Genetic disorders contribute to mortality and chronic disability and because of their familial nature, a burden of disease and/or risk of recurrence in other family members. Genetic Counsellors work in collaboration with visiting Clinical Geneticist, Genetic Specialists and other local medical and allied health professionals. Genetic counselling may occur via telephone counselling or by appointment at a genetic clinic.
Genetic Counselling is growing rapidly in demand as the genetic components of a number of conditions are identified. The discovery of familial subsets in common chronic diseases and the increase in public awareness about the roles genes play in health will also fuel the increase in demand for service. As demand for Genetic Services increases issues of service availability and access in rural areas will need to be addressed.