To provide your patients with the best outcome, choosing an Australian, accredited, laboratory service such as Genomic Diagnostics is sometimes one aspect of the testing journey.

Because genetic tests and results may be complex, and involve other family members or future family planning options, genetic testing may require a broader and more detailed discussion than required for more simple tests. This discussion may be sometimes be competently provided by a non-genetic medical practitioner, however some tests may require a pre or post-test consultation with specialised genetic counsellors. 

Genomic Diagnostics aims to provide our referrers with support in accessing genetic counselling services. We do this by facilitating referral and free consultations with external providers of genetic counselling for selected tests we provide, or by providing you with a list of genetic counselling services for tests in other cases. As a laboratory service, we are not a direct provider of genetic counselling services.

Genetic Counselling Resources & Processes

The HGSA (Human Genetics Society of Australia) maintains a Register of Genetic Counsellors  for each state and territory in Australia. These people are regulated by the HGSA Board of Censors for Genetic Counselling. To access the list please click here.

Genomic Diagnostics recommends a number of private Genetic Counselling Services who are highly skilled and experienced in a variety of areas.

StateServicePhoneWebsite
ACTCanberra Genetic Counselling02 6162 1649http://www.crhealth.com.au
NSWSydney Cancer Centre02 9304 0438http://www.sydneycancergenetics.com.au/
NSWThe Genetic Clinic0402 083 119http://thegeneticclinic.com.au/
QLDBrisbane Genetics07 3217 8244http://brisbanegenetics.com.au
QLDMedical Genetics Australia1300 651 741https://www.medgen.com.au/
SAAdelaide Oncology08 8463 2500http://www.aoah.com.au/
VICGenetic Counselling Australia1300 100 422https://geneticcounsellingaustralia.com.au/
VICGenetic Clinics Australia03 9528 1910https://www.geneticclinic.com.au/
WAWomen Centre08 9468 5188https://www.womencentre.com.au/
 
Please contact us to be added to this list.

Genomic Diagnostics offers free of charge Genetic counselling through their partners Genetic Counselling Australia when a Generation test returns a high risk result.

A specific referral form is provided with all Generation high risk results, which is then completed and faxed the Genetic Counselling Australia if the patient wishes to use this service. Patients will be contacted within 24 hours of receiving the fax to arrange a counselling appointment, which occurs as a telehealth consultation.

The Genetic Counselling session will include:

  • A detailed explanation of their high-risk result including chance that it is a true positive result
  • The benefits and limitations of the test
  • A description of the condition detected
  • The recommended next steps/further testing options
  • Discussion about the emotional and psychosocial impact of a high-risk Generation NIPT result
  • Plus answer any questions the patient may have

 

Following the session, a fact sheet will be provided to the patient and a letter will be forwarded to referring healthcare practitioner summarising the consultation.

 

Genomic Diagnostics offers free of charge Genetic counselling through their partners Genetic Counselling Australia for individuals who have been identified as a carrier from the core Genetic Carrier Screen test. This can occur before and/or after their partner has been tested.

A specific referral form is provided with all positive results for the core Genetic Carrier Screen, which is then completed and faxed the Genetic Counselling Australia if the patient wishes to use this service. Patients will be contacted within 48 hours of receiving the fax to arrange a counselling appointment, which occurs as a telehealth consultation.

The Genetic Counselling session will include:

  • Explanation of the individuals carrier and health status
  • Discussion about the carrier screening test plus its limitations
  • Genetics and inheritance in general
  • Implications for other family members
  • For positive Cystic Fibrosis and Spinal Muscular Atrophy results only: Partner testing (if it has not already occured) and residual risk
  • Answering any questions they might have

 

Following the session, a fact sheet will be provided to the patient and a letter will be forwarded to referring healthcare practitioner summarising the consultation.

 

Genomic Diagnostics offers free of charge pre-test Genetic counselling through their partners Genetic Counselling Australia for individuals who qualify for the MBS Item number 73296 relating to breast and ovarian cancer genetic testing.

If the patient wishes to use this service, this is requested at the time of ordering the BraOVO test, with either the Genetic Counselling box ticked on the Cancer Genetics Request form, or “genetic counselling” written on the standard request form. Patients will be contacted upon receipt of the request by the laboratory to arrange a counselling appointment, which occurs as a telehealth consultation.

The Genetic Counselling session will include:

  • An explanation of genetics, inheritance and the concept of inherited cancers
  • Clarification of what the test is looking for, it’s utility, potential outcomes and implications for themselves and other family members
  • Discussion of the patient’s cancer experience and psychosocial impact
  • Plus answer any questions they may have.

 

Following the session, a fact sheet will be provided to the patient and a letter will be forwarded to referring healthcare practitioner summarising the consultation.

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