The Master of Genetic Counselling course is the entry-level requirement for employment as an associate genetic counsellor and provides opportunities for entry to higher research degrees at masters or doctoral levels.
Genetic counsellors are poised to play a pivotal role in the translation of technology into everyday healthcare. The knowledge and skills gained during the Master of Genetic Counselling are central to the interpretation of complex genetic and genomic information and the implications for individuals and their families.
Genetic counsellors work in many areas including oncology, neurology, cardiology, prenatal and infertility clinics, general adult and paediatric genetic clinics, and in a diverse range of research areas. They are employed in clinical genetics units, interprofessional teams, private practice, laboratories and research teams. As genomic medicine becomes further integrated into mainstream health services, the demand for genetic counselling is growing. As a result, the role of genetic counsellors and the environments in which they work is likely to become increasingly diverse.
Learn more about what a career in genetic counselling offers.
Or listen to Associate Prof Alison McEwen, the Head of Discipline in Genetic Counselling, and Dr Chris Jacobs, Senior Lecturer, from the Graduate School of Health discuss what genetic counselling is and why it’s valuable.