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The Centre for Genetics Education


The Centre for Genetics Education is a NSW state-wide education service dedicated to preparing health professionals who are non-genetics trained with the skills and knowledge to manage the impact of genetic and genomic technologies on their practice.

Based at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, the Centre's educational activities aim to promote appropriate and equitable access to genetic services for the people of New South Wales.

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Royal North Shore Hospital Community Health Centre
Level 5, 2c Herbert Street
St Leonards NSW 2065
Telephone +61 (0) 2 9462 9599
Facsimile +61 (0) 2 9906 7529

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Meet the team...

Kate Dunlop

Kate Dunlop:  Director

Kate is the Director of the Centre for Genetics Education. She has worked in education in the health setting for over 20 years and has wide experience in program management, resource development and educating health professionals as well as students, patients and the community generally.

Her particular interests include familial cancer, public health genetics including family health history, screening and evaluation, and communication skills training.

Kate has a BAppSc(Nurs), DipEd(Adult) and a MPH(USYD), and is  a Clinical Lecturer, Sydney Medical School- Northern, University of Sydney.

Mona Saleh

Mona Saleh: Program Leader/Senior Genetic Counsellor

Mona initially trained as a scientist and then became interested in genetic counselling. She completed her Human Genetics Society of Australasia Fellowship in genetic counselling in 2000. As a genetic counsellor, Mona worked with individuals and families in a variety of settings including prenatal, adult onset conditions and paediatric genetics.

Together with genetic counselling, Mona's love of education led to her current role at The Centre. Mona has provided education to undergraduates, post graduates, professionals and community groups and enjoys communicating about genetic health to all audiences.

Her research interests include communication and the impact genetics can have on individuals from all walks of life. She completed her Doctoral Thesis at UNSW on the topic of Cancer, Culture and Genetics.


Marie Brigitte Cusack:  Program Leader (GP Education)

As a pharmacist, she has delivered educational programs to General Practitioners (GPs), health professionals and consumers for over 14 years, within the primary care and community setting.

With a focus on improving quality use of healthcare, Brigitte is interested in current evidence-based use of genetic screening and testing in prenatal care, chronic conditions and medication management.

Brigitte is working to improve GP access to the resources of the Centre for Genetics Education.

Zoe Prichard:  Senior Project Officer (genomics education)

Zoe completed her undergraduate training in biochemistry and began her career as a forensic DNA scientist. 

She later completed a Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling and her interest in research led to a PhD in human genetics and human behaviour at the ANU.  Zoe has a diverse array of work experience, including policy, research and project work for state and commonwealth government, post-doctoral fellowships in both psychology and rare genetic diseases while living in Canada, and a project management role assisting the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics. 

Zoe currently works as a senior project officer in genomic education, supporting the Australian Genomic Health Alliance (Program 4) of which the Centre for Genetic Education is a participant organisation.  

Romy Kerr: Project Officer

Romy is currently completing a Masters of Genetic Counselling through the University of Sydney. She has a background in genetic science and has a BSc Med (Honours) in human genetics. Her interest in promoting education in genetics led her to genetic counselling and to her current role at the Centre for Genetics Education.

Romy is currently working on a project to identify educational needs of nurses and allied health professionals in genetics and genomics to inform the development of a new education resource.


Vicki Reid

Vicki Reid: Office Manager

Vicki has worked as the Office Manager in the Centre for many years managing general administration, triaging telephone and online enquiries, maintaining the database and resources, providing executive assistance and keeping the website details up to date. She has provided administrative support to the Centre, the community and health professionals through many changes in genetic technologies and education, and in the Centre itself. Vicki has completed training in both Administration and Social Welfare.


Last updated: Sep 16, 2016