The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) delivers accredited courses to Medical Trainees in Clinical Genetics and to Genetic Counsellors.
Our staff contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate genetic education in medicine, nursing and related health sciences and deliver genetic education sessions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) offers training positions in clinical genetics and is a fully accredited centre of training through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). VCGS has a comprehensive, three year training program in clinical genetics where fellows can participate in paediatric, adult and reproductive clinics, as well as gain direct laboratory experience.
The Master of Genetic Counselling is a professionally accredited program offered by The University of Melbourne and run through The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS), Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Department of Paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.
The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) together with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) contributes to genetic teaching and curriculum development at Melbourne and Monash Medical Schools in the faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences.
VCGS, with the consent of clients, provides training opportunities for medical students in its clinics and research opportunities for successful applicants. Our staff lecture to medical students and are involved in their assessment. Medical students also regularly attend outpatient clinics in an observational capacity.
Our 'reproductive genetic carrier screen' (RGCS) has changed names and is now known as prepairTM.
The prepairTM genetic carrier screen gives individuals and couples information about their chance of having a child with cystic fibrosis (CF), fragile X syndrome (FXS) or spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Regardless of family history, couples should be offered information about carrier screening before pregnancy. Awareness of carrier status prior to conception gives couples greater reproductive choice.
The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) is one of only a few pathology providers in Australia to receive accreditation from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for its whole-exome sequencing service and the first in Victoria. This means VCGS can offer the latest in genetic sequencing technology to patients and providers across the country.
In 2016, Victoria is celebrating 50 years of the newborn bloodspot screening program. Based at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) plays a vital role in this program. VCGS operates the screening laboratory for the State and has analysed nearly 80,000 newborn bloodspot samples in 2015.