Genetic counselling is a communication process, which aims to help individuals, couples and families understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, familial and reproductive implications of the genetic contribution to specific health conditions. A genetic counsellor (GC) is a healthcare professional with education and training in medical genetics and genetic counselling. The role of a GC is to interpret the cancer risk based on an individual’s personal or family history. They help making an informed decision about an individual’s options for genetic testing. GCs communicate the implications of genetic test results for individuals and their family members. They work with doctors to help make appropriate recommendations regarding options for ongoing surveillance and management
Bhavya Vora (MHGSA)
Associate Genetic Counsellor
MSc (Hons) Genetic Counselling, MSc Medical Genetics
Bhavya is an associate genetic counsellor with years of experience in hereditary cancer genetics, which is his area of specialization. He is a member of the Human Genetic Society of Australasia (HGSA) and is a committee member of the WA branch of the HGSA. He also conducts regular clinics in public health at Genetic Services of Western Australia. His bachelor’s degree in biotechnology and master’s degree in medical genetics provide him with an in-depth understanding of genetics and the associated testing methods. His second master’s degree in genetic counselling enables him to discuss medical and psychosocial aspects of genetic testing.
Bhavya uses analogies to explain the complex nature of genetics. This offers a comprehensive understanding of genetic testing process to his clients diagnosed with cancer and/or those with a family history. He creates a supportive environment working in partnership with his clients to help them make appropriate decisions regarding their options for genetic testing.
Bhavya’s experience working overseas in Scotland, India, New Zealand, and locally in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane has provided him with a sound understanding of multi-ethnic clientele needs. He is sensitive to, and respectful of, everyone’s religious and cultural views. His ability to speak English and many Indian dialects allows him to build a good rapport with his clients.