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Practical Medical Genomics

The course aims to provide medical practitioners with the specialised knowledge, skills and confidence required to successfully integrate genetics and genomics into their daily practice, including when to consult with clinical genetics and genomics services. The course will also provide resources that will allow medical practitioners to further-extend their knowledge of genetics and genomics following completion of the course, and to enhance skills relevant to future teaching and clinical research.


What you will learn

Course participants will participate in interactive online sessions following a case-based, blended learning approach facilitated by clinical geneticists and ‘genomic champions’ (medical subspecialists already using genomics successfully in their daily practice). This activity will be supported by online learning resources that can be completed in attendees’ own time to deepen the connection between the course and clinical practice.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Decide which of your patients will benefit from genomic testing and select the most appropriate test.
  • Critically interpret genomic test reports.
  • Integrate understanding of relevant genetic concepts into your practice, including when communicating with peers and patients, obtaining informed consent and discussing genetic test results.
  • Develop care plans for individual patients with genetic conditions and their families.
  • Liaise and access available resources including clinical genetics and family advocacy and support services.


Course Presenters

Dr Elizabeth Emma Palmer


Emma Palmer has more than 20 years medical experience and worked in Clinical Genetics for more than 10 years. She is a currently a clinical academic and clinical geneticist at Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (SCHN), Randwick, and a lecturer at the University of New South Wales. She is leading research to delineate novel genetic conditions, investigating how best to support families of children with rare genetic conditions and adults with learning disability around genomic testing, and developing a rare genetic disorder program for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. Emma has extensive teaching experience at both the pre- and post-graduate level and has developed educational resources on genomics for clinicians and patients as part of national and international collaborations.

More information can be found here: https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-elizabeth-emma-palmer

Dr Emily Oates


Emily Oates is a clinical geneticist, an honorary Sydney Children’s Hospital Network staff specialist and an NHMRC research fellow. She has more than 20 years of medical experience, including 14 years of clinical genetics experience. Previously, she worked as part of a world leading clinical and research team based at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She recently returned to Australia to continue her clinical work, establish her own research group, and extend her interest in genetics/genomic education.  Emily’s research team is actively involved in clinical diagnostic and disease gene discovery-based research - and in harnessing advanced genomic and RNA sequencing technologies to extend our understanding of human biology and disease. Emily convenes the UNSW 3rd year Human Molecular Genetics course (Science: BAB3151) and recently led development of a new clinical genomics campus day for senior UNSW medical students. She has also contributed to the development of a genomics-focused UNSW General Education course.

More information can be found here: https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-emily-cathlin-oates

Facilitators and clinical genomic champions

Expert facilitators for case-based learning modules will include genetic counsellors, clinical geneticists, clinical scientists, and “clinical genomic champions” and will be enhanced by opportunities to talk with community advocates and representatives of groups with lived experience of genetic conditions.

Optional assessment

All participants who complete the optional assessment task will be issued with 3 FMECH points upon completion of the course. These points can be credited towards future UNSW postgraduate programs, including the Executive Certificate in Health, attained by achieving 15 points. This Certificate can be used for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for 6 units of credit towards selected UNSW Medicine postgraduate qualifications.

If you plan to apply for RPL in the future, you must complete the optional assessment on this course. You will have the opportunity to indicate your interest in the assessment after completing your enrolment. There is no additional cost for the assessment component.

Who should attend

Clinicians and clinicians-in-training who have an interest in learning about the basics of clinical genomics and precision medicine.  Relevant professions include paediatricians, obstetricians, general physicians, sub-specialists and GPs.



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