In the media: How genetic counsellors and ultra-rapid testing help parents search for answers they dread
The Australian Genomics Acute Care study provides the families of critically unwell babies access to rapid genomic testing, in the case that a rare, genetic condition is suspected. The national program, which is also being piloted in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, aims to provide genetic testing for up to 250 babies in neonatal paediatric intensive care units within a maximum of five days.
Genetic counsellors play a crucial role in the trial, meeting anxious parents and helping to guide them through the entire process. You can read more about genetic counsellors involved in the study and the benefits for families in Kate Aubusson's recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald.