Introduction to Genetic Counselling - HKU SPACE: General & Environmental Sciences courses
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Introduction to Genetic Counselling

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10 weeks
English and supplemented with Cantonese
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Deadline on 05 Aug 2017 (Sat)

With the advances of molecular technology and identification of increasing number of genetic variants and disease markers, genetics has become an integral part of modern medicine.
Genetic counselling, a communication process which deals with the occurrence, or risk of occurrence, of a genetic disorder in a family, is in high demand in Hong Kong, because of the need for pre-test and post-test counselling for the increasing number of complex genetic and genomic tests.
This short course aims to create awareness and provides an introduction to the field of genetic counselling to healthcare professionals.

The course is suitable for all local doctors e.g. obstetricians, paediatricians, or private physicians; nurses; midwives; scientists, psychologists and other professionals with clinical or laboratory background. It is also suitable for those who would like to update their knowledge in genetics or genetic counselling.
  1. To provide participants with basic knowledge of genetics and genetic diseases.
  2. To introduce the principles of genetic counselling and communication skills in genetic counselling.
  3. To serve as a preparatory course for further studies in genetic counseling.
Written assessment consists of multiple choice questions.  Passing score is 50%.  Statement of Achievement will be issued to students who have passed the written assessment and have attained an overall attendance of 70%.
Application Code 1540-1588NW -
Time 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Venue HKU SPACE Admiralty Centre / United Centre

  • Course Dates (Every Wednesday) (10 meetings of 2 hours each)
    8 August 2017 (Tuesday)
    16 August 2017
    23 August 2017
    30 August 2017
    6 September 2017
    13 September 2017
    20 September 2017
    27 September 2017
    11 October 2017
    24 October 2017 (Tuesday)
  • Dr Brian CHUNG, Clinical Geneticist, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, HKU
  • Dr LEE Chin Peng, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, HKU
  • Dr Anita KAN, Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, QMH
  • Dr Kelvin CHAN, Laboratory Director - Prenatal Diagnostic Laboratory, Tsan Yuk Hospital
  • Dr Hannah SHIPMAN, Genetic Counsellor (UK), Postdoc Fellow, HKU

Topics to be taught:

1.    Role and responsibilities of genetic counsellor - global perspective

  • Introduction to human genetics
  • Mode of inheritance

2.    Principle of genetic counselling

  • Philosophy
  • Non-directiveness
  • Risk and uncertainty
  • Psychosocial support

3.    Genetic counselling in action I – getting information from the families

  • History taking
  • Pedigree construction
  • Communication
4.    Genetic testing I
  • informed consent
  • cytogenetic
5.     Genetic Testing II
  • molecular test
  • new genomic technologies
6.     Genetic counselling in action II – Case discussion on how genetics can influence patient care
7.     Paediatric counselling
8.     Prenatal counselling 
9.     Cancer genetic counselling
10.  Genetic counselling in practice
  • ethics
  • discussion :  where to go or what to do for further studies
Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$9000 (Subject to review)
Continuing Professional Development (CME/CPD/CNE/PEM Points)
12 CPD Points awarded to Medical Laboratory Technologists
20 CME Points awarded to Obstetricians / Gynaecologists
18 CME Points awarded to Paediatricians
20 CME Points awarded to Pathologists
18 CNE Points awarded to Registered Nurses (General) / Enrolled Nurses (General)
18 PEM Points awarded to Registered Midwives

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Enrolment Method

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  1. Complete the online application form

    Applicant may click the icon Apply Now on the top right hand corner of the programme/course webpage to make online application, and then follow the instructions to fill in the online application form.

    Some programmes/courses may be admitted by selection, and may require applicants to provide electronic copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of qualification) as indicated on the programme/course webpage.  Only file format in doc, docx, jpg and pdf are supported. 

  2. Make Online Payment

    Pay the programme/course fees by either using:

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit

    Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or Mastercard including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”.

To know more about online enrolment and payment, please refer to the user guide of Online Enrolment and Payment:


In Person / Mail

For first time enrolment

Applicants must provide all the required information on the application form and any additional information as required after the intial application assessment. Otherwise the School may not be able to process the admission/enrolment further.

  1. For first come, first served short courses, complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26 and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.  
  2. Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Forms are usually available at the enrolment centres or on request from programme staff. Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

For continuing enrolment in the same course

In person or by post
  1. The standard ‘Enrolment/Payment Slip’ is designed for students of award-bearing programmes or remaining programmes in a suite of programmes requiring continuing enrolment and it applies to most programmes.
  2. Students should complete the “Enrolment/Payment Slip” which will be made available by relevant programme staff and return the slip to any HKU SPACE enrolment centre or post it to the relevant programme staff with appropriate fee payment.

If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres. 

Please note the followings for programme/course enrollment:

  1. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended for the web browser.
  2. Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes.  Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.
  3. Only S-MILES and Early Bird Discount are supported in Online Applicants (Application).  To enjoy other types of discount, please visit one of our enrolment centres.
  4. During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur.  Successful payment may not guarantee successful application.  In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.
  5. Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.
  6. For online enrolment, payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully.  In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account.  You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  7. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).
  8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.