Celebrating Genetic Counsellors

Adapted and shared with permission of the Australian Society of Genetic Counsellors

This year, the Australian Society of Genetic Counsellors (ASGC) partnered with the US National Society of Genetic Counsellors (NGSC) to celebrate genetic counsellors all across Australia and New Zealand.

Genetic Counsellors are a growing group of allied health professionals leading the way in providing support, information and guidance to patients and families about genetics and genetic testing.

“Many people are unaware of how Genetic Counsellors could help them, and many who might benefit from seeing a genetic counsellor may not know we exist,” said Laura Yeates, Chairperson of the Australasian Society of Genetic Counsellors (ASGC).

“Genetic counsellors have specialised training in genetics and counselling and play a vital role in helping individuals and families understand the impact of inherited conditions. We can provide support and guidance on whether genetic testing may or may not be right for you and help you make informed choices about your healthcare.”

In Australia and New Zealand, there are about 220 Genetic Counsellors working in clinical services.

Genetic counsellors work in many areas of medicine, including cancer, prenatal, cardiology, neurology, infertility, paediatric and adult.

Many work directly with patients in various healthcare settings, while others do research or work in education, public health or in industry settings.

This year, November 8 was Genetic Counsellor Awareness Day.

See more at the Australian Society of Genetic Counsellors (ASGC).

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