Lauren Thomas recently completed her Masters of Genetic Counselling, a professionally accredited program required for entry into the field of genetic counselling. As part of her Masters course, Lauren investigated the views of parents of children with genetic conditions about which types of conditions they thought should be screened through reproductive genetic carrier screening. The paper presents the views of 150 parents, highlighting the considerations and complexities associated with deciding which conditions to include in carrier screening panels.
For genetic counsellors, each day is different. They work with specialist health professionals to order genetic tests, interpret clinical genetic reports and help individuals, couples and families understand their genetic make-up.
At the heart everything they do is their client and their role as a translator. Genetic counsellors work between doctors and the families to simplify complex medical information into meaningful messages.
Reproductive carrier screening for fragile X syndrome, spinal muscular atrophy and cystic fibrosis is now a step closer to be listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.