Geneticists

Giving you the best chance of a healthy baby

IVFAustralia specialises in helping couples with a known genetic condition achieve their dream of having healthy children.

Our Genetics team plays an important role in assessing any genetic consequences, and helping you understand test results and implications. In some cases we are able to provide reassurance through counselling and testing, in others we can look at possible treatment options such as IVF and PGD, donor treatments, or further testing, and their implications.

Dr Debra Kennedy, Specialist Geneticist

Dr Kennedy directs the provision of evidence-based genetic services at IVFAustralia with expertise in pregnancy care.

Debra directs the provision of genetic services at IVFAustralia. She trained in paediatrics and clinical genetics in Sydney and Toronto. She also established the MotherSafe clinic at the Royal Hospital for Women in 2000, and remains a Director of the program.

Professor David Coman, Clinical Geneticist

David graduated from the University of Queensland in 1995. He gained wide exposure to General Paediatrics, Neonatology, Clinical Genetics and Metabolic Medicine through training positions in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Melbourne, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Under the supervision of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, David completed his General Paediatric Training in 2005 and sub-specialty training in 2006. David has an active interest in research and was awarded a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Queensland in 2007.

David’s area of expertise is in the diagnosis and management of children with rare diseases. A rare disease is a clinically serious disorder affecting fewer than 1 in 2000 people. 80% of rare diseases are genetic, with the majority affecting children. His extensive training and experience, empathy, professionalism, relaxed nature and sense of humor make him well placed to care for children and their families. David is a passionate rare disease advocate and engages with multiple rare disease support groups. He runs philanthropic Paediatric Outreach Clinics to the Helena Goldie Hospital in the Western Provence of the Solomon Islands.

David is currently involved in multiple research projects aimed at novel disease discovery, improved diagnostic testing and treatments for children with Inherited Genetic Disorders. David is a Clinical Tutor for Paediatrics for the UnitingCare Clinical School. He is actively involved in the teaching of medical students and paediatric trainees and currently holds academic appointments at The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Bond University, and Queensland University of Technology. David has a part time public appointment at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

When not working, David enjoys spending time with his family, watching as much sport as possible and reading comics. He a life-long supporter of the mighty Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

Assoc Prof Carolyn Ellaway, Clinical Geneticist, Metabolic Genetics

Assoc Professor Ellaway joined the team at IVF Australia in May 2022.

Carolyn graduated from Melbourne University in 1991 and then trained in Paediatrics and Clinical Genetics in Sydney and London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasia College of Paediatrics and a Clinical Associate Professor with Sydney University.

She is one of Sydney’s most experienced and sought after genetic metabolic specialists and brings over 20 years experience in this rapidly expanding field. Her area of expertise is the diagnosis and management of children with a wide range of rare genetic disorders including mitochondrial and lysosomal storage disorders, Rett syndrome and related disorders. She works very closely with the NSW Newborn Screening Program. Carolyn participates in clinical research and has published over 90 peer reviewed papers and book chapters.

Carolyn currently consults at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. She also has a private Genetic clinic at Paediatrics North in St Leonards, Sydney.

Carolyn is available to provide expert advice and to discuss genetic test results including for couples having had preconception carrier testing.