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Overview

A genetics course designed specifically for maternity health professionals by clinicians with expertise in prenatal screening and diagnosis.

This course is due for release January 2021

Developed as a joint initiative between the Mobile Learning Unit, Melbourne Medical School, and Mercy Perinatal, Mercy Hospital for Women.

Genetic technology advances rapidly, and it is challenging for clinicians to keep abreast of new testing options and best practice in maternity care. This course will help doctors and midwives acquire the knowledge and skills they need to confidently provide prenatal and pre-pregnancy genetic screening in their daily practice.

DESIGNED FOR


Midwives and doctors providing antenatal and pre-pregnancy care to women and their partners.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Strengthen your understanding of DNA and inheritance with specific relevance to reproductive health.
  2. Understand the principles of prenatal screening and reproductive carrier screening.
  3. Identify couples that should be offered a genetic counselling referral.
  4. Become familiar with professional society recommendations for clinical practice.
  5. Be able to discuss options for screening in a manner that respects a woman’s preferences and values.
  6. Describe and compare the common prenatal screening tests, including first trimester combined test, non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and second trimester serum screening.
  7. Provide general information to patients about prenatal diagnosis and chromosome testing.
    Understand the place of assisted reproduction technology and preimplantation genetic testing.

COURSE OUTLINE


COURSE UNITS

  • Tutorial 1: Genes, chromosomes and genomics
  • Tutorial 2: Principles of reproductive screening
  • Tutorial 3: Prenatal screening for chromosome conditions
  • Tutorial 4: Genetic carrier screening
  • Tutorial 5: Prenatal diagnosis
  • Tutorial 6: Assisted reproduction and preimplantation genetic testing


KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  1. Understand the basis of genetic inheritance, mechanisms of genetic variation, and the difference between “genetics” and “genomics”
  2. Apply the clinical and ethical principles underpinning prenatal screening to clinical practice
  3. Identify couples that require a genetic counselling referral
  4. Concisely articulate options for prenatal screening
  5. Provide general information to patients about prenatal diagnostic procedures
  6. Understand the indications and methods used for pre-implantation genetic testing
  7. Describe the current options for genetic carrier screening
  8. Recognise and reflect on the ethical considerations in prenatal genomic testing
  9. Use disability-positive language when discussing genetic variation and congenital health conditions


ASSESSMENT


A Certificate of Completion is issued upon satisfactory completion of the course assessment requirements: 6 tutorial unit self-assessments and 10 case studies.

DELIVERY MODE


Course completion requires approximately 6 hours of elearning. Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location. Program material can be accessed through the eLearning Education app on mobiles and tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Program material can also be accessed on a PC using a web browser.

COURSE LEADERS


COURSE DIRECTORS


Associate Professor Lisa Hui

MBBS (Hons) PhD FRANZCOG, DDU, CMFM, GradCert Clin Epi

Prof Lisa Hui

Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Melbourne, Department of Perinatal Medicine, Mercy Hospital for Women, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Northern Health, Reproductive Epidemiology, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Lisa Hui is a maternal-fetal medicine sub-specialist and a clinical researcher with an international reputation in the field of prenatal diagnosis. She is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne and was awarded a Medical Research Futures Fund investigator grant for her work in perinatal genomics. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis in 2020 and is an associate editor of the scientific journal Prenatal Diagnosis. She has given numerous local and international educational talks on prenatal screening and diagnosis.


Dr Tristan Hardy

MBBS (Hons) MRMed PhD FRANZCOG

Tristan Hardy

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Repromed, Dulwich, South Australia, SA Pathology.

Dr. Tristan Hardy is a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist with expertise in reproductive genetics who is currently undertaking a genetic pathology fellowship with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. His PhD in preimplantation genetic testing focussed on improving diagnostic outcomes for couples affected by pregnancy loss. He is passionate about genomics education and is part of the Global Education Outreach Committee of the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis.

COURSE ADVISORY GROUP


Ms Caroline Carr BN PGDipMid MMid

Caroline has been a Clinical Midwife Consultant at a tertiary maternity hospital for over 10 years with experience in midwifery education, driving organisational clinical practice change and implementing innovative collaborative models of care to enable continuity for women and their families. Caroline also is actively involved in research within midwifery practice and is committed to assisting midwives work to their full scope of practice.

Ms Melissa Graetz BSW GradDip(Genetic Couns) FHGSA

Melissa has been a genetic counselor for more than 15 years and has a central role in the Perinatal Medicine and Genetics Services at the Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne. She is a fellow of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia and sits on the HGSA Board of Censors, which is the peak accrediting body for postgraduate genetic counselling programs and for the certification of genetic counsellors.

Dr Monica McGauran, BBiomed, MD, RANZCOG Trainee

Monica is a 4th year RANZCOG trainee based in Melbourne. She is actively involved in teaching medical students at the University of Melbourne through formal tutorials and co-founded the MercyTeach program, encouraging residents and registrars to tutor groups of medical students.

Dr Sewellyn Gale MBBS DA(UK) DRANZCOG FRACGP

Sewellyn has been a rural GP, GP obstetrician and GP anaesthetist for 22 years. She is based in Leongatha in rural Victoria. She is strongly committed to providing holistic continuity for women, from pre-pregnancy counselling, antenatal and intrapartum care and family medicine.

Dr Simone Ridge B Com B Soc Sci BMBS DCH FRACGP

Simone is a fellow of the RACGP and works as a GP in metropolitan Adelaide with special interests in women’s health, paediatrics, breastfeeding medicine and family planning/fertility. She is involved with teaching and supervision of GP registrars.

Ms Elizabeth Callinan BA BSW MSocPolicy

Elizabeth is a Melbourne based freelance writer with a professional background in social policy. She advocates for timely and balanced information and support for prospective parents from a pro-choice, disability positive perspective.

ACCREDITATION


Participants who successfully complete this course will be eligible to receive CPD points from RANZCOG, RACGP, ACRRM or the ACM. The number and type of CPD points are to be confirmed.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE


We anticipate this course will be released in January 2021.

Please complete the Expression of Interest form and we will notify you once the course is released.

CONTACT US

ENQUIRE HERE

E: mobile-learning@unimelb.edu.au

T: +61 3 8344 5673

Course Information

Location

Online

Entry requirements

Participants of this course should be either enrolled in, or have graduated from a midwifery, nursing, genetic counselling, genetics, or medical degree.