The Master of Genetic Counselling is a professionally accredited program offered by The University of Melbourne and run through The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS), Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Department of Paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.
Genetic counsellors work in a multidisciplinary team with clinical geneticists, nurses, social workers, dieticians, communicating complex genetic information to individuals and families to facilitate decision making. Genetic counsellors are employed in clinical genetics units and private practice and work in many areas including: cancer genetics, predictive testing, paediatric genetics, prenatal genetics, and adult genetics. Genetic counsellors increasingly are involved in qualitative and quantitative clinical genetic research.
The 2 year Genetic Counselling program uses the expertise of tutors who are clinicians, genetic counsellors, scientists, disability advocates and community members. Students integrate their theoretical knowledge through clinic observations and clinical placements supervised by practising clinical geneticists and genetic counsellors. The program has a strong focus on self-directed and problem-based learning.
On graduation, it is the entry point for employment as an Associate Genetic Counsellor. Graduates are eligible for board certification as a genetic counsellor, through the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) Board of Censors in Genetic Counselling.
For more information about the program, please see The University of Melbourne.