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Genetic testing for human disease has never been more accessible, nor sought after by health consumers. Genetics counselling and testing is no longer solely the domain of specialist units, but increasingly becoming a routine element of Australian general practice. GPs can order a variety of different genetic tests, but direct-to-consumer marketing means that GPs are being asked to interpret complex tests that they may not have requested. There are a number of common genetic disorders e.g. hereditary haemochromatosis, thalassemia that registrars need to competently assess and manage. Furthermore, registrars increasingly need to consider a genetic contribution to a wide range of patient presentations, as well as develop a best practice approach to genetic counselling and test interpretation.