Genetics Education and Health Research

  • Research Group Leader

    Professor Sylvia Metcalfe
    T: +61 3 38341 6309
    E: sylviaam@unimelb.edu.au
    Location: Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, 5 West, Zone C, Royal Children's Hospital
    W: Personal web page

Research Overview

Under the campus partnership, our research is embedded in MCRI.  Full research profile may be found at https://www.mcri.edu.au/users/professor-sylvia-metcalfe

As genomic technologies continue to expand, the impact this will have on individuals, families, health professionals and the wider community has educational, ethical and broader social implications. The Genetics Education and Health Research team explores and evaluates the provision and impact of genomic technologies and genetic services, as well as contributing to the development of educational programs. The research aims to promote understanding of genetics and genomics, and inform evidence-based practice, among families, health professionals and the community.

The group combines experience in genetics education, program evaluation, ethics and genetic counselling with mixed methods approaches, including qualitative - interviews and focus groups - and quantitative, using surveys and audits. This unique blend of expertise has led to the group becoming one of the world leaders in research of the clinical and social implications of genomics.

The group's current research covers three main areas: (1) understanding and decision-making about genetic testing, including population-based screening and personal genomic testing; (2) investigating current and future education and training needs of the Australian workforce in genomic medicine;  (3) experiences of diagnosis of genetic conditions, including during the prenatal period, and experiences of families living with genetic conditions.

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)