Launching Genetic Counselling and Speech Pathology
The Graduate School of Health launches two new Masters Programs in Genetic Counselling and Speech Pathology, with the first cohorts of students expected to start in February 2019.
With the addition of these two new disciplines, the School becomes an ever more attractive choice for students who are looking to become innovative, ethical and culturally competent healthcare practitioners. Professor Charlie Benrimoj, Head and Director of UTS Graduate School of Health
Two new degrees are being launched simultaneously by UTS’s Graduate School of Health lending more momentum to the rapidly growing School. The first is a Master of Genetic Counselling which offers students the opportunity to join this innovative fast-expanding profession at a time where opportunities are almost unlimited.
Head of Genetic Counselling, Associate Professor Alison McEwen, says the profession is at a pivotal moment. “This is a career that is growing rapidly. According to The National Society of Genetic Counsellors in the US, genetic counselling has grown by 85% since 2006 and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has tipped it to grow another 29% in the next eight years,” she says.
“There are just so many opportunities for people who are going to study genetic counselling in the near future.”
Mary-Anne Young is a Consultant Genetic Counsellor and immediate past president of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia. She has been an important contributor to the Genetic Counselling Curriculum Advisory Committee since the degree was at its conceptual stage and says the research-led teaching aspect and cross-disciplinary benefits of the program being embedded within a health school cannot be underestimated.
“It promotes genetic counsellors as autonomous health professionals who work as part of a team. It’s an incredibly inclusive model that recognises that although the science is important, communication, reflection and diversity are also essential to the future of the profession.”
The other new degree is a Master of Speech Pathology which has been developed by Head of Speech Pathology, Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, in close collaboration with industry partners and incoming academics. She says the new course is based on cutting edge research and has been designed to incorporate the best of new technologies such as telehealth, simulated learning and social media, as well as the traditional aspects of clinical observations and placements.
“There is a very strong, hands-on, practical element to the course that will prepare students for their future careers in the field. This includes an innovative, world-first course in social media in speech pathology, a new clinic being run on campus, and, importantly, business training,” she says.
“The evidence suggests that many of our graduates will either join an existing private practice or start-up their own in the future, so we’ve integrated business skills training to equip them with some strategic direction to succeed at this.”
Dr Caroline Bowen AM is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for Speech Pathology and says the course stands out because of its focus on new technologies and its unique model of student learning.
“The research-based, practice-orientated model aims for students to know the relevance of what they’re learning as well as how to apply it correctly, linking directly to the attributes they will develop as professionals. The course is also exceptional for its focus on case-based inquiry in a collaborative environment, and interprofessional, problem and practice-based learning,” she explains.
The course is also exceptional for its focus on case-based inquiry in a collaborative environment, and interprofessional, problem and practice-based learning
Dr Caroline Bowen AM is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for Speech Pathology
Graduate School of Health’s Head and Director, Professor Charlie Benrimoj says these two new degrees further cement GSH’s reputation as a vibrant and inclusive school of health professionals.
“With the addition of these two new disciplines, the School becomes an ever more attractive choice for students who are looking to become innovative, ethical and culturally competent healthcare practitioners,” he says.
“With courses based on the latest research in both fields, these programs are a direct translation of research with impact.”
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