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Genetic counselling is all about ensuring our patients have the information and support they need to make informed decisions surrounding genetic testing and their health.

Genetic counsellors are specially trained health care professionals who have advanced training in both medical genetics and counselling and can help with the following areas:

  • How inherited diseases and conditions might affect you and/or your families
  • How family and medical history may impact the changes of disease occurrence or recurrence
  • Which genetic tests may or may not be right for them, and what these tests might reveal
  • Interpretation of details about a disorder and results of genetic testing
  • Review of options to treat or manage a disease or medical condition

They could also liaise with your general practitioner and other medical specialists regarding your results.

Most genetic counsellors are used to working with other health professionals including obstetricians, oncologists and other doctors.

They may provide general care and advice, or specialise in one of more areas including:

  • Prenatal and Preconception – for women are pregnant or wanting to become pregnant
  • Paediatric – for children and their families
  • Cancer – for patients with cancer and their families
  • Cardiovascular – for patients with diseases of the heart or circulatory system and their families
  • Neurology – for patients with diseases of the brain and nervous system and their families

We realise that Genetic testing and the outcomes of these tests can be difficult and confronting for some of our patients, and our skilled and highly trained counsellors are there to support you every step of the way.

All discussions with Olympus Genetics counsellors are completely confidential.

At Olympus Genetics, we follow the Code of Ethics as set out by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia and the Australasian Society of Genetic Counsellors.

More information about this can be found at: www.hgsa.org.au  and www.asgc.org.au

http://www.genetics.edu.au/publications-and-resources/facts-sheets/fact-sheet-6-genetic-counselling
https://www.hgsa.org.au/asgc/frequently-asked-questions
http://www.nsgc.org/page/whoaregcs

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