Genetic Counsellor

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Genetic Counsellors are health professionals with specialised training and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counselling. Genetic Counsellors work as members of a healthcare team, providing individuals and families with information on the nature, inheritance, and implications of genetic disorders to help them make informed medical and personal decisions.  Genetic Counsellors are employed in clinical genetics units and work in a range of areas including cancer genetics, predictive testing, paediatric genetics, prenatal genetics and adult genetics.

Postgraduate study is necessary to become a Genetic Counsellor and individuals can enter the field of Genetic Counselling from a variety of different areas such as genetics, psychology, social work, law, nursing/midwifery and science.