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Genetic Counselling

Genetics and genomics - how often do you hear and see these words today in mainstream media, and in conversation with family, friends and workmates? Who are the people who will help us to understand what this all means for ourselves, and for our families? This course deep dives into the work of a genetic counsellor, the ways in which the profession is evolving and the future opportunities.

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About this course

Government is investing in research that is driving the introduction of genomic technology into routine healthcare, meaning that access to information about our genetic makeup will be increasingly available. Genetic counsellors are allied health professionals who work at the interface between genetic and genomic science, and the individuals and families living with inherited conditions. In this course we introduce a fictitious family with a family history of cancer and explore the ways a genetic counsellor might work with them. We start with genetic counselling in 2018, reflect on the way history informs the development of the profession, and look to the future as we consider new directions for genetic counsellors. You will be guided by academics who are preparing the next generation of genetic counsellors and hear from practicing genetic counsellors working in a range of roles. You will be encouraged to think about the ways in which the profession of genetic counselling is evolving and the opportunities that lie ahead. If you are curious about genetics and genomics and some of the people who work at the interface between science and families, this course is for you!

Course structure

  1. The present state
  2. The history of genetic counselling
  3. Peering into the future

Why you should do this course

  • Find out about the present state of genetic counselling
  • Learn about the roles of genetic counsellors
  • Develop an awareness of the way in which the history of genetics and genetic counselling informs the profession today
  • Consider the way that exciting developments in the field of genetics and genomics are opening up new opportunities for genetic counsellors
  • Gain insight into the thinking that informs the new Master of Genetic Counselling offered by the UTS Graduate School of Health.

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