The Genetics Clinic at Monash Hospital, as part of Monash Health, assists with the diagnosis, management, counselling and support of children and adults with a wide range of genetic disorders and also includes prenatal diagnosis for various genetic conditions.
These range from the more common genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis and Down syndrome to rarer genetic conditions.
The genetics team uses a non-directive, patient-centered care approach, assisting patients and families to understand and make informed decisions about their healthcare options.
Patients attending this service may have a genetic disorder or be at risk of one through their family history.
Most genetic consultations are outpatient appointments at Monash Medical Centre Clayton, and a weekly outpatient clinic is also held at Berwick Healthcare. Ward consultations can also be organised as required.
Genomics is a relatively new discipline which offers large scale genetic testing, enabling all of an individual’s genes to be read in a single test. Monash Genetics is committed to the advances in genomic technology, offering testing for some adults and children with rare and complex syndromes.
Genomic testing is not currently funded by Medicare. However, some genomic testing is funded through the Melbourne Genomic Health Alliance – a research consortium aiming to evaluate the impact of this technology on patients and the healthcare system, whereas others, who don’t meet the entry criteria for the Melbourne Genomics study, may be approved via other routes for a funded test.
The general genetics team holds various multi-disciplinary specialty clinics in neurogenetics; cardiac genetics; skeletal dysplasias; hearing loss; craniofacial and cleft lip and palate; genetic skin conditions; 22q11 deletion syndrome; and genetic renal conditions. These clinics are held periodically throughout the year, involving a multidisciplinary team of specialists in the particular area of expertise. Please contact our clinic if you want further information about when the next available clinic is (contact details below).
Genetic testing is organised, when appropriate, to assist with diagnosis and management of various genetic conditions. After diagnosis, patients (or their parent or guardian) will receive a management plan and detailed summary letter to assist communication with relatives and other healthcare providers. They may be referred to specialist clinics for assessment, and/or ongoing management which may include medical, surgical or allied health interventions.
Our multi-disciplinary service is led by Unit Head, Dr Matthew Hunter, clinical geneticist, and Unit Manager, Katherine Rose, senior genetic counsellor. Dr Hunter completed his medical degree at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and went on to specialise in paediatrics in Brisbane and Melbourne before sub-specialising in clinical genetics at the Victorian Clinical Genetics Service.
Other clinical geneticists in the team include Dr Alison Yeung, and Dr Emma Krzesinski, neurologist & clinical geneticist Associate Professor Michael Fahey, and visiting specialists including Associate Professor Tiong Tan and Associate Professor Ravi Savarirayan.
Our team of a number of dedicated genetic counsellors are available daily for advice regarding referrals and patient care.
Secure eReferral by HealthLink is now our preferred method of referral.
Find up-to-date information about how to send a referral to Monash Health Specialist Consulting Clinics on the eReferrals page on our website.
Referrals to the Genetics Department at Monash Children’s Hospital should be addressed to the Head of Unit, Dr Matthew Hunter. The patient will be seen by a clinician within this specialty. The referral should indicate that it is valid for an indefinite period. It is vital to include genetic test results if these were not performed at Monash Health. Correspondence regarding the patient’s contact with our clinic will be sent back to the referring doctor and other relevant doctors.
Please see referral guidelines to the Genetics Department.
Please note: Monash Health also has another genetics department, the Familial Cancer Centre (FCC), which focuses on the diagnosis and counselling of inherited cancer syndromes. Referrals to the FCC should be made separately.