The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) is a specialist childhood and adult genetics service. We offer a comprehensive range of genetic testing and clinical support services to thousands of individuals and families throughout Australia and the world.
VCGS, along with our parent company, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), has the largest collective genetics expertise in the Southern Hemisphere. Our fully integrated research, diagnostic and clinical genetics service is unique and means patients and health professionals have access to leading technology and are fully supported through a team of clinical geneticists and genetic counsellors.
VCGS is a not-for-profit organisation with all proceeds going back into research. This means we can continue to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.
At VCGS we are scientists, doctors, genetic counsellors, technicians, researchers, nurses, midwives, students and administrators. Our team work closely to provide patients and health professionals with Australasia's most comprehensive clinical and laboratory genetics services.
Clinical geneticists are medical specialists who focus on the diagnosis and management of genetic conditions. Clinical geneticists play an important role in the provision of genetic testing, interpretation of test results and explanation of results to families and doctors. They are experts in dealing with the complexity of genetic testing and the associated ethical issues. Clinical geneticists work closely with genetic counsellors and medical scientists to provide genetic services across a broad range of medical disciplines.
VCGS clinical geneticists provide education to other medical specialties and are actively involved in research. We have seven fully qualified clinical geneticists supported by a large team of genetic counsellors and administrative services.
Genetic counsellors are health professionals with specialised graduate degrees (Masters or Graduate Diplomas) who have training in both clinical genetics and counselling. They have expertise in communicating complex genetic information, discussing family history, arranging genetic testing, interpreting and explaining results of genetic testing, identifying family members with an increased chance of having or carrying a genetic condition and helping to inform those family members.
Genetic counsellors support people through genetic testing including:
- assisting with decision-making about whether to have a test and what test/s to have
- waiting for the results, understanding the meaning of the results and adjusting to the results
- providing supportive counselling to families
- arranging referrals to other health professionals
- and linking families with community support services.
What are the benefits of seeing a genetic counsellor?
When it comes to genetic health, genetic counsellors can give you the personalised help you need. We can work alongside you and your doctor to help you understand complex genetic information and support you in making informed decisions. We can also assist you and your family in managing your genetic health information and adapting to a diagnosis of a genetic condition.
VCGS laboratory medical scientists specialise in research and diagnostics for clinical biochemistry and clinical genetics. Our scientists have a long history of successfully translating research and development into clinical tests and services.
We aim to provide the highest quality genetic testing service and we have the largest number of medical scientists with membership and fellowship qualifications through the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) and the Faculty of Science through the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia.