The research strategy being developed for the Discipline aligns with the principles and practices of Genetic Counselling and advances in the field of genetics and genomics.
The research will be relevant to all those who are involved with or affected by issues concerning genetics and genomics, including clients, families, communities, the general public, health professionals from all disciplines, industry and policy makers.
The types of research undertaken will include exploratory studies, the development of interventions to improve practice and education, the translation of research findings into practice and evaluation and outcome studies.
Research will include all aspects of genetic counselling such as:
- Access to, communication about, experience and impact of genetic and genomic assessment, counselling, testing and management
- The development of evidence-based interventions and approaches to improve care, understanding, experiences, communication or education
- Evaluation of the translation of evidence into practice
- The content, process and outcomes of genetic and genomic counselling
- Professional and educational issues for health professionals who practice aspects of genetic and genomic counselling
Current research projects at UTS
Palliative care and genetic/genomic testing
We are working with Jane Phillips, Professor of Palliative Nursing and Director of IMPACCT at UTS on an exploratory study that aims to build the capacity of palliative care health professionals to initiate discussions about genetic and genomic testing with eligible patients and/ or their families. Further studies in this area are planned.
We are working with research partners at the Garvan Institute and the University of Sydney on the and the associated PiGeOn project, a longitudinal study examining psychosocial and ethical issues and outcomes in germline genomic sequencing for cancer.