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Medical specialists - Medical genetics

Medical genetics, also referred to as genetic medicine, involves the diagnosis and management of hereditary disorders - birth defects and inherited susceptibility to health problems.

Medical geneticists' services include newborn screening for genetic disorders, risk assessment for developing a disease in adulthood, genetic counseling, gene therapy and personalized medicine.

The Human genome project and advanced technology have accelerated the evolution of medical genetics to dizzying pace. The rapid development is mirorred by geneticists specialising in areas such as clinical genetics, cytogenetics, genetic counselling, metabolic or biochemical genetics, molecular genetics and mitochondrial genetics. They are often involved in research with a university or larger public hospital and work within those settings.

The Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) is a forum for professionals working in the broader, more research-oriented area. The Society promotes the interest of the science of genetics in Australia and Asia. According to the Society, there are over 900 specialists/researchers working in this field.

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Genetic Services of Western Australia

King Edward Memorial Hospital

Subiaco, WA 6008


South Australian Clinical Genetics Service

Women's and Children's Hospital

North Adelaide, SA 5006

The South Australian Clinical Genetics Service provides genetic counselling and risk assessment; and a range of tests and investigations including chromosome tests, maternal serum and neonatal screening and molecular genetic investigations.

Genetic Health Queensland (GHQ)

Herston, QLD 4029

GHQ is a Queensland-wide service providing diagnostic, educational and genetic counselling services. Medical practitioners may refer people at risk of having a genetic or inherited condition to GHQ.
GHQ has clinics state-wide.

Dr Andreas Zankl

Professor of Medical Genetics Genetic Medicine
Children's Hospital, Westmead

Westmead, NSW 2145


Prof Ravi Savarirayan

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Parkville, VIC 3052



Educating people about the significance of stem cells

Perth, WA 6000


Victorian Clinical Genetics Services

A subsidiary of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Parkville, VIC 3052

The Victorian Clinical Genetics Services is a not-for-profit provider of genetic and genomic services.

The Angelman Syndrome Clinic

Angelman Syndrome Association

Kogarah, NSW 2217


Dr Michael Gattas, Brisbane Genetics

Clinical Geneticist

Greenslopes, QLD 4120

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