Professor Graeme Suthers
BSc (Med), MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA, GAICD
Director – Genetics, Sonic Healthcare (Australia)
Professor Graeme Suthers graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney, where he went on to specialise in paediatrics. His interest in clinical and laboratory genetics was sparked by his interactions with children who had genetic disorders, so he spent five years doing genetic research in Adelaide and Oxford (UK) while also training to become a medical specialist in clinical genetics. He subsequently gained accreditation as a specialist pathologist in laboratory genetics.
Professor Suthers is one of Australia’s most respected experts in the field of genetics. With an outstanding career and deep experience in genetics, healthcare and research, Graeme is nationally and internationally recognised for his expertise in genetic disorders, testing and clinical service provision. He spent 20 years working in Adelaide as a medical specialist, pathologist, and clinical researcher, before joining Sonic Healthcare as the Director of Genetics in 2014. His goal is to provide genetic services of the highest quality and utility to patients, families and managing clinicians.
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Dr Kym Mina
MBBS, PhD, FRCPA (Genetics)
Director – Genetics, Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology
Dr Kym Mina is a medical graduate of the University of Western Australia, with a PhD in epidemiology that was supported by an NHMRC scholarship. She was awarded her FRCPA in genetics in 2012, having attained broad experience in both molecular genetics and cytogenetics in Perth, WA, and Christchurch, NZ.
Dr Mina’s keen interest in translation of new technologies to routine genetic testing subsequently led to a Fellowship year with PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, to develop a data analysis pipeline for diagnostic whole exome sequencing. As a reflection of her public health experience, she conducted the RCPA Genetic Testing Survey 2011, which assessed national genetic testing patterns and funding. Dr Mina also has longstanding involvement in the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate medical and science students and, more recently, supervision of pathology trainees.
A passion for building relationships between clinical services and the laboratory has resulted in Dr Mina’s prominent involvement in several multidisciplinary teams, including the Undiagnosed Diseases Program in WA. She moved with her family to join Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology as Director of Genetics in early 2017.
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Dr James Harraway
MB ChB, FRCPA, DPhil
Director – Genetics, Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
Dr James Harraway completed his medical training in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2005, he was awarded a Nuffield Medical Fellowship to undertake a DPhil at Oxford University, examining the molecular pathogenesis of Cockayne Syndrome. In 2008, he became the first pathologist from New Zealand to obtain a FRCPA in genetic pathology.
Dr Harraway’s interested in Genetics stems back to high school in New Zealand when he was introduced to concepts such as round and wrinkled peas, and Punnet squares, which are used to determine the probability of an offspring having a particular genotype. With his naturally inquisitive scientific mind, he continued to develop these interests throughout medical school, with summer student projects and electives. A few years after working as a junior doctor, he learned about the (then) relatively new subspecialty of genetic pathology, and started his specialist training. Dr Harraway is interested in all areas of genetics, and has particular expertise in inherited and somatic (oncology) genetic testing, and molecular cytogenetics.
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Dr Melanie Galea
MBBS (Hons), BMedSc (Hons), FRCPA (Genetics)
Genetic Pathologist, Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology
Dr Melanie Galea is a medical and medical science graduate from the University of Sydney, and attained her FRCPA in Genetics in 2014. Her genetic pathology career has involved exposure to a broad range of molecular and cytogenetic techniques in Australian diagnostic public and private laboratories in New South Wales and Queensland.
Dr Galea is the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s (RCPA) National Coordinator for Genetic Pathology Training, a member of the RCPA Genetic Advisory Committee, a member of the Evaluation Sub-Committee of the Medical Services Advisory Committee and an Associate Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland.
Dr Galea is particularly interested in the application of massively parallel sequencing technologies to clinical medicine, specifically in constitutional paediatric and somatic solid tumour contexts.
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