e-Newsflash - November 2010

Northern hosts new Master of Genetic Counselling program from 2011

Kristine Barlow Stewart

The Discipline of Genetic Medicine is pleased to announce that a new Professional Masters Degree in Genetic Counselling, to be conducted out of the Northern Clinical School, has been launched to meet the challenges of genetic medicine.

The two year, full-time 96 credit point (CP) course will begin in 2011 under the leadership of Professor David Sillence, Head of the Discipline of Genetic Medicine, Sydney Medical School and A/Professor Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Sydney Medical School-Northern and Director, Centre for Genetics Education, Royal North Shore Hospital.

Highlights of the course include a 36 CP Clinical Practice component with a minimum of 13 weeks full time clinical placement, and 200 hours of Reflective Practice. Interstate and international students can complete the fourth semester in their home clinical context with suitable arrangements for supervision.

The home for the program – the Kolling Building at Royal North Shore Hospital - provides an apt setting for the teaching of genetic science and the communication skills essential for the role of a genetic counsellor.

The course will meet the soon-to-be-published accreditation criteria for Master of Genetic Counselling programs developed by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA). Placements with major genetic counselling facilities and community organisations representing patients with rare genetic disorders will be required.

Inquiries are welcome through Associate Professor Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Course Director: or

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Sydney Medical School - Northern

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