Health Professionals

Genetics in Family Medicine

The Australian Handbook for General Practitioners

The rapid advances in genetic information has created a need for general practitioners to stay informed about genetic conditions and necessary referrals required for patients and families.

Genetics in Family Medicine: The Australian Handbook for General Practitioners came out of a project initiated by The Australian Government agency Biotechnology Australia.

A good starting point is Genetics at a Glance.

The handbook includes a wealth of information for General Practitioners, as well as downloadable  Fact Sheets for patients and families.

The NHMRC have also produced a useful 'Quick Guide' for assessing the results of direct to consumer genetic testing.



POSSUM is a computer-based system that helps clinicians to diagnose syndromes in their patients. It contains information on more than 3000 syndromes, including multiple malformation syndromes, chromosomal deletions and duplications, skeletal dysplasias and metabolic conditions with dysmorphic features. The comprehensive mediabase with extensive clinical photos for most conditions also includes x-rays, diagrams, and histopathology slides.

POSSUM-web was developed by the Victorian Clinical Genetics Service and Murdoch Children's Research Institute.