Level: Postgraduate coursework
Knowledge in genetics and genomics directly impacting on human health has expanded rapidly in recent years. A genetic counsellor, as a member of a medical genetics team, provides families with information about: genetic conditions due to single gene variations or chromosome changes; genetic conditions due to multi-gene variations and gene-environment interactions; screening and genetic testing; genetic test results and risk estimates for genetic conditions; and also provides support for decision making, coming to terms with the impact of test results, and family communication.
The genetic counselling program at Sydney Medical School is offered at the graduate diploma and master's degree level. The two year master's course complies with international standards and fulfils the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) requirements for Part 1 Certification and entry into Part 2 of the professional certification for genetic counselling.