Hazel Associate Genetic Counsellor
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Genetics (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Master of Genetic Counselling (University of Melbourne)
Member of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (MHGSA)
Member of the Australasian Society of Genetic Counsellors (ASGC)
Member of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA)
Member of The Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association (ANZICA)
Hazel began her undergraduate studies in genetics and biochemistry in the scenic but chilly location of Dunedin, New Zealand, before relocating to Australia to complete the Master of Genetic Counselling program at the University of Melbourne. In conjunction with her postgraduate studies, Hazel worked as a Clinical Intake Assistant in the Familial Cancer Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and was also involved in the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance Lymphoma research project. Hazel’s own qualitative research project explored the experiences of women and their partners following an increased risk assessment for certain chromosome conditions on non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) during their pregnancy.
Hazel's interest in the complexities of reproductive genetics, combined with her genuine desire to provide non-judgmental and empathic person-centred care, led her to spend several years working with the Monash IVF group before joining the No.1 Fertility team.
Hazel contributes experience in many facets of reproductive genetic counselling, encompassing preconception, IVF, and the prenatal period. She is committed to ongoing professional development and is an active member of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia, the Australasian Society of Genetic Counsellors, the Fertility Society of Australia, and the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association.