Interview With a Genetic Counselor: Amy Pearn (Perth, WA)

Amy has been providing cancer genetic services to the public since 2005. She has a Masters in Genetic Counselling from the University of Newcastle, Australia, and is a Certified Genetic Counselor with the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) and the Canadian Association of Genetic Counselors (CAGC). She has worked in public health, research, laboratory and consultative genetic counselling roles in Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia. She is a versatile genetic counselor with a specific interest in cancer genetics. 

She runs her private practice: The Gene Council in Perth, WA and majorly provides telehealth genetic counseling (telegenetics) services to patients and clients from across Australia. She goes on to speak on her views and experience as telehealth GC, on cancer genetic counseling and also on her roller-coaster journey to becoming a certified GC in more than one country and ultimately to starting her own practice.

Interview with Amy Pearn, certified Genetic counselor practicing in Perth, Western Australia.


Interview with a Genetic Counselor – Dr. Mona Saleh ( BSc FHGSA (GC) PhD.

Currently, Assistant Professor at United Arab Emirates University.

” One of the questions I have as I am designing a Masters in Genetic Counseling program now: what did Genetic Counselors wish they had learnt earlier on in their careers?” – Dr Mona Saleh

Welcome all to Interview no 4 with Mona Saleh, Genetic Counselor from Australasia.

Interactive session with a Genetic Counselor – Mona Saleh

Mona trained as a scientist before turning her interest to genetic counselling. She completed her Human Genetics Society of Australasia Fellowship in genetic counselling in 2000. As a genetic counselor, she has worked with individuals and families in a variety of settings including prenatal, adult onset conditions and pediatric genetics.

Mona has successfully combined her love of genetic counselling and education to work as the Program Leader and Senior Genetic Counselor for NSW Health and the University of Sydney. She has provided education to undergraduates, post graduates, professionals and community groups.

Her research interests include communication and the impact genetics can have on individuals from all walks of life. She completed her Doctoral Thesis at UNSW (University of New South Wales) on the topic of Cancer, Culture and Genetics. She currently works as an Assistant Professor at United Arab Emirates University.

Genomics 101: certificate course (by NHS)

Genomics 101: Investigating the Genome Part 1: The Process

Part of a series of courses covering topics such as how DNA is passed from parent to child and how to record a family history, this e-learning has been developed for healthcare professionals with little or no previous genomics knowledge.

There is a series of collection courses available as “Genomics 101 collection”. This is free for NHS and UK universities. If you wish to do the course along with others and have access for 12 months, you can do so by getting a paid membership for £10.

Click here to access their website and register.

Glimpse at other courses from this collection :


3 series webinar by THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC

Click here to register. The 3 series webinar will be on below topics:

Clinical Diagnosis of Developmental Disorders with Chromosomal Microarrays

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020

Time: 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour.

About The Series
Molecular Advances in Reproductive Health Research

In this webinar series you will hear from key reproductive health researchers about how the latest molecular technologies are providing more accurate results faster and more cost effectively than ever before.

From expanded carrier screening, through preimplantation genetic testing (PGT-A and PGT-M) analysis inin vitrofertilization, to pre- and postnatal applications, this series will highlight how molecular technologies from Thermo Fisher Scientific are helping researchers achieve their goals and positively impacting families around the world.

In this webinar series you will learn from key Thermo Fisher Scientific customers in the fields of:Expanded carrier screening researchPGT-A and PGT-M analysisPre- and postnatal chromosomal aberration analysis