A Dedicated Genetic Counselling Service
Genetic Counselling Australia offers genetic counselling services nation-wide. Supervised by a leading clinical geneticist and staffed by passionate and empathetic genetic counsellors, Genetic Counselling Australia aims to inform, educate and empower patients to assist them with understanding and making informed decisions regarding their genetic health.
What services do Genetic Counselling Australia offer?
Genetic Counselling Australia offers genetic counselling services Australia-wide, which:
- Provide you with the opportunity to learn and understand genetic testing, conditions and the relevance this may have for you and your family
- Offer you the opportunity to ask questions and have them answered in an empathic, supportive and empowering environment
- Work with you, at your pace to provide you with the genetic information you need
- Provide you with the opportunity to speak about your personal story and experience
Genetic Counselling Australia offers genetic counselling services to patients who have been referred by medical specialists, doctors and leading pathology services in Australia. In addition, Genetic Counselling Australia can provide genetic counselling in the following areas:
Meet the Team
A/Prof Leslie Sheffield
MB BS, MSc, FRACP, HGSA Cert Clin Genet
Since the 1980s Professor Sheffield has been involved in the design and development of genetic tests. As a Clinical Geneticist based at The Women’s and Royal Children’s Hospitals, he authored more than 100 scientific publications. He has more than twenty years’ experience in writing reports for a molecular genetic diagnostic laboratory and a biochemical laboratory screening for Down syndrome in Pregnancy. In 2007 Les founded myDNA to make genetic interpretation more widely available. He continues to drive the development of new services as Medical Director. He has been on the Editorial Board of Nature’s Journal of Pharmacogenomics since 2006 and is currently the genetic editor of the Internal Medical Journal.
BA, BSc.(Hons), MGenCouns
Kathryn is an Associate Genetic Counsellor with experience counselling patients in the areas of prenatal, carrier screening, breast cancer and rare disease. Kathryn firmly believes in the importance of people being able to make informed decisions relating to their health, family and future, through the provision of information and support. Kathryn possesses over a decade of medical research experience, having previously worked as a scientist in cancer research, specialising in breast cancer and metastasis research. Kathryn is a member of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia and the Australasian Society of Genetic Counsellors.
BA, Dip Ed, Grad Dip Gen Couns
Edith is a trained educator and genetic counsellor, who has experience in prenatal and pre-conception genetic counselling. Edith has directed the education program at GenesFX Health (now myDNA Life) and provides genetic counselling input to the drug specific reports and to patients when required, as well as providing support for Doctors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Genetic Counselling Australia is a dedicated, nation-wide private genetic counselling service. Staffed by experienced genetic counsellors, the service aims to provide patients with the appropriate genetic education and information that they need to assist them with understanding genetic testing and making informed decisions about what will work best for them. They are also able to assist other healthcare professionals in understanding their patients genetic test results, implications and potential next steps. All Genetic Counselling Australia genetic counsellors adhere to the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) code of ethics.
Genetic Counselling Australia leads by example and pride themselves on the values of integrity, empathy, empowerment, autonomy and respect.
Genes are the instructions for the growth and development of our bodies. A genetic condition is caused by an alteration (or change) to a gene or set of genes. Genetic conditions are the cause of many health issues seen at birth and throughout life. They can occur due to inheriting an altered gene from your parents or they can occur randomly before you are born. The severity of genetic conditions varies vastly, however many can cause significant health, developmental and intellectual issues.
Genetic counselling helps people understand their genetics through communication, providing support, information and resources. It facilitates people making informed decisions and adapting to the different implications genetic results can have for an individual on their medical, familial reproductive and psychological situations.
The genetic counselling provided by Genetic Counselling Australia is provided in a supportive and empowering environment.
In accordance with the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) guidelines, Genetic Counselling Australia is supervised by Associate Professor Les Sheffield, a clinical geneticist who has over 50 years’ experience in clinical genetics.
You can read more about A/Prof Sheffield in the “Meet the Team” section.
Genetic Counselling Australia is a dedicated genetic counselling service. Our focus is on providing patients with the appropriate genetic education and information that they need to assist them with understanding genetic testing and making informed decisions about what will work best for them.
Whilst we can direct you to the best area to organise testing, currently you cannot purchase a test from Genetic Counselling Australia.
Yes, following all Genetic Counselling Australia consultations, a letter of correspondence will be sent to your referring healthcare practitioner outlining the main points of the consultation. Please make sure you make your genetic counsellor aware of your referring healthcare practitioner’s details and provide your referral at the time of booking your appointment.
All personal information captured by Genetic Counselling Australia is kept confidential. Any associated paperwork is stored in a secure environment and information will not be disclosed without your consent.
All bookings are made through an online booking system, which will send you an appointment confirmation and reminder.
Please note: payment is required at the time of appointment booking.
Yes, following your Genetic Counselling Australia consultation your genetic counsellor will email or send you a summary of the information discussed which often includes a fact sheet.