Useful Genetics Resources
Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
The Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has a variety of resources for patients, families, and doctors available through its website.
NSW Centre for Genetics Education
The NSW Centre for Genetics Education provides information about genetics in healthcare in general, together with information about specific disorders. It includes general information about some social and legal issues in genetics such as genetics and insurance, and genetics and confidentiality.
The NSW Centre for Genetics Education also lists the genetic counselling services provided by State Departments of Health nationally. Genetic counselling services are also provided by some private prenatal clinics and other private providers.
The NSW Centre for Genetics Education maintains a list of support groups in Australia for people with specific genetic disorders and their families.
Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia is the professional body responsible for the training and accreditation of pathologists and medical scientists in Australasia. It has released a series of information leaflets for patients and families regarding medical testing, including some that specifically address issues of genetic testing.
National Institute of Health (NIH)
The National Institute of Health (NIH) in the US provides general information about genetics and genetic testing – http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook
The NIH also provides specific information about particular disorders – http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/
A series of reviews of genetic disorders has been developed by the NIH – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1116/
A resource to explain genetic changes that can occur in cancer has been developed by the Vanderbilt Cancer Centre in the US – http://www.mycancergenome.org/
National Coalition for Health Professional Education
The US National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics has developed resources to help health professionals improve their knowledge of genetics and genetic testing – http://www.nchpeg.org/index.php
Resources have also been developed by the UK’s National Health Service – http://www.geneticseducation.nhs.uk/
Public Health Genomics Foundation
A general resource for genetics in human society is provided by the Public Health Genomics Foundation based in Cambridge, UK.