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Type: On-demand
Recorded: 18 Aug 2021


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Preconception genetic carrier screening and early pregnancy testing

On-demand recorded 18 Aug 2021

We are all carriers of at least 3-5 genetic conditions, but we may never be aware of this. Most carriers are healthy individuals who have no family history of the genetic condition(s) they carry.
General practitioners play a key role in assisting patients planning a pregnancy to navigate the genetic screening options available.
Genetic carrier screening is now recommended as part of routine pregnancy care. However, testing patients before conception gives them an opportunity to discuss all reproductive options including preimplantation genetic testing.
In this webinar, Monash IVF specialists will discuss:

  • The importance of genetic carrier screening
  • Current options for patients with regards to genetic carrier screening (basic screen vs expanded panel screen)
  • Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT)
  • How to order both NIPT and genetic carrier screening during pregnancy to provide comprehensive genetic screening
  • How to deal with the results of genetic carrier screening
  • Reproductive options, including preimplantation genetic testing

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the process of genetic carrier screening including pre-test and post-test counselling
  2. Compare the current options for genetic carrier screening
  3. Understand the difference between genetic carrier screening and non-invasive prenatal testing
  4. Understand next steps - how to interpret results for patients and discuss reproductive options for carrier couples
This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event is part of Monash IVF Series. Events in this series are:


Dr Nicole Hall

MBBS (hons) FRACGP GP and GP VMO in high risk antenatal care, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney. Co-chair Antenatal Shared Care Working Party, South West Sydney PHN RACGP representative Stillbirth CRE and Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) Deputy chair, RACGP antenatal/postnatal care special interest group


Dr Tristan Hardy
Medical Director Genetics - Monash IVF Group.

Dr Hardy is the Medical Director of Genetics at Monash IVF Group as well as a Fertility Specialist based in Adelaide. Dr Hardy completed his medical degree at the University of New South Wales and undertook specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. He completed a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and a PhD focussing on new methods of Pre-implantation Genetic Testing. He then went on to complete a fellowship in genetic pathology with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. Dr Hardy’s special interest is genetic testing for patients planning a pregnancy.

Dr Melody Menezes
Head Genetic Counsellor and Scientific Director - Monash Ultrasound for Women

Dr Menezes is the Scientific Director at Monash Ultrasound for Woman, alongside leading the Genetic Counselling Department. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Medicine in 2011, studying fetal development and medicine, and genetic counselling. Her special interest is ethics in medicine, and prenatal screening and testing.

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