University of Technology Sydney

96856 Cancer Genetic Counselling

3cp; 2hpw (workshop, live and online, wks 1-6)


Cancer is a common illness and genomic testing is increasingly being used to help with treatment planning. This subject provides students with skills-based learning in areas related to cancer genetic counselling. Risk assessment tools are introduced and case studies, class discussions, and role plays are used to develop core genetic counselling skills for clinicians working in oncology. Students are invited to reflect on ways to engage and build effective relationships with people from diverse communities who are undergoing familial cancer risk assessment. Students consider the skills and approaches necessary to work effectively with clients who are sick, seriously ill or dying, and with bereaved relatives. Family communication strategies are further developed.

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