Journal article

Genetic Counseling Training and Certification in Australasia

AR McEwen, MA Young, SA Wake



The development of standards for training and certification is essential to the credibility and integrity of a developing profession. Training and certification of genetic counselors in Australasia has undergone a detailed review during the past few years, resulting in changes to the way certification is obtained. This paper presents an overview of the process of developing a robust training and certification program which reflects the social and cultural environment of genetic counselors working in Australasia. A brief history of the development of the profession in Australasia is provided, followed by a detailed discussion of the recent development of Masters programs and a portfolio of wo..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We also thank the many other people who contributed their time, thoughts and energy to the guideline review and the development of the accreditation guidelines, including program directors, ASGC members, the HGSA Clinical Service Committee, and the Board of Censors for Genetic Counseling members who have joined the Board as the guidelines have been introduced. Finally, we thank the HGSA Executive and Council for their support during this review process.