Knocked Up Podcast – Rachael Casella

Posted on June 14, 2020

Up until May 2017 Rachael was a normal Mum living in Sydney with her husband Jonathan and their beautiful daughter Mackenzie. They then received news that changed their whole world forever.   Determined to prevent others from experiencing this pain, Rachael turned her research into Mackenzie’s condition into a campaign for genetic carrier testing.   … Continue reading

Knocked Up Podcast: Genetic Testing and Family Planning

Posted on January 16, 2020

At Women’s Health Melbourne, we’re often asked about pregnancy and genetic testing. Who needs genetic screening? When should it happen? What conditions, diseases and genetic mutations should you be tested for? How do the results impact your family planning? (And how do genes work, anyway?) This is a personal issue that can feel scary and … Continue reading

Are fertility issues hereditary?

Posted on November 7, 2018

Some fertility issues are genetic.  Genetic diseases usually run in families, but some can occur for the first time in an individual and from then can be passed down to their future children. Here are some examples of common and rare genetic causes of infertility. Endometriosis While not the only risk factor, endometriosis is 7 … Continue reading

Preconception screening

Posted on May 13, 2018

The 2018 Australia Budget has announced a $500 million dollar investment in preconception genetic screening. This is an area of reproductive medicine that I am passionate about and which was the subject of my PhD, which I completed through the University of Sydney with a year of study conducted overseas at the famous and beautiful … Continue reading