The Australasian Society of Genetic Counsellors (ASGC) represents more than 280 members across Australia and New Zealand. The Australasian Society of Genetic Counsellors is a special interest group of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia.
Vision and mission
To provide a strong voice and leadership in the development of policies and guidelines within the discipline of genetic counselling. To support the active involvement of genetic counsellors in research and education.
The Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) first formed in 1977 to provide a forum for the various disciplines collected under the title of Human Genetics. The Australasian Society of Genetic Counsellors was later established to represent those practitioners providing genetic counselling or who were members of the HGSA working in related areas. The HGSA is a full member of the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies and works closely with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia as well as other groups through the Pathology Associations Council.
Genetic Counselling is a self-regulated profession. The Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) Board of Censors for Genetic Counselling assesses candidates for the HGSA Council for the certification of genetic counsellors and accreditation of postgraduate genetic counselling training programs. Those with certification can use the term Fellow of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia FHGSA (genetic counselling). There are mandated Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements to be a certified genetic counsellor.