Genetic Counselling

Genetic Counselling

Genetic counselling is essential when considering genetic testing. Your healthcare professional can provide this or you might like to see a qualified Genetic Counsellor. The healthcare professional ordering the test provides the genetic counselling. Color Genomics have genetic counsellors who are able to assist healthcare professionals, such as GPs, with interpreting test results and how to communicate test results to patients.

A Genetic Counsellor, is able to provide information about genetics and inheritance, genetic testing (where appropriate), calculation of an individual’s cancer risk based on their family health history and/or genetic test results and a cancer risk management plan which may include screening, risk reducing medication and/or preventative surgery.

A Genetic Counsellors role is to provide information and support to people and families to:

  • Investigate a family health history
  • Learn about and adjust to the knowledge of being at increased cancer risk
  • Learn about genetic testing and understand results of testing where performed
  • Learn about ways to manage an increased cancer risk
  • Support decision making regarding ways to manage increased cancer risks
  • Talk about genetic risk information with family members

There are public and private Genetic Counsellors:

Public Familial Cancer Centres (FCCs)

To see a Genetic Counsellor at an FCC you will need a referral from your GP. The cost to see a Genetic Counsellor is covered by Medicare.

Private Geneticists and Genetic Counsellors

Private Genetic Counsellors are available and you will need to check with each provider regarding referral requirements (most will require a referral from your GP) and fees charged. Many private Genetic Counsellors use tele-health and this is a bulk billed service.

For a list of FCCs see – http://pinkhope.org.au/get-support/genetic-counselling/family-cancer-clinics/