Journal article

Genetic Counsellors and Private Practice: Professional Turbulence and Common Values

Sarah Collis, Clara Gaff, Samantha Wake, Alison McEwen



Genetic counsellors face tensions between past and future identities: between established values and goals, and a broadening scope of settings and activities. This study examines the advent of genetic counsellors in private practice in Australia and New Zealand from the perspectives of the small numbers working in this sector and those who have only worked in public practice. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 genetic counsellors who had experience in private practice, and 14 genetic counsellors without private sector experience. Results demonstrated that circumstantial and personal factors can mitigate the challenges experienced and the amount of support desired by those who ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We wish to acknowledge the genetic counsellors who participated in this research; thank you for generously sharing your experiences. This study was completed in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the first author's Master of Genetic Counselling at The University of Melbourne, financially assisted by a Graduate Access Melbourne Bursary (2015), and The Samantha Wake Travel Grant (2016).