Today (4 November) is Genetic Counsellors Awareness Day and an opportunity worldwide to celebrate the profession and bring awareness to the value genetic counsellors bring.

This year, Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) would like to present some of our very own genetic counsellors to answer common questions about the profession.

Professors Zornitza Stark, David Thorburn and John Christodoulou are among the 17 Australian researchers who led grants that received a share of $46.5 million for genomics research. The funding is part of the 2021 MRFF Genomics Health Futures Mission round, announced today by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. The projects aim to increase rare disease diagnoses and improve patient outcomes.

Rare Disease Now (RDNow) is a project funded by the RCH Foundation which aims to establish a pathway for children with a rare disease that remains undiagnosed, even after genomic testing. The project seeks to give these children the best chance of receiving a diagnosis and to access the latest clinical trials and treatments.