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Master of Genetic Counselling

    • CRICOS Code: 061969D

    Course overview

    • 2 years full time / 3 years part time
    • On Campus (Parkville)
    • Available to domestic and international students.
    • Start Year Intake - February

    Overview

    In Australasia, genetic counsellors are allied health professionals who work in partnership with clinical geneticists or other medical specialists, often as part of a multidisciplinary team that may include other allied health professionals and/or scientists.

    Genetic counselling is a communication process that aims to help individuals, couples and families understand and adapt to the implications of a genetic contribution to a health condition.

    The role of a genetic counsellor includes

    • provision of risk information to individuals/families,
    • education about a genetic condition to individuals/families/health professionals
    • counselling to individuals/families to promote informed health care decision making
    • psychosocial support to individuals/families who have a history of a genetic condition

    The Master of Genetic Counselling is a professionally accredited coursework degree, completed full time over two years.

    Learn from leading industry experts

    Teaching staff are primarily practicing genetic counsellors, scientists and clinicians within the field of clinical genetics health care and research. Community support groups and individuals/families with personal/family experience of genetics also provide expertise to the teaching and placements in the course.

    Certification

    Graduating with a Master of Genetic Counselling meets the requirements for entry level professional employment as an associate genetic counsellor, and for Board Eligible certification, awarded through the Board of Censors in Genetic Counselling (Human Genetics Society of Australasia). The attainment of Board Certification requires the submission of a portfolio of work, completed whilst employed as an associate genetic counsellor (www.hgsa.com.au).

    International opportunities

    With well-established links to overseas training programs there are international opportunities for students, through an active exchange program for clinical placements and research collaborations. Graduates of the Masters have the opportunity to undertake certification both in Australia and overseas in those countries with an established reciprocal training and certification agreement.

    Master of Genetic Counselling Indigenous Practitioner Scholarship

    The 2020 Victorian Genetic Counselling Indigenous Practitioner Scholarship Program (the Scholarship) will support you to become a genetic health storyteller and help Victorian individuals, families and communities access the health benefits of this rapidly evolving science. The Scholarship will be tailored to each student and will include a suite of substantial financial and academic supports, to successfully complete the Master of Genetic Counselling program at the University of Melbourne and transition into professional practice. The Scholarship will include a living allowance, payment of course fees, academic support and mentoring, conference travel and other support to enter the Genetic Counselling profession. Additional support may also be available after graduation to complete the practice requirements for professional certification with the Human Genetics Society of Australasia.

    • Do I need a genetic science or counselling background?
      The Scholarship will support up to a year of additional preparatory study for students who need to obtain the relevant genetic science knowledge and counselling experience required to enter the graduate degree program.

    Email an Expression of Interest to A/Prof Jan Hodgson, Program Director Master of Genetic Counselling.

    To be eligible to apply for the Scholarship, you must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, have completed a Bachelor degree and intend to practice in Victoria for a minimum of three years following graduation.

    Scholarships may be awarded if the selection committee decides that an applicant is likely to succeed in the proposed course of study. The number of Scholarships and the amount awarded will be determined after reviewing the needs of all applicants.

    Questions?
    Feel free to call or email A/Prof Jan Hodgson on 03 9345 4936 hodgson@unimelb.edu.au.