Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and provides not-for-profit clinical and laboratory pathology genetic services to thousands of Victorian, Tasmanian and Northern Territorian families every year.
VCGS provides diagnosis, risk assessment, management and counselling for people with genetic conditions. VCGS clinical genetic services comprise clinical genetics and paediatric clinical metabolic services. The team of clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors, laboratory scientists, metabolic physicians, social workers and support staff is committed to delivering a world class accessible genetic service for all Australians.
A global leader in genetic health, VCGS also plays a key role in research and development, translational research and genomics, and policy development in the field of genetics, and strives to innovate and translate the latest research discoveries into excellent clinical care and state of the art testing, screening and patient care. With demand for genetic testing rapidly growing and changing, VCGS now performs more than 200,000 tests annually for families and clients not only in Australia but around the world.
VCGS pathology services comprise of five main laboratories and two affiliated laboratories located within Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital.
- Cytogenetics Laboratory
- Maternal Serum Screening Laboratory
- Metabolic diagnostic Laboratory
- Molecular Genetics Laboratory
- Newborn Screening Laboratory
- Mitochondrial Laboratory (Affiliate)
- Tissue Culture Laboratory (Affiliate)
The VCGS Victorian Newborn Screening (NBS) program celebrates 50th years
The program commenced in 1966 with testing for phenylketonuria in babies from some maternity hospitals and has now grown to test for 25 conditions with more than 99% of Victorian babies screened. To mark this occasion, a symposium and Grand Round was held on 10th February with invited local and interstate expert NBS speakers reflecting on the history, current practice and possible futures of this extremely successful public health program. The day was organised by VCGS and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. Families who have benefited from NBS also participated in the day and provided a particularly poignant and moving account of their experiences. A commemorative booklet was also produced which is available for download along with the speakers’ material.