Equity in health care
Dr (Elizabeth) Emma Palmer is a Clinical Geneticist at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) and senior clinical lecturer at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney Australia. She is passionate about improving the patient journey for all with rare genetic conditions and their families. Her work aims to improve the recognition of the possibility of genetic conditions by improving clinician education about rare diseases, maximising...view more
Dr (Elizabeth) Emma Palmer is a Clinical Geneticist at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) and senior clinical lecturer at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney Australia. She is passionate about improving the patient journey for all with rare genetic conditions and their families. Her work aims to improve the recognition of the possibility of genetic conditions by improving clinician education about rare diseases, maximising the diagnostic yield of genetic tests and optimising patient care by linking families to best practice guidelines, treatments and supports. She has over 60 peer reviewed journal articles, including those describing 9 new genetic conditions.
She leads the following collaborative research programs:
1. Gene2Care, an innovative rare genetic disease program at SCHN, to ensure all families with genetic conditions have the option of participating in research and being linked to undiagnosed disease pathways and clinical trials.
2. GeneEQUAL a co-design project to improve equity and accessibility of genomic testing and counselling to people with intellectual disabilities. Find out more at www.GeneEQUAL.com
3. CoGENES an interdisciplinary research team improving diagnoses, support and treatments for children with rare genetic epilepsies and their families, and
4. RArEST a collaborative project to improve awareness, education, training and support for rare disease across Australia.
She is also a chief investigator on several national and international rare disease programs including the newly launched national undiagnosed disease program UDN-Aus, the Australian Functional Genomic Network and the Diagnostic Working Group of the Undiagnosed Disease Network International.
She strives to ensure that the patient and family voice is always central to all her research.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES (2014-2019)
PhD conferred November 2019. Application of Massively Parallel Sequencing for the Diagnosis of Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies
USW nominee for CSL Florey Next Generation Award (2018); UNSW Medicine Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research by a Higher Degree Student (2018); Senior Presenter prize, UNSW Paediatric Research week (2018); School of Women and Children’s Health, UNSW Junior Conjoint Award (2018
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, EXETER COLLEGE, UK (1995-1999)
1ST BM PRE-CLINICAL MEDICINE.
BA HONS IN PSYCHOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY AND PHYSIOLOGY. CLASS 1.
Scholar of Exeter College, Fitzgerald Prize and Collection Prizes for academic achievements
MBBS ROYAL FREE AND UNIVERSITY COLLEGE MEDICAL SCHOOL, LONDON, UK (1999-2002)
Nominee for the Gold Medal, London Medical Schools.
Distinctions in Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Subject prizes for achievements in examinations and clinical placements. Boldero, Hart and Dawkins Prize in Paediatrics, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Student Prize Winner, 2nd Philip Seth Belasco and Douglas Cree Prize in Medicine, Horace Jules Prize in Public Health, Bernard Hart Prize in Psychiatry, John Murray Prize in Pharmacology, Joint 2nd Lydell and Leopold Hudson Prize in Surgery, Joint Hetley and Atchison Clinical Prize. Certificates of Merit (1st, 2nd and 3rd Clinical Years) for overall clinical performance
FELLOW OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALASIAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS (CLINICAL GENETICS)(2012)
High Distinction in Unit in Human Genetics (Macquarie University).
DIPLOMA IN TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE, LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE, ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, UK (2006).
The Duncan Prize for best student.
DIPLOMA FROM THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNAECOLOGISTS (2005).
Award for Outstanding Achievement, DRANZCOG oral examination.
MEMBERSHIP OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH, UK (2005)
ASSOCIATE FELLOW OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY, UK (2021)
Recent awards include:
- UNSW nominee for CSL Florey Next Generation Award (2018)
- UNSW Medicine Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research by a Higher Degree Student (2018)
- School of Women and Children’s Health, UNSW Junior Conjoint Award (2018)
- Senior Presenter prize, UNSW Paediatric Research week (2008)
My Research Activities
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
genomics, genetics, intellectual disability, epilepsy, autism, health equity, model of care for rare disease,
2019-2021: Supervisory board member for PhD Student, Suzanne Nevin, University of New South Wales. “Co-development of education and support resources for families with severe early-onset epilepsy”.
2021: Co-supervisor for ILP student, UNSW
2021: Co-supervisor for ILP student, UNSW
2021: Co-supervisor for Honours student, UNSW
2020: Primary Supervisor for Master’s Student: Ella Ward, University of Technology Masters of Genetic Counselling Course. “Co-design of a Family Day for Genetic Epilepsy”
2020: Primary Supervisor for Master’s Student: Jordan Wood, University of Technology Masters of Genetic Counselling Course. “Scoping Review of Individual and Parental Preferences for a Personalised Medicine Program for Rare Paediatric Genetic Disorders”
COGENES puts the family first in all our research and we are informed by our consumer (family) reference group.
- We asked parents of children with genetic epilepsy about their information and support needs. this informed the co-design of two sets of resources:
- We run Genetic Epilepsy Family Days to keep families up to date with the latest research and clinical findings
- We participate in other family days, for example for Genetic Epilepsy Team Australia and SCN2A, CureCLCN4 and Kleefstra syndrome groups
- We have also recorded a range of podcasts and other media: for example
Emma is a moderator for 8 genetic causes of ID/ASD on the Human Disease Gene and GenIDA Websites
Emma is on the following patient advocacy/ rare disease scientific advisory boards:
- SCN2A Australia
- Rare Voices Australia
- SATB2 Australia
Lecturer for UNSW Medicine (Phase 1 and Phase 3); University of Sydney Masters of Genomic Medicine; RACP Fellowship for Clinical Genetics; University of Sydney Masters of Genetic Counselling. Lead Convenor UNSW Short Course Genomics for the Practicing Clinician