Journal article

Educating Genetic Counselors in Australia-Developing a Masters Program

Margaret Sahhar, Jan Hodgson, Samantha Wake

JOURNAL OF GENETIC COUNSELING | SPRINGER | Published : 2013

Abstract

In 2005 a publication about genetic counseling training in Australia recommended that a 2 year Masters program be established to better equip Australian genetic counselors with increased clinical skills and genetic knowledge (Sahhar et al. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 14(4), 283-294, 2005). A 2 year Masters program, it was argued, would increase the possibility of international reciprocity, thus increasing the employment opportunities for Australian trained genetic counselors overseas. In 2008 the first 2 year professional Masters program in Australia began at the University of Melbourne. The model for how this was achieved is discussed, along with the impact of the competencies developed ..

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