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.