April 27, 2022
Screenshot from the webinar

Genomic testing has been proven to make a difference in care for children with complex genetic conditions and many of these children now qualify for Medicare funded tests.

The Melbourne Genomics education team again joined up with the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) to present the second instalment in a webinar series for paediatricians on ordering Medicare-qualified exome sequencing tests for children with a suspected complex genetic condition*.

The webinar, Interpreting genomic test reports, was well attended by more than 80 people. Clinical Geneticist Prof Sue White, Senior Genetic Counsellor Lisette Curnow and Clinical Liaison and Genomic Program Manager Justine Elliott of VCGS co-presented the webinar with Fran Maher, Education Officer from the Melbourne Genomics team.

“This series is aimed at filling a knowledge and confidence gap,” said Prof Sue White.

“Interpreting genomic test reports, understanding the outcomes of genomic testing and how that informs patient management – that’s our core business. It’ll take time and support for paediatricians to incorporate something as new and relatively demanding as genomics into their practice.”

“It’s why we’re making resources – like this webinar series – available.”

The webinar was very well received, with 96% of those who provided feedback rating it ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.

This series is part of a broader program of work exploring how genetic and paediatric communities can work together, ensuring patients are able to access and benefit from genomic testing through their paediatrician.

The Melbourne Genomics education team will continue developing learning opportunities. To stay in the loop, sign up to our newsletter below or visit our workshops page.

*Medicare items #73358 and #73359

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