The Cancer Genetics Group is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) and Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA). The group provides a national forum for discussion and interaction among clinical, research and support service personnel engaged in cancer genetics research, treatment and management.

The group is represented by an executive committee with interest in the germline and somatic aspects of cancer genetics. Our membership includes a broad range of professionals, including; Clinical Geneticists, Genetic Counsellors, Oncologists, Scientists, Researchers and others who have an interest in cancer genetics across Australasia.

Some of the issues in which the group has interest include:

  • supporting continuing education of cancer health care professionals on relevant cancer genetics topics
  • facilitating networks within familial and/or somatic cancer genetics communities in Australia to accelerate the translation of genetic discoveries into meaningful improvements in care pathways and outcomes for patients
  • development of consistent clinical protocols across Australia
  • advocacy on issues related to cancer genetics

The group holds professional development days and webinars, and contributes to various scientific meetings.

We encourage anyone working in or with a special interest in cancer genetics to become a member of the Cancer Genetics group.

Chair: Lucinda Salmon (Austin Health, VIC)


Familial Cancer Group Terms of Reference (pdf) - Council approved 29 August 2014