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Cancer Genetic Counselling

$ 1,500.00


04 March




6 wks


Avg 10 hrs/wk

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Dr Alison McEwen

Dr Alison McEwen
Professor, Graduate School of Health

Alison was the Head of the Department for a number of years and founder of the Master of Genetic Counselling in the Graduate School of Health. She came to UTS from Genetic Health Services New Zealand, where she worked as a senior genetic counsellor.

Alison has held several positions with the Australasian Society of Genetic Counsellors (ASGC) and the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) during the past ten years, including chairing the ASGC between 2014-2016, and the HGSA Board of Censors in Genetic Counselling when the training and certification guidelines underwent a substantial review. She was involved in the accreditation of Master of Genetic Counselling training programs and a member of a working group that prepared the application for professional regulation of genetic counsellors. Alison was also president of the HGSA from 2021-23, the second genetic counsellor to hold this key role. Research interests include genetic counsellor education and training and the ways in which genetic counsellors roles are evolving.

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Dr Georgina Schlub

Dr Georgina Schlub
Lecturer, Graduate School of Health

Georgina joined the UTS Genetic Counselling team as a lecturer in 2023 and has experience in teaching, research, and clinical practice. She is a Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) certified genetic counsellor and currently works as a Genetic Counsellor for the Familial Cancer Service at Royal North Shore Hospital. 

Prior to completing her Masters of Genetic Counselling in 2018, Georgina worked as a postdoctoral research fellow studying population genetics, phylogenetics and evolutionary biology. Her current research interests include the use of bibliotherapy in genetic counselling, and trauma informed clinical practice. 

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Genomic testing holds huge potential to personalise cancer treatment planning for individuals while also equipping families with risk management options. Interpreting genomic test results, assessing risk for individuals and families, and communicating the results are all crucial to harness the benefits of genomic healthcare. This microcredential equips you with skills-based learning and resources, strengthening your capacity to provide evidence-based cancer genetic counselling.

About this microcredential

During this microcredential you will learn about genetic testing technologies, inheritance patterns and risk assessment in familial cancer. You will reflect on family communication and learn skills to enhance discussion of familial cancer with families.  

Each week you will undertake self-paced online study to familiarise yourself with tools and skills used in this rapidly growing field. Weekly live and online sessions (via Zoom) will be provided, where you will interact with professional colleagues and academic genetic counsellors to practice new skills, solve clinical problems and apply your learning to case studies.  

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to equip you to:

  • Facilitate informed decision-making with clients and their families
  • Provide information to empower clients and families
  • Engage in conversations about family communication with clients, family members and other healthcare professionals
  • Interpret genetic and genomic test results for cancer care
  • Perform a familial cancer risk assessment using relevant resources.

This microcredential aligns with the 3-credit point subject, Cancer Genetic Counselling (96856) in the Graduate Certificate in Genetic Counselling Skills (C11375). This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.  

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is suitable for healthcare professionals and laboratory scientists looking to enhance or consolidate their skills in cancer genetic counselling. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Oncologists and surgeons incorporating genomic testing in treatment planning
  • Oncology nurses
  • Members of oncology multi-disciplinary teams
  • Laboratory scientists undertaking genomic testing
  • Genetic counsellors wanting to refresh their knowledge and skills
  • Healthcare managers wanting to learn more about this growing field of genomic healthcare.


Full price: $1,728 (GST free)*

Special price: $1,500 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at the time of purchase.

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course Information

Course outline

This course is structured into four (4) modules. Each module includes self-study materials and facilitated live and online skills-based sessions (on Zoom).

  • Module 1: Introduction to cancer and genetic testing, including an overview of genetic testing technologies
  • Module 2: Genetic counselling and working with families
  • Module 3: Risk assessment and communication in cancer genetic counselling
  • Module 4: Applying evidence to practice, including working through case studies.

Learners are encouraged to attend a minimum of 85% of the online classes which are live, interactive and an opportunity to discuss issues, ask questions, practice skills and get the most out of this microcredential.  

Course learning objectives

By the end of this microcredential you should be able to:

  • Perform a familial cancer risk assessment and facilitate clients’ understanding of risk
  • Facilitate informed decision-making about genomic testing for cancer
  • Interpret genetic and genomic test results (including screening, diagnostic and predictive tests) for individuals with cancer and their families
  • Facilitate family communication about cancer risk and surveillance options.


Participants will be assessed individually across the following two tasks during the course:

Task 1: Fortnightly activities (weight 50%)

Participants complete a series of three short tasks during the session. The tasks will include practice of and reflection on effective communication skills, interpretation of test results, and completion of a familial cancer risk assessment.

Task 2: Response to case scenarios (weight 50%)

This task invites participants to use the knowledge and skills acquired during this course to prepare a written response to a familial cancer case scenario.



  • To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom.   


  • Background knowledge of genetics and genomics, including patterns of inheritance is desirable for participants in this course
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to attend a minimum of 85% of the weekly live and online classes where there are opportunities to practice genetic counselling skills, prepare for assessment tasks, and ask questions.  


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • Multiple enrolment of 6+ staff from the same organisation: Discounted price of $1350 per person.

Each learner must self-enrol and apply the discount code.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount

To obtain your discount code, please contact with:

  • your organisation name, and
  • the 6+ staff names and email addresses for your group enrolment.

How to apply your discount code

Each learner will need to self-enrol and follow the instructions below:

  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the "Have a discount code?" prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your discount code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button.

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Book a session

Mon 04 Mar 2024-
Fri 12 Apr 2024
Expert: Dr Alison McEwen, Dr Georgina Schlub
  • Online via Zoom. Click on the underlined sessions and hours total link below to reveal specific session details.
  • Online
  • 6 sessions, 12 hours total

Enrolments close on Monday, 4 March 2024, 9am (AEDT), or when all places have been filled, whichever occurs first. *Learners are encouraged to attend a minimum of 85% of the online classes which are live, interactive and an opportunity to discuss issues, ask questions, practice skills and get the most out of this microcredential. 


Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.