • Hear from people working in the field –what they do, how they got there, and what they look for in new hires
  • For graduate students or those working in data science who want to hear about careers in genomics

The use of genomics in healthcare is increasing rapidly as the cost and speed of genome sequencing reduce.

This requires a new workforce, upskilled in genomics, to help meet demand. From clinicians knowing how to use the right test, for the right patient, at the right time, to medical scientists knowing how to curate, interpret and classify variants, through to bioinformaticians and other types of data scientists being able to create and continuously refine the pipelines and software to handle and curate big data.

In this webinar, we heard from three people working at the interface of genomics and bioinformatics. Different qualifications and career pathways, each contributing to the implementation of genomics into healthcare.

We also briefly outlined some of the Melbourne Genomics education programs available in clinical variant interpretation.

Whether you’re wanting to get started in translational research, curating big data in a clinical, diagnostic or research setting, or just curious about careers and opportunities in genomics there is something in this webinar recording for you.

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