GGCAM aims to facilitate and assist the local genetic and genomic counsellors towards achieving their professional aims. Genetic counsellors are health professionals with specialized training and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counselling. Genetic counsellors work as members of a healthcare team, providing individuals and families with information on the nature, inheritance, and implications of genetic disorders to help them make informed medical and personal decisions.
Genetic counsellors identify individuals and/or families who may have or be at risk of inheriting a genetic condition, investigate the problem present in the family, interpret information about the disorder, analyse inheritance patterns and risks of occurrence or recurrence, and review available options with the individual/family in a manner that promotes informed choice and autonomy. Genetic counsellors help people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, and familial implications of how genetics contributes to disease. In addition to the roles described above genetic counsellors guide individuals/families in discussions about test result interpretation, prevention, medical management and any potential therapeutic route in cases concerning prenatal diagnosis.
Genetic counsellors also provide supportive counselling to individuals and families, with sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity, and they address potential ethical issues. Furthermore, they serve as patient advocates and refer individuals and families to available support services and organisations. Genetic counsellors serve as educators and resource people for other healthcare professionals and for the general public.