People with intellectual disability told us they often felt cut out of their own health appointments, as healthcare practitioners spoke to their support person or family instead of to them.
The research led by UNSW Sydney aims to make genetic tests and genetic counselling for people with intellectual disability more accessible and equitable.
Women who found out their genetic risk for breast cancer had fewer regrets than those who opted not to find out.
An unprecedented national project to assess whether thousands of couples are at risk of having children with severe genetic conditions was launched today.
Women newly diagnosed with breast cancer who learn they carry a genetic mutation in a breast cancer gene experience more distress at this test result if they have no family history of the disease.
Screening prospective parents for genetic mutations allows them to make important decisions about the health of their future families.
A streamlined model of education can be used to offer genetic testing to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, and will become more important as increasing numbers of women seek testing.
Genetic testing for children should only be considered where there are clear medical benefits, say UNSW researchers, who've found the potential harmful effects of testing on children’s mental health remains largely unknown.
The rapid reduction in cost of DNA sequencing has made this one-time fantastical idea an emerging reality, but there are many reasons to be cautious, write Caroline Ford and Orin Chisholm.
It's frustrating that patients do not or aren't able to act on results showing their genetic risk factors for cancer, argues Robyn Ward.